An Examination of the Operational Requirements of Weaponised Malware

Abstract:

Malware is often used in cyberconflict scenarios. Both nation-states and non-nation threat actor groups utilise malware to execute cyberattacks. The current study examines the general role of weaponised malware in cyber conflicts and outlines the operational requirements for such weaponisation of malware. Operational needs as well as ethical considerations, including target discrimination, are examined. One goal of this study is to propose a particular taxonomy for malware that is oriented to appropriate selection of weaponised malware for cyberwarfare scenarios.


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CEC-Security Plano, Texas
U.S.

Chuck Easttom has worked in the  IT  industry for more than 25 years and in training for more than 15 years. He is the author of 26 computer science books and an inventor with 13 computer science patents. He has also authored dozens of research papers on topics such as cryptography, mathematical modelling, digital forensics, malware research, and cyber warfare. He consults with and trains major companies and government agencies around the world. He is also a frequent speaker at scientific and security conferences such as DefCon, SecureWorld, ISC2 Congress, IEEE, and IAFLS.

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