Patents by Inventor Matt Boucher

Matt Boucher has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10339304
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating tripwire files may include (1) generating an initial tripwire file according to an initial tripwire generation calculation, the initial tripwire file configured such that modification of the initial tripwire file triggers investigation of a security breach, (2) generating a subsequent tripwire file according to a subsequent tripwire generation calculation, the subsequent tripwire generation calculation differing from the initial tripwire generation calculation along at least one dimension, (3) receiving automated feedback that indicates whether at least one of the initial tripwire file and the subsequent tripwire file failed to enable detection of a security threat, and (4) adjusting automatic generation of a third tripwire file based on the automated feedback indicating whether at least one of the initial tripwire file and the subsequent tripwire file failed to detect the security threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Gu, Ilya Sokolov, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 10292047
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for preventing tracking of mobile devices may include (1) identifying, from a first device with wireless networking capability, an initial service set identifier used by the first device as identification for a wireless network, where a second device with wireless networking capability also uses the initial service set identifier, (2) determining, based at least in part on a time indicator at the first device, that the initial service set identifier is to be changed, (3) generating a new service set identifier for use by the first device instead of the initial service set identifier, where the new service set identifier is generated with an identifier generation algorithm that is also used by the second device, and (4) replacing use of the initial service set identifier by the first device with use of the new service set identifier. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Jiang, Michael Shavell, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 10148688
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for detecting illegitimate devices on wireless networks may include (1) identifying an initial set of hops that represent devices on a wireless network that relay network traffic between the computing device and a destination, (2) identifying, after identifying the initial set of hops, a new set of hops that relay the network traffic between the computing device and the destination, (3) comparing the initial set of hops to the new set of hops, and (4) determining, based on the comparison, that the new set of hops comprises an abnormality that indicates an illegitimate device is intercepting the network traffic on the wireless network between the computing device and the destination. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shavell, Matt Boucher, Christopher Robichaud
  • Patent number: 10068089
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for network security may include (1) obtaining initial information that at least partially identifies an initial access point for connecting to a network, (2) after obtaining the initial information, obtaining subsequent information that at least partially identifies a subsequent access point for connecting to the same network, (3) comparing, by a security program, the initial information and the subsequent information in an attempt to detect whether the initial access point and the subsequent access point are the same, (4) detecting, based on the comparison, an indication that the initial access point and the subsequent access point are different, and (5) performing, by the security program in response to detecting the indication that the initial access point and the subsequent access point are different, a remedial action to protect a user. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shavell, Matt Boucher, Kevin Jiang
  • Patent number: 10032033
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for protecting backed-up data from ransomware attacks may include (1) determining that a backup system periodically backs up at least one file stored at a computing device to a remote storage system by storing a copy of the file at the remote storage system, (2) identifying one or more characteristics of the file backed up by the backup system, (3) storing a tripwire file with the one or more characteristics at the computing device, (4) determining that the file stored at the computing device has likely been encrypted by ransomware executing on the computing device by detecting that the tripwire file has been modified, (5) performing an action that prevents the backup system from replacing the copy of the file at the remote storage system with a copy of the encrypted file. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Gu, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 10004986
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for monitoring and evaluating video game activity by scanning for communications between a gaming console and peripherals that wirelessly communicate with the gaming console. An activity tracker receives wireless communications sent between the gaming console and a peripheral. The activity tracker generates one or more usage metrics describing the wireless communications. The activity tracker evaluates the network data based on or more specified rules. Upon determining that the usage metrics trigger a specified rule, the activity tracker generates a notification to describing those usage metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shavell, Kevin Jiang, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 9882889
    Abstract: Techniques for user authentication are disclosed. In one embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a method including during registration of a user, receiving a first captured image of a physical key having a blade; identifying from the captured image a plurality of features associated with the blade of the physical key; associating the identified plurality of features with the user as key feature data; in response to a subsequent access request by the user requiring authorization of the user, prompting the user to present the physical key; receiving a second captured image in response to prompting the user; analyzing the second image to determine if the key feature data is represented in the second image; and in response to determining that the key feature data is represented in the second image, authorizing the user's access request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Lei Gu, Ilya Sokolov, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 9781604
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for detecting illegitimate devices on wireless networks may include (1) identifying a baseline signal strength for a wireless network, (2) monitoring a signal strength of the wireless network to obtain at least one additional signal strength measurement, (3) determining that the additional signal strength measurement varies from the baseline signal strength beyond a threshold, (4) determining, in response to determining that the additional signal strength measurement varies from the baseline signal strength, that an illegitimate device is present on the wireless network, and (5) initiating, in response to determining that the illegitimate device is present on the wireless network, a security action. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shavell, Matt Boucher, Christopher Robichaud
  • Publication number: 20170270293
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating tripwire files may include (1) generating an initial tripwire file according to an initial tripwire generation calculation, the initial tripwire file configured such that modification of the initial tripwire file triggers investigation of a security breach, (2) generating a subsequent tripwire file according to a subsequent tripwire generation calculation, the subsequent tripwire generation calculation differing from the initial tripwire generation calculation along at least one dimension, (3) receiving automated feedback that indicates whether at least one of the initial tripwire file and the subsequent tripwire file failed to enable detection of a security threat, and (4) adjusting automatic generation of a third tripwire file based on the automated feedback indicating whether at least one of the initial tripwire file and the subsequent tripwire file failed to detect the security threat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Lei Gu, IIya Sokolov, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 9749299
