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Evolution of Malware. Jennifer Leggette and Michael Tyler. Four Phases :. Experiments Pranks Malicious/For Profit Future of Malware. Experiments. Purpose: benign or caused accidental damage, mostly wanted to spread Why: Programmers wanted to gain experience Example: Creeper. Creeper.

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Evolution of malware

Evolution of Malware

Jennifer Leggette and Michael Tyler


Evolution of malware

FourPhases:

Experiments

Pranks

Malicious/For Profit

Future of Malware


Experiments

Experiments

  • Purpose: benign or caused accidental damage, mostly wanted to spread

  • Why: Programmers wanted to gain experience

  • Example: Creeper


Creeper

Creeper

  • Originated in the early 1970’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Spread through ARPAnet

  • Displayed:

    I’M THE CREEPER: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN


Pranks

Pranks

  • Some were harmless while others were highly damaging

  • First malware prank: Elk Cloner, written by a high school student which the purpose was to display a poem on the screen once in every 50 boot ups.


Code red

Code Red

  • July 2001

  • Exploited buffer overflow

  • Defaced websites and launched denial of service attacks

  • Affected site read:

  • “HELLO! Welcome to http://www.worm.com! Hacked by Chinese!”


Explorezip

ExploreZip

  • Microsoft Office, C source and C++ source files


Malicious for profit

Malicious/For Profit

  • Adware

    • Display advertisements

  • Spyware

    • Gain information about the user without their knowledge

  • Ransomware

    • Prevents user from using system as normal


Evolution of malware

  • Fake antivirus software


Future of malware

Future of Malware

  • Espionage

  • Cyberwarfare

  • New Platforms


  • Login