Obfuscation: The Hidden Malware

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A cyberwar exists between malware writers and antimalware researchers. At this war's heart rages a weapons race that originated in the 80s with the first computer virus. Obfuscation is one of the latest strategies to camouflage the telltale signs of malware, undermine antimalware software, and thwart malware analysis. Malware writers use packers, polymorphic techniques, and metamorphic techniques to evade intrusion detection systems. The need exists for new antimalware approaches that focus on what malware is doing rather than how it's doing it.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12267650
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Security & Privacy Magazine
Issue number5
Early online date04 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law

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