Malware Sample Sources for Researchers

Malware researchers have the need to collect malware samples to research threat techniques and develop defenses. Researchers can collect such samples using honeypots. They can also download samples from known malicious URLs. They can also obtain malware samples from the following sources:

Be careful not to infect yourself when accessing and experimenting with malicious software!

My other lists of online security resources outline Automated Malware Analysis Services and On-Line Tools for Malicious Website Lookups. Also, take a look at tips sharing malware samples with other researchers.

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Lenny Zeltser is a seasoned business and technology leader with extensive information security experience. He builds innovative endpoint defense solutions as VP of Products at Minerva Labs. In a previous role, he was responsible for security product management at NCR Corp. Lenny also trains incident response and digital forensics professionals at SANS Institute. He frequently speaks at industry events, writes articles and has co-authored books. Lenny has earned the prestigious GIAC Security Expert designation, has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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