Software sensors to detect Ransomware Attacks


A team of researchers from Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security has discovered a new way to identify ransomware attacks and they argue that their newly invented procedure is quick enough to identify the threat before any a hacker/s can inflict severe damage to a company on an economic, functional and reputational note.

Darwin Deason University researchers who happen to work as a Cyber Arm for Southern Methodist University (SMU) have invented new software that doesn’t require any history of ransomware infections. It depends on the sensor data that is capable of tracking down ‘Zero Day’ ransomware threats never seen before by any computer.

Mike Taylor, the lead researcher, and creator of the software and Ph.D. student at SMU claims that the new software can scan the computer much faster than the existing software.

It operates by detecting small changes in certain sensors that are located inside every Computer as soon as any unauthorized encryptions take place.

We all know that power surges do take place in a PC when files are scrambled and these changes are detected by sensors that keep a constant monitor of voltage levels, power consumption, temperature change, and other characteristics.

And this is where the newly developed software starts monitoring the sensor data for characteristic surges and alerts the admin to suspend or terminate the file-encrypting process from encrypting files.

Traditionally, we use anti-malware solutions to keep a check on ransomware spread. But using a computer’s sensor to spot ransomware is rather a unique and novel concept….isn’t it?

Anyway, a lot of research is to be done on this note to get a clear picture of its success.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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