US authorities developing malware detection program


It’s been revealed that US authorities are working on a malware detection program. The software, dubbed MalSee, is said to be able to detect malware faster than current methods.

Developed by the US Navy’s Center for High Assurance Computer Systems (CHACS), and researchers at Mayachitra who have also been working on the web-accessible service, released the following statement:

“We propose MalSee to leverage recent research performed by principals at Mayachitra to recast the suspect software binaries as images and exploit computer vision techniques to automatically classify malware.

“This approach offers the following advantages: Robustness to variations, speed and scalability, route for further exploration” the statement concluded.

The Center for High Assurance Computer Systems (CHACS) is a branch of the Information Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). CHACS conducts research and development in the areas of Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security. Mayachitra delivers state-of-the-art image informatics solutions to a diverse set of applications including security and surveillance, biomedical imaging, and defence.

The work from CHACS and Mayachitra comes as another attempt to combat cybercrime using artificial intelligence (AI) as organisations focus on finding new and innovating ways to deal with an equally innovating problem with other companies such as HP introduces laptops and workstations which already have built-in malware protection and annual revenues for security software reaching $23 billion U.S globally so far in 2019.

This week PrivSec:Report revealed that new mining malware is targeting Macs, but there are frequent reports where malware has proved to be a major problem for organisations due to their inability to deal with the malware.

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