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Khan, Riaz Ullah, Zhang, Xiaosong, Alazab, Mamoun, Kumar, Rajesh.  2019.  An Improved Convolutional Neural Network Model for Intrusion Detection in Networks. 2019 Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics Conference (CCC). :74–77.

Network intrusion detection is an important component of network security. Currently, the popular detection technology used the traditional machine learning algorithms to train the intrusion samples, so as to obtain the intrusion detection model. However, these algorithms have the disadvantage of low detection rate. Deep learning is more advanced technology that automatically extracts features from samples. In view of the fact that the accuracy of intrusion detection is not high in traditional machine learning technology, this paper proposes a network intrusion detection model based on convolutional neural network algorithm. The model can automatically extract the effective features of intrusion samples, so that the intrusion samples can be accurately classified. Experimental results on KDD99 datasets show that the proposed model can greatly improve the accuracy of intrusion detection.

Khan, Riaz Ullah, Kumar, Rajesh, Alazab, Mamoun, Zhang, Xiaosong.  2019.  A Hybrid Technique To Detect Botnets, Based on P2P Traffic Similarity. 2019 Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics Conference (CCC). :136–142.
The botnet has been one of the most common threats to the network security since it exploits multiple malicious codes like worm, Trojans, Rootkit, etc. These botnets are used to perform the attacks, send phishing links, and/or provide malicious services. It is difficult to detect Peer-to-peer (P2P) botnets as compare to IRC (Internet Relay Chat), HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) and other types of botnets because of having typical features of the centralization and distribution. To solve these problems, we propose an effective two-stage traffic classification method to detect P2P botnet traffic based on both non-P2P traffic filtering mechanism and machine learning techniques on conversation features. At the first stage, we filter non-P2P packages to reduce the amount of network traffic through well-known ports, DNS query, and flow counting. At the second stage, we extract conversation features based on data flow features and flow similarity. We detected P2P botnets successfully, by using Machine Learning Classifiers. Experimental evaluations show that our two-stage detection method has a higher accuracy than traditional P2P botnet detection methods.
Wang, Dong, Ming, Jiang, Chen, Ting, Zhang, Xiaosong, Wang, Chao.  2018.  Cracking IoT Device User Account via Brute-force Attack to SMS Authentication Code. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Radical and Experiential Security. :57–60.

IoT device usually has an associated application to facilitate customers' interactions with the device, and customers need to register an account to use this application as well. Due to the popularity of mobile phone, a customer is encouraged to register an account with his own mobile phone number. After binding the device to his account, the customer can control his device remotely with his smartphone. When a customer forgets his password, he can use his mobile phone to receive a verification code that is sent by the Short Message Service (SMS) to authenticate and reset his password. If an attacker gains this code, he can steal the victim's account (reset password or login directly) to control the IoT device. Although IoT device vendors have already deployed a set of security countermeasures to protect account such as setting expiration time for SMS authentication code, HTTP encryption, and application packing, this paper shows that existing IoT account password reset via SMS authentication code are still vulnerable to brute-force attacks. In particular, we present an automatic brute-force attack to bypass current protections and then crack IoT device user account. Our preliminary study on popular IoT devices such as smart lock, smart watch, smart router, and sharing car has discovered six account login zero-day vulnerabilities.