In the world of malware analysis, there is sometimes confusion between the terms “artifacts” and “indicators of compromise (IOCs).” This is understandable because many malware analysis engines don’t distinguish between the two.
The issue for malware analysts is how does one find these meaningful IOCs, small in size, among an enormous pile of artifacts? This search carries with it some issues, foremost a “fear of false positives” because misclassifying an artifact as an IOC can lead to false alerts and potentially create a direct negative impact on the production network.
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