Friday, July 12, 2019

ZIP files and BAT files and DLLs - Oh my!

from here

I understand that technical jargon can be tough sometimes because it doesn't mean anything unless you're steeped in the technical minutia of the field in question - but fileless malware is just bad jargon.

A layperson looks at the word and then looks at what the word is being used to describe, and you know what they'll think? They'll think "No. This can't be the right word. There must be some mistake. That's not what this word means." This isn't a problem of the word being abstract, it's a problem of the word being too basic and too well defined outside of the field, and that definition contradicting how it's used inside the field.

Somebody came up with this term (turd), and they did a bad job. I understand that there may be a need for a word to encode the concept, but this is not that word, you need to go back to the drawing board.