About one year ago, Malwarebytes gained a new weapon in the fight against cyber-crime to accomplish things it had not been able to before, by releasing a tool known as “Chameleon”. Since then, very few changes have been made to the tool in helping it continue to evade the offensive efforts of malware against Malwarebytes software. In this blog post, we will look back at what Chameleon is, why it was necessary to create it and what changes we have made to it over the last year. In addition, we will also go over some of the inspiration that Chameleon has given us and how it is going to affect the fighting power of Malwarebytes in the future.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is under constant attack. 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
If you read my recent blog post about the development of Malwarebytes Chameleon, you know that we at Malwarebytes have big red ‘X’s on our chests; the bad guys are always out to get us. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been downloaded 100 million times, is one of the most popular and effective anti-malware cleanup tools out there, and is a threat to the malware industry’s bottom line (what, you didn’t know there was a malware industry?) As such, it’s no surprise that malware is constantly trying to thwart our software.
The fight against malware is a cat-and-mouse game. It is constant and constantly escalating. They make a move, you counter it, they counter your counter, lather, rinse, repeat.
What’s more: malware almost always has the advantage. Our software Malwarebytes Anti-Malware earned a reputation for having a high success rate in combating new in-the-wild malware infections: in contrast to other security vendors, we can often successfully remove malware that others can only detect. What that means in practice though is that we are often installed after-the-fact to clean up malware that is already entrenched in a system, waiting, holding the upper hand.