Free Malware Sample Sources for Researchers

Malware researchers frequently seek malware samples to analyze threat techniques and develop defenses. In addition to downloading samples from known malicious URLs, researchers can obtain malware samples from the following free 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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I design practical security solutions and shepherd them to a sustainable state. I used to be hands-on in many areas of cybersecurity and IT. Now I focus on strategy and leadership, treating security as an enabler that helps people and companies achieve their goals. As the CISO of Axonius, I lead the security program to earn customers' trust and fuel the company's growth. Earlier, I built security products and services. I'm also a Faculty Fellow at SANS Institute, where I help professionals develop malware analysis skills.

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