Saturday, September 01, 2012

"The Economist" reports that future viruses may build on pre-installed apps

The Aug. 25, 2012 issue of “The Economist” offers a brief article “A thing of threads and patches: soon, computer viruses may assemble themselves from other bits of code”, link here

The article discusses a “Frankenstein” program designed by Vishwath Mohan and Kevin Hamlen, from the University of Texas at Dallas, and presented in Microsoft country in Washington state recently at a security conference. 

The theory is that viruses assembled from sequences of pre-installed code (like “Frankenstein” body parts or “pieces”, as in the notorious horror films from the 70s and 80s) would be harder for anti-virus software to detect, at least quickly, and could be useful in quick DOS attacks, or in industrial espionage. 

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