Summary: FUTURE THREATS AYCOCK & MAURUSHAT
275VIRUS BULLETIN CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 2007
Department of Computer Science, University of
Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales,
Sydney, NSW, Australia
`Aren't you just giving the virus writers ideas?'
Research into future security threats is not always taken kindly
by all members of the anti-virus community. Understanding
the bounds of security research is important, however, with the
increasing emphasis on proactive rather than reactive defences.
We begin to examine how far security research can go in terms
of looking at future threats, particularly the publication of
future threats. Our analysis addresses cultural, ethical and