Microsoft and Intel project converts malware into images before analyzing it


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Microsoft and Intel have recently collaborated on a new research project that explored a new approach to detecting and classifying malware.

Called STAMINA (STAtic Malware-as-Image Network Analysis), the project relies on a new technique that converts malware samples into grayscale images and then scans the image for textural and structural patterns specific to malware samples.

How STAMINA actually works

The Intel-Microsoft research team said the entire process followed a few simple steps. The first consisted of taking an input file and converting its binary form into a stream of raw pixel data.

Researchers then took this one-dimensional (1D) pixel stream and converted it into a 2D photo so that normal image analysis algorithms can analyze it.

The width of the image was selected based on the input file’s size, using the table below. The height was dynamic, and resulted from dividing

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Tesla sues Alameda County for not allowing its factory to reopen

Tesla has filed a lawsuit against California’s Alameda County for not allowing the company to restart operations at its factory based in Fremont.

The company’s Fremont factory has not been in operation since March 23 after Alameda County ordered  the factory to remain closed as part of social distancing measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

In the filing, Tesla alleges that Alameda County’s shutdown order violates the fourteenth amendment and ignores California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order in March that permits businesses in “16 crucial infrastructure industries”, including transportation equipment manufacturing, to continue work during the outbreak.

It added that there was “no rational basis” for the factory’s shutdown, and that the county has allegedly contradicted its own substantive guidance of what companies are essential and allowed to operate during COVID-19.

The company is seeking a permanent injunction that would invalidate the county’s order for Tesla’s Fremont factory to remain

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UK comms market set for shake-up as O2 and Virgin Media confirm merger

In a potentially seismic shift for the UK telecoms industry, Liberty Global and Telefónica have revealed that their respective UK subsidiaries, cable company Virgin Media and mobile operator O2, are to merge their operations.

The 50-50 joint venture, expected to close around the middle of 2021 subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions, will create what the partners say will be the UK’s leading integrated fixed-mobile communications provider with more than 46 million video, broadband and mobile subscribers in the country with and an estimated £11bn of revenue.

The deal will combine O2’s core network of mobile users as well as those from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) Giffgaff, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile and Lycamobile with the Virgin cable network, which is rapidly being upgraded for gigabit broadband.

The combined networks would see the synergy of Virgin’s plans to offer gigabit speeds to more than 15 million homes across

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