Art at RSA – 3D Images of Virus Code


eWeek showcased the art this week of Alex Dragulescu and Julian Hodgson who used digital imagery to depict three-dimensional images of virus code. The work will be displayed as part of an art show on April 22 by Symantec at the RSA Conference. To bring the malware to life, the artists used a special application to analyze virus code that uses the code’s values to create a 3D image. From there, the image is transferred to modeling software, where it is positioned and lit to best capture the aesthetics of the model. The final image is then rendered for presentation. From eWeek:

There will be a total of 20 pictures on display, including six new additions to the threat art collection as well as a new visual synopsis collection depicting the services of Symantec’s MessageLabs. Here is a sneak peek at some of the sights visitors can expect. (All photos courtesy of MessageLabs, now part of Symantec.)

Here are some more examples of how artists and security researchers are using data visualization. heatmap_spam_euThis image displays a heat map of sending spam into spam traps. This is a map of Europe. The full story is on the Honeynet site: pp_spamarchitecture More work from Alex Dragelescu. According to the blog: "The images from the Spam Architecture series are generated by a computer program that accepts as input, junk email. Various patterns, keywords and rhythms found in the text are translated into three-dimensional modeling gestures." nep_rel_smallAccording to Jaime Blasco: I’m developing a tool to extract interesting information from malware files with the goal of generating a relation graph. The tool extract api calls and imported symbols of binary files, I´ve make some interesting graph from malware files collected by Nepenthes


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