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for image-based encryption of cloud data may include (1) identifying a user account for a cloud data store, wherein the cloud data store stores at least one secret to be secured by encryption on behalf of the user account, (2) receiving an image file to be used at least in part to generate a cryptographic element to be used for encrypting the secret, the cryptographic element capable of being re-created when the image file is provided again at a later time, (3) using at least one cryptographic function, generating the cryptographic element based at least in part on the image file, and (4) securing the secret by encrypting the secret using the cryptographic element. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Ilya Sokolov, Lei Gu, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 9730075
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for detecting illegitimate devices on wireless networks may include (1) generating a fake network identification string that uniquely identifies a fake wireless network, (2) transmitting a request to connect to the fake wireless network, (3) receiving, in response to the request, a response from a network device that indicates the fake wireless network is available, and (4) determining, based on receiving the response that indicates the fake wireless network is available, that the network device is illegitimate. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Shavell, Matt Boucher, Christopher Robichaud, Kevin Jiang
  • Patent number: 9699140
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for selecting identifiers for wireless access points may include (1) receiving a request to establish an identifier for a configurable wireless access point, (2) identifying an existing access-point identifier that is used to identify at least one additional wireless access point, (3) determining a physical location of the configurable wireless access point, (4) verifying that the existing access-point identifier is not being used within a predetermined proximity of the physical location of the configurable wireless access point, and (5) assigning the existing access-point identifier to the configurable wireless access point. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Jiang, Matt Boucher, Michael Shavell
  • Publication number: 20170140156
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for protecting backed-up data from ransomware attacks may include (1) determining that a backup system periodically backs up at least one file stored at a computing device to a remote storage system by storing a copy of the file at the remote storage system, (2) identifying one or more characteristics of the file backed up by the backup system, (3) storing a tripwire file with the one or more characteristics at the computing device, (4) determining that the file stored at the computing device has likely been encrypted by ransomware executing on the computing device by detecting that the tripwire file has been modified, (5) performing an action that prevents the backup system from replacing the copy of the file at the remote storage system with a copy of the encrypted file. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Lei Gu, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 9292404
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include tracking a child's usage of a computing system. The computer-implemented method may also include generating an event history based on the child's usage of the computing system and identifying a restricted event that violated a parental-control policy. The computer-implemented method may further include creating an event trail by identifying at least one event in the event history that led to the restricted event. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Schepis, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 9256766
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for collecting thief-identifying information on stolen computing devices may include (1) receiving an indication that a computing device has been stolen, (2) detecting an attempt by a thief of the stolen computing device to access a user account of the thief via the stolen computing device, (3) collecting, based at least in part on detecting the attempt by the thief of the stolen computing device to access the user account of the thief via the stolen computing device, information capable of identifying the thief, and (4) reporting, to a remote computing device, the information capable of identifying the thief. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Newstadt, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 8631457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring text-based communications to secure a computer is described. In one embodiment, the method for monitoring text-based communications to secure a computer includes defining at least one portion of the computer display that is associated with text-based communications and examining the at least one portion of the computer display to identify textual data within the text-based communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Adam P. Schepis, Matt Boucher, Keith Newstadt, Robert Walters
  • Patent number: 8095672
    Abstract: Identities of owners of electronic communication aliases are collected from a plurality of client computers across a parental control system. Each collected identity corresponds to an electronic communication aliases used by at least one child associated with the originating client computer. The collected identities and the corresponding electronic communication aliases are stored. Response to receiving a collected identity, previously stored identities corresponding to the same electronic communication alias are retrieved, and compared to the received identity. The more previously stored identities match the received identity, the more likely the received identity is to be accurate. Therefore, based upon the comparison results, it can be determined whether the received identity is accurate or not. If it is determined that the received identity is false, the relevant parents are automatically notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Newstadt, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 8060734
    Abstract: An exemplary method for providing recommendations to improve boot performance based on community data is disclosed. In one embodiment, such a method may comprise: 1) identifying at least one startup item on a computing device that is scheduled to run at boot time, 2) requesting startup-recommendation information for the startup item from a server, 3) receiving the startup-recommendation information for the startup item from the server, the startup-recommendation information being based on data gathered from a community of users, and then 4) presenting the startup-recommendation information for the startup item to a user. Corresponding systems and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Newstadt, Mark Kennedy, Matt Boucher
  • Patent number: 7503021
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, system, and program product for diagnosing an integrated circuit. In particular, the invention captures one or more images for each relevant circuit layer of the integrated circuit. Based on the image(s), a component netlist is generated. Further, a logic netlist is generated by applying hierarchical composition rules to the component netlist. The component netlist and/or logic netlist can be compared to a reference netlist to diagnose the integrated circuit. The invention can further generate a schematic based on the component netlist or logic netlist in which components are arranged according to port, power, and/or component pin connection information determined from the netlist. Further, the schematic can be displayed in a manner that wiring connections are selectively displayed to assist a user in intelligently arranging the circuit components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matt Boucher, John M. Cohn, Richard Dauphin, Mark Masters, Judith H. McCullen, Sarah C. Braasch, Michael H. Sitko
  • Publication number: 20050278667
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, system, and program product for diagnosing an integrated circuit. In particular, the invention captures one or more images for each relevant circuit layer of the integrated circuit. Based on the image(s), a component netlist is generated. Further, a logic netlist is generated by applying hierarchical composition rules to the component netlist. The component netlist and/or logic netlist can be compared to a reference netlist to diagnose the integrated circuit. The invention can further generate a schematic based on the component netlist or logic netlist in which components are arranged according to port, power, and/or component pin connection information determined from the netlist. Further, the schematic can be displayed in a manner that wiring connections are selectively displayed to assist a user in intelligently arranging the circuit components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Publication date: December 15, 2005
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matt Boucher, John Cohn, Richard Dauphin, Mark Masters, Judith McCullen, Sarah Braasch, Michael Sitko