Publication Date

Spring 2021

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Mark Stamp

Second Advisor

Mike Wu

Third Advisor

Fabio Di Troia


Malware Evolution, Hidden Markov models, word embeddings


Malware evolves over time and anti-virus must adapt to such evolution. Hence, it is critical to detect those points in time where malware has evolved so that appro-priate countermeasures can be undertaken. In this research, we perform a variety of experiments to determine when malware evolution is likely to have occurred. All of the evolution detection techniques that we consider are based on machine learning and can be fully automated—in particular, no reverse engineering or other labor-intensive manual analysis is required. Specifically, we consider analysis based on hidden Markov models and various word embedding techniques, among other machine learning based approaches.