Finding new varieties of malware with the classification of network behavior

Mitsuhiro Hatada, Tatsuya Mori

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An enormous number of malware samples pose a major threat to our networked society. Antivirus software and intrusion detection systems are widely implemented on the hosts and networks as fundamental countermeasures. However, they may fail to detect evasive malware. Thus, setting a high priority for new varieties of malware is necessary to conduct in-depth analyses and take preventive measures. In this paper, we present a traffic model for malware that can classify network behaviors of malware and identify new varieties of malware. Our model comprises malwarespecific features and general traffic features that are extracted from packet traces obtained from a dynamic analysis of the malware. We apply a clustering analysis to generate a classifier and evaluate our proposed model using large-scale live malware samples. The results of our experiment demonstrate the effectiveness of our model in finding new varieties of malware.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1691-1702
Number of pages12
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug


  • Clustering analysis
  • Malware communication model
  • Network behavior classification
  • New varieties of malware

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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