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Detecting Energy-Greedy Anomalies and Mobile Malware Variants

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Executive Summary

Mobile users of computation and communication services have been rapidly adopting battery-powered mobile handhelds, such as PocketPCs and SmartPhones, for their work. However, the limited battery-lifetime of these devices restricts their portability and applicability, and this weakness can be exacerbated by mobile malware targeting depletion of battery energy. Such malware are usually difficult to detect and prevent, and frequent outbreaks of new malware variants also reduce the effectiveness of commonly-seen signature-based detection. To alleviate these problems, the paper proposes a power-aware malware-detection frame-work that monitors, detects, and analyzes previously un-known energy-depletion threats.

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