An Israeli start-up company says that it will soon be able to stop ALL viruses and malware!
Viruses, malware and trojan horses cost the world economy hundreds of billions of dollars a year!
CyActive’s founders Liran Tancman and Shlomi Boutnaru essentially put on hacker’s hats and they may have beaten the hackers at their own game.
Together, they developed an automated process that generates new variants of existing malware, well before the hackers do.
That way, they will know exactly how to defend their customers even before an attack is even launched.
So How Does It Work?
Cyactive’s anti-malware technology aims for the core of the virus, which is the original damaging code that hackers keep recycling.
"Much of the code found in even major attacks is reused over and over again in new attacks. There has actually never been a virus that did not draw substantially on malware that was already in existence!".
"Especially today, when hacking has become such a lucrative worldwide business, hackers need to produce. They don’t have time to reinvent the wheel, and nor do they have to as things stand".
"The problem is that cyber-security is reactive, and not proactive. A company will spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to secure themselves against a major malware variant, fighting off a specific attack. But getting around those defenses is easy for a hacker.
"All they have to do is insert some changes in their malware code, and they are in the clear".
"For $150, a cyber-criminal can hire a hacker to do $25 million of damage, and then do it again a few months later, making very minor changes to their malware code".
What Is Liran Tancan’s Background?
Tancman was head of Israeli’s Cyber-strategy, which is in an elite IDF (Israel Defense Force) intelligence unit and he has a decade of experience in Israel’s intelligence corps.
"If we can develop defenses against the core of the malware, the 98% of the code that is just a variant of existing malware, we could end virus attacks for good".
The Key-Chain Of Exploitation
Cyactive has developed smart algorithms that Tancman says are able to explore and analyze malware to see where it came from, and where it is going.
"You can see very clearly what the "key chain of exploitation" is, and the methods that hackers are using now, and also the variants they are likely to use".
"Even the major attacks of recent years, like Flame, Stuxnet, and others, all use a similar core".
Why Do Hackers Reuse The Same Core?
"Hackers have neither the time, the resources, or even the skills to build a whole new exploitation keychain that will attack systems from other angles".
Will Viruses And Malware Soon Be Extinct?
According to Tancman,
"Hacking will soon become almost impossible and as soon as overnight".
And New Viruses?
Tancman says that even if hackers manage to develop new core technologies, that following just one attack, that Cyactive could almost immediately neutralize the new design.
"Eventually hackers will get the message, that the work they are putting into hacking just isn’t paying off like it used to, with the result being an end to hacking as we know it".
And How About Financing?
According to Yoav Tzruya, a partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) and a member of Cyactive’s board.
"We met Liran and his co-founder and CTO Shlomi Boutnaru, and realized we had some special people here. They are both acclaimed cyber-security professionals who have won major awards. What they are essentially doing is applying the principles of genetic computation to detect the next generation of viruses".
Cyactive was established just a few months ago, and it was the first start-up to be accepted into JVP’s new cyber-security incubator, located in Beersheba.
"They just started and already they are candidates for some large investments. This technology is a great example of the cyber-security capabilities being developed in Israel at JVP’s incubator".