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There are more than 100 malicious computer attacks every second, resulting in tens of billions of dollars in economic damages each year. Among security professionals, the skills required to quickly analyze and assess these attacks are in high demand. Practical Malware Analysis provides a rapid introduction to the tools and methods used to dissect malicious software (malware), showing readers how to discover, debug, and disassemble these threats. The book goes on to examine how to overcome the evasive techniques--stealth, code obfuscation, encryption, file packing, and others--that malware authors use to thwart attempts to reverse engineer their programs. Key chapters include a lab at the end, which reviews important concepts from the discussion in the context of real-world malware examples. Drawn from the authors' extensive field experience combating malware, these labs make Practical Malware Analysis the perfect teaching tool for beginners and seasoned veterans alike.