Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks


View as: Print Mobile App Share: Send by email Share on reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Hacker News Share on Tweeter Share on Facebook
Artist's impression of malware.

New software identifies ransomware before it can cause catastrophic damage.

Credit: Getty Images

Engineers at Southern Methodist University (SMU)'s Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity have developed software that identifies ransomware attacks before attackers can cause catastrophic damage, even if the ransomware is new and has not been previously used.

This sensor-based ransomware detection does not rely on data from past ransomware infections to detect new ones on a computer.

The software searches for small but distinguishable power surges in certain sensors within computers, in order to detect unauthorized encryptions. The software then alerts the computer to suspend or terminate the infection before the encryption can be completed.

SMU's Mike Taylor said the software can scan computers in a fraction of the time that existing software can and identify malware before extensive damage occurs.

From Southern Methodist University
View Full Article

 

Abstracts Copyright © 2020 SmithBucklin, Washington, DC, USA


 

No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account
ACM Resources