University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 18 March 2009
John Aycock, University of Calgary
Alana Maurushat, University of New South Wales
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This paper was published in 17th Virus Bulletin International Conference, 2007, pp. 275-281.
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 legal issues. We hope to provoke a meaningful discussion on future threat research within the anti-virus community.