COAR Attends DEF CON 24

28821925312_a7758ea297_bWe’re a little late posting about this, but wanted to share the experience… DEF CON is a conference tailored to “hackers”, but grabs much attention from security professionals, students, and many hobbyists. The conference was founded in 1993 by Jeff Moss and has been held in Las Vegas, Nevada ever since. DEF CON has evolved to arguably the largest “hacking” and computer security conference in the world with over 22,000 attendees, according to Paul Szolda in his article “Here’s what happens when 20,000 hackers invade Las Vegas for a week of hacking, booze, and debauchery”.

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COAR is Hiring!

The Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research (COAR) team is hiring!
The program is growing and Argonne is opening several positions in cyber security, cyber analysis, and cyber research at all levels of appointment starting at the junior all the way to highest level, including leadership positions.

What We Do in COAR
The COAR team develops and implements the tools and provides the expertise to conduct extensive analysis to support Federal agencies, military sponsors, and commercial organizations in efforts to improve the security and resilience of their network design and operations. The COAR team has analyzed vulnerabilities and potential consequences within cloud infrastructure, blood banks, and industrial control systems, etc. The team also has current research being done in moving target defense, vehicle security, botnet research, and visualizing dependencies.

What do we do at Argonne
Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where “dream teams” of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security. We pursue big, ambitious ideas that redefine what is possible. Our pursuit of groundbreaking discoveries pushes the boundaries of fundamental science, applied science and engineering to solve complex challenges and develop useful technologies that can transform the marketplace and change the world.

Why Work at Argonne?
The world’s best and brightest cyber minds come to Argonne; minds that have a passion for excellence and a desire to apply their technical expertise to solve problems of national and global significance. The emphasis here is on work excellence in a relaxed atmosphere. Similar to a university campus, you will experience groups of employees working, talking, and walking together within Argonne’s wooded grounds formulating the next scientific breakthrough.

Take a look at the positions that are open within COAR today.
Cyber Security Analyst
Cyber Security Specialist
Cyber Analysis and Research Team Lead
Secure Operations and Hosting Section Lead
Cyber Security Intern : 192-GSS-1 OR 193-GSS-1

If you have any questions regarding these positions or the team please email

Reverse Engineering Fake XP Antivirus Malware

Malware is one of the most common problems for the average computer user, which can result in unexpected behavior, slow response times, and possible privacy or data breaches. While the typical user may spend their time trying to remove malware,  security researchers spend their time exploring the inner workings of these programs. This process is called reverse engineering which focuses on finding out exactly what these programs do, how they do it, and how to recognize or defeat their malicious actions. This work can lead to better antivirus software which, in turn, can recognize and stop malware from running and as well as even reverse damage done to the infected computer.

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