August 28, 2012

‘Frankenstein’ Programmers Test a Cybersecurity Monster

UT Dallas Researchers Hope Software Helps Develop Defenses Against New Kinds of Attacks

UT Dallas computer scientists are trying to stay one step ahead of cyberattackers by creating their own monster. Their monster can cloak itself as it steals and reconfigures information in a computer program.

In part because of the potentially destructive nature of their technology, creators have named this software system Frankenstein, after the monster-creating scientist in author Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.