Detecting Ransomware Execution in a Timely Manner

Anthony Melaragno, William Casey

Ransomware has been an ongoing issue since the early 1990s. In recent times ransomware has spread from traditional computational resources to cyber-physical systems and industrial controls. We devised a series of experiments in which virtual instances are infected with ransomware. We instrumented the instances and collected resource utilization data across a variety of metrics (CPU, Memory, Disk Utility). We design a change point detection and learning method for identifying ransomware execution. Finally we evaluate and demonstrate its ability to detect ransomware efficiently in a timely manner when trained on a minimal set of samples. Our results represent a step forward for defense, and we conclude with further remarks for the path forward.

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