Acquisition of Malicious Code Using Active Learning

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Executive Summary

The recent growth in network usage has motivated the creation of new malicious code for various purposes, including economic and other malicious purposes. Currently, dozens of new malicious codes are created every day, and this number is expected to increase in coming years. Today's signature-based anti-viruses and heuristic-based methods are accurate, but cannot detect new malicious code. Recently, classification algorithms were used successfully for the detection of malicious code. The authors present a complete methodology for the detection of unknown malicious code, inspired by text categorization concepts. However, this approach can be exploited further to achieve a more accurate and efficient acquisition method of unknown malicious files.

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