27 Jan '15, 3pm

Rooting Out Malware With a Side-Channel Chip Defense System

Rooting Out Malware With a Side-Channel Chip Defense System

The world of malware has been turned on its head this week, as a company in Virginia has introduced a new cybersecurity technology that at first glance looks more like a classic cyberattack. The idea hatched by PFP Cybersecurity of Vienna, Va., is taken from the playbook of a famous cryptography-breaking scheme called the side channel attack . All malware, no matter the details of its code, authorship, or execution, must consume power. And, as PFP has found, the signature of malware’s power usage looks very different from the baseline power draw of a chip’s standard operations. So this week, PFP is announcing a two-pronged technology (called P2Scan and eMonitor) that physically sits outside the CPU and sniffs the chip’s electromagnetic leakage for telltale signatures of power consumption patterns indicating abnormal behavior. The result, they say, is a practically undetect...

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