New Frankenstein Virus Plot Renders Computers Lifeless
Those with executive jobs are always on the lookout for the newest viruses sweeping the nation, with an eye toward preemptively protecting their networks. Should a bug install itself, both client and company data could be rendered vulnerable. However, the latest malware may already be present within some computers, lying in wait inside legitimate programs.
According to NBC News, researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas recently uncovered a new way for hackers to successfully install viruses on computers, despite the new methods administrators are using to guard against malware. The source said the virus-building concept is being called Frankenstein - the bug can build itself up inside a computer using different elements already present on programs that would otherwise be considered safe.
Wired Magazine explained that researchers Vishwath Mohan and Kevin Hamlen have not actually created this sort of virus yet, though they believe their building blocks could be scaled to do so. The news source said the team accessed just three regular programs, but were able to identify 100,000 different elements within the code that could be used by a hacker to remotely assemble a virus.