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Canadian spooks release their own malware detection tool


Canada's Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool.

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is a signals intelligence agency roughly equivalent to the United Kingdom's GCHQ, the USA's NSA and Australia's Signals Directorate. It has both intelligence-gathering and advisory roles.

It also has a tool called “Assemblyline” which it describes as a “scalable distributed file analysis framework” that can “detect and analyse malicious files as they are received.”

The agency explains the tool with the example of a financial officer who “... receives an email from an outside sender that includes a password-protected .zip file that contains a spreadsheet and a Word document with text for an annual report.” Said officer later “forwards that email to three colleagues within the department and attaches a .jpeg image of a potential cover for the report.”

“Assemblyline will start by examining the initial email. It automatically...(continued)

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