Malware in the UbiComp world presented at Virus Bulletin 2006

by Morton Swimmer (Ibm research gmbh),

Tags: Security


Summary : "While it is not the reality yet, Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) and Ambient Intelligence
(AmI) is on the distant horizon of modern computing and networking. Precursors to UbiComp
and AmI can already be seen in recent developments of personal area networks (Bluetooth)
and systems like the BlueRoom configurable office, to name two. The technologies fundamentally
are game changers in computing, going way beyond what we've seen so far. However, very few
details have been worked out in detail and it remains hard to predict which directions these
technologies will eventually take amongst the various proposals currently being discussed.
In this paper, we will try to envision how UbiComp and AmI will affect security and the
malware problem in particular. We will see aspects that make malware spread harder as well
as others that will make it easier. Likewise, malware defence will probably become harder,
even though some aspects of UbiComp will provide us with new ways of tackling the
problem currently not useful or possible. We will also see how the transition to UbiComp
and AmI will occur over time.