The 'Frankenstein' Computer Viruses

A paper presented to a conference in Bellevue, Washington, earlier this month describes—for the enlightenment of the white hats in this arms race—an innovation that may make viruses still sneakier. Its authors, Vishwath Mohan and Kevin Hamlen of the University of Texas at Dallas, call their program “Frankenstein”, after the fictional scientist who (at least, in film versions of the story) stitched together his monster out of body parts scavenged from graveyards and slaughterhouses.

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