North Carolina State University's (NCSU's) Android Malware Genome Project is a malware-sharing initiative aimed at encouraging more collaboration on a new generation of malware to chart its characteristics and evolution in order to better defend against it.
The project's goal is to establish a better way of sharing malware samples and analysis, and developing better tools to fight it. "Basically, at this stage we want to open up first our current collection of Android malware samples and make them available to research community," says project leader and NCSU professor Xuxian Jiang.
The project data is being shared with several other universities, including Purdue University, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. The project demonstrates how academia is trying to avoid the mistakes of the past with malware research. NCSU researchers have collected more than 1,200 Android malware samples and will share this malware code with the Genome Project participants. The researchers tested four mobile security platforms and found that they can catch as many as 79.6 percent of Android malware, at best, verifying that current methods of detecting mobile malware are inadequate.
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