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'A Look into 30 Years of Malware Development from a Software Metrics Perspective'
'During the last decades, the problem of malicious and unwanted software (malware) has surged in numbers and sophistication. Malware plays a key role in most of today’s cyber attacks and has consolidated as a commodity in the underground economy. In this work, we analyze the evolution of malware since the early 1980s to date from a software engineering perspective. We analyze the source code of 151 malware samples and obtain measures of their size, code quality, and estimates of the development costs (effort, time, and number of people). Our results suggest an exponential increment of nearly one order of magnitude per decade in aspects such as size and estimated effort, with code quality metrics similar to those of regular software. Overall, this supports otherwise confirmed claims about the increasing complexity of malware and its production progressively becoming an industry.'
malware  coding  metrics  software  history  complexity  arms-race 
25 days ago by jm
Robot wars break out on poker sites • The Register
'The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites.' The anti-abuse arms race in poker hits the news
poker  arms-race  adversarial-classification  bots  abuse  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Exploring the Spam Arms Race to Characterize Spam Evolution
from last week's CEAS conference; research comparing SpamAssassin releases against the evolution of the surrounding spam environment. Nice work, I always wanted to write up something like this (via JD)
spam  anti-spam  ceas  conference  papers  research  spamassassin  adversarial-classification  evolution  arms-race  via:jd  from delicious
july 2010 by jm

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