Halting Attacks Via Obstructing Configurations


HAVOC is a software application that uses small system configuration changes to cause malware to fail at runtime. The current prototype is a Windows GUI application that presents a dashboard for the user to view and control the HAVOC methods in use on the local system.

HAVOC alters the configuration of a defender’s system in a way that specifically targets the heterogeneity relied on by autonomous malware. By making these targeted benign changes, HAVOC adds failure-causing unknowns for autonomous malware, and eliminates the traditional information asymmetry advantage of the attacker. This is a cyber-domain implementation of the Counter Intel & Special Ops theory known as the Moving Target Defense.

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