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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#1454 Generic OSX malware detection method explained
When it comes to detecting OS X malware, the future may not be rooted in machine learning algorithms, but patterns and heatmap visualization, a researcher posits.

In an academic paper published by Virus Bulletin on Monday, Vincent Van Mieghem, a former student at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, describes how a recurring pattern he observed in OS X system calls can be used to indicate the presence of malware.

Van Mieghem wrote the paper, “Behavioral Detection and Prevention of Malware on OS X,” (.PDF) while interning at Fox-IT but has since moved on to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ cybersecurity division.
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