Discovering Dark Matter: Towards better Android Malware Heuristics presented at LayerOne 2013

by Jimmy Shah, David Shaw, Matthew Mcdevitt,

Summary : There are nearly 1,000,000 free and paid Android apps available. A very small percentage of these mean to do you harm. Figuring out which apps are the bad ones is difficult enough for the average user, but it’s not much easier for malware analysts. Analysis tools and automation can help to filter this flood of apps. Towards the end of discovering new unknown malware in a timely manner, we are developing new heuristics.
We will cover:
* Existing analysis tools: manual and automated
* Development of new heuristics for malicious Android apps
* Comparing the results of running the heuristics vs. manual analyisis