Android Malware Genome Project

A new project seeks to better understand mobile malware in order to better design solutions.

According to the project's abstract, researcher Xuxian Jiang and his team at North Carolina State University have already collected over 1,200 pieces of Android malware and are now in the process of sharing that data with affiliate academic institutions. Jiang announced the Android Malware Genome Project at the May 22 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in San Francisco.

The project is attempting to systematically characterize various aspects such as their installation methods, activation mechanisms as well as the nature of carried malicious payloads from the malware samples collected from August 2010 through October 2011.

Universities contributing research include Purdue University; University of Michigan; University of California, Riverside; Northwestern University; Fudan University in China; Texas A&M University; University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Beijing Jiaotong University in China; University of California, Berkeley; University of Texas at Dallas; Vienna University of Technology, Austria; VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands; University of Washington; NQ Mobile, USA/China; and Mobile Defense, according to Dark Reading.

The PC world has a similar virus sharing project, however, the members are all private industry.