A group of researchers has been given a $7.1 million grant by the European Union and corporate sponsors to correlate malware data and find out more about its sources around the globe.
The three-year project, called Worldwide Observatory of Malicious Behavior and Attack Tools (WOMBAT), will begin in January, the project’s leader announced here yesterday.
In a Black Hat presentation, Stefano Zanero, a researcher at the Italian university Politecno de Milano and founder/CTO of Secure Network, said the project’s funding was approved “three or four days ago. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to be able to talk about it here.”
The goal of the project is to correlate malware data from the many different researchers who collect it, and to try to spot trends that might indicate where it comes from and how it proliferates.