Software forensics: extending authorship analysis techniques to computer programs
Gray, Andrew; Sallis, Philip; MacDonell, Stephen
The number of occurrences and severity of computer-based attacks such as viruses and worms, logic bombs, trojan horses, computer fraud, and plagiarism of code have become of increasing concern. In an attempt to better deal with these problems it is proposed that methods for examining the authorship of computer programs are necessary. This field is referred to here as software forensics. This involves the areas of author discrimination, identification, and characterisation, as well as intent analysis. Borrowing extensively from the existing fields of linguistics and software metrics, this can be seen as a new and exciting area for forensics to extend into.
Publisher: University of Otago
Series number: 97/14
Keywords: authorship analysis; computer programming; malicious programs; software forensics; software metrics; source code
Research Type: Discussion Paper
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