Today we are glad to announce that we have partnered with the University Carlos III of Madrid. Professor José María de Fuentes and his team are working on a research project called CAVTIONS-CM-UC3M and they decided to use ANY.RUN service for it.
Let us tell you more about this project.
The Government of Madrid and the University Carlos III of Madrid united to co-found CAVTIONS-CM-UC3M in 2019. The main goal of this project is to better understand a particular type of cyberthreats called Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Analysts carry out the investigation to characterize APTs from a technical viewpoint, considering a large and comprehensive dataset of samples of malware used as part of the malware.
For this purpose, an interdisciplinary approach was adopted with a team of computer scientists, experts in international relationships, and mathematicians. The research staff of the project is formed by 3 full professors, 3 associate professors, and 1 research assistant. All of them belong to the University Carlos III of Madrid. CAVTIONS-CM-UC3M is led by Prof. Lorena Gonzalez, while Prof. Florabel Quispe serves as a co-principal researcher.
ANY.RUN participation in research
The interactive sandbox takes part in the technical characterization of APTs. Without the analysis provided by ANY.RUN it would not be feasible to get such a varied amount of indicators of the behavior of the malware samples. A platform is able to analyze a vast array of malware in an affordable time, which is essential for the research.
The analysts from the University Carlos III of Madrid found that ANY.RUN offers an easy API integration that allows large-scale analysis. Understanding the behavior of a piece of malware requires a lot of time and a substantial amount of expertise. Thanks to our service, a lot of information on the internal behavior of the malware samples is provided in an automatic manner.
We are grateful the research team has trusted ANY.RUN to be a part of this project. Our service has already participated in collaborations with universities, but it’s an honor to join such a large investigation as CAVTIONS-CM-UC3M.
The project will last until the end of 2021, and we will definitely share its results with you.