Shalom Life | June 03, 2014

Israeli Startup Plans to Stop ALL Viruses

Israeli-based Cyactive's anti-malware technology looks to put an end to computer viruses before they even begin

By: Graham Sigurdson

Published: February 7th, 2014 in Business » Israel

Cyactive, an Israeli start up, has asserted that they may be capable of putting an end to every virus, malware, and trojan horse out there in the digital sphere. And not only will Cyactive stop viruses that are already active, but, as CEO/co-founder Liran Tancman says, they’ll be able to stop them before they are even invented.

Tancman notes that the evolutionary nature of viruses will be the secret to their downfall, reports the Times of Israel. “Much of the code found in even major attacks is reused over and over again in new attacks. There has actually never been a virus that did not draw substantially on malware that was already in existence,” he said.

Tancman noted that, because of the ‘lucrative’ nature of hacking, time is a commodity. Hackers don’t have the time to repeatedly reinvent their virus, and they don’t have the time to simply reuse a piece of code.

“The problem is that cyber-security is reactive, not proactive," Tancman explained. "A company will spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to secure themselves against a major malware variant, fighting off a specific attack. All they have to do is insert some changes in their malware code, and they are in the clear. For $150, a cybercriminal can hire a hacker to do $25 million of damage, and then do it again a few months later, making very minor changes to their malware code.”

Tancman’s previous experience comes from his time as a head of Cyber-strategy in an elite IDF intelligence unit, with a decade of experience in Israel’s intelligence corps. Having thought of these phenomenons of malware for an extended period of time, he has now developed what he believes will solve the problems of malware and viruses, be they ones existing in the present, or ones that will be invented in the future. “If we can develop defenses against the core of the malware, the 98% of the code that is just a variant of existing malware, we could end virus attacks for good,” he said.

According to Tancman, if his company's hypothesis on malware takes off, hacking will become a thing of the past, almost overnight. Even if hackers develop a new core technology, Cyactive would be able to respond after one attack - developing new anti-malware components. “Eventually hackers will get the message, that the work they are putting into hacking just isn’t paying off like it used to.”

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