Why “They” Create Malware

First off, its fun for you until it goes into the wild and you get to call it cool names like Frankenstein.

The monstrous virus software, dubbed Frankenstein, was created by Vishwath Mohan and Kevin Hamlen at the University of Texas at Dallas. Having infected a computer, it searches the bits and bytes of common software such as Internet Explorer and Notepad for snippets of code called gadgets – short instructions that perform a particular kind of small task.

Previous research has shown that it is theoretically possible, given enough gadgets, to construct any computer program. Mohan and Hamlen set out to show that Frankenstein could build working malware code by having it create two simple algorithms purely from gadgets. “The two test algorithms we chose are simpler than full malware, but they are representative of the sort of core logic that real malware uses to unpack itself,” says Hamlen. “We consider this a strong indication that this could be scaled up to full malware.”

The research was part-funded by the US Air Force, and Hamlen says that Frankenstein could be particularly useful for national security agencies attempting to infiltrate enemy computer systems with unknown antivirus defenses.

What could possibly go wrong with that? Thanks for throwing your hat into the “Create More Malware for End Users” circle.

Frankenstein virus creates malware by pilfering code – New Scientist.

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