Michael Talks Tech

Current Research Focus

For anyone who’s taken the time to view the about us section of Michael Talks Tech, they will see that I am currently in my final year of university. As a result Michael Talks Tech has had to take a step back due to the amount of work I am dealing with at the moment.

My current research focus is within the domain of malware, I felt this was the best move for me due to my background and general interests.

Narrowing down the broad spectrum that is malware to a specific focus has led me down the path of Keyloggers. I found this domain intriguing as it allowed for my research to cover Cyber Security and loosely link into a small amount of Social Engineering.

As part of my research I have also been developing methods to scan and search for keyloggers on a system, this has led me down the path of MD5 signatures. Although I am aware that the method of detecting malware using MD5 signatures is a slightly outdated method (In comparison to self learning detection methods)

This further led me down the path of machine learning to detect for malware using both MD5 signatures as well as the sandboxing method. Sandboxing is an interesting method deploy as it requires the program to run the application in a ‘Sandbox’ environment and from their it will check the suspected applications interactions with the operating system.

There is currently a prototype application in development aimed at detecting and removing malware applications. And as a result of all this I have been having to put Michael Talks Tech on the back burner as it was becoming almost a fulltime job in regard to a number of the post that I have done and the research required for them.

Hopefully in the new year I will be able to start posting regularly again, as it is something that I find both interesting and also fun to do. Stay posted for much more to come!