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2022-11-18
Almuhtadi, Wahab, Bahri, Surbhi, Fenwick, Wynn, Henderson, Liam, Henley-Vachon, Liam, Mukasa, Joshua.  2021.  Malware Detection and Security Analysis Capabilities in a Continuous Integration / Delivery Context Using Assemblyline. 2021 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE). :1—5.
Risk management is an essential part of software security. Assemblyline is a software security tool developed by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) for malware detection and analysis. In this paper, we examined the performance of Assemblyline for assessing the risk of executable files. We developed and examined use-cases where Assemblyline is included as part of a security safety net assessing vulnerabilities that would lead to risk. Finally, we considered Assemblyline’s utility in a continuous integration / delivery context using our test results.
2022-11-02
Agarwal, Samaksh, Girdhar, Nancy, Raghav, Himanshu.  2021.  A Novel Neural Model based Framework for Detection of GAN Generated Fake Images. 2021 11th International Conference on Cloud Computing, Data Science & Engineering (Confluence). :46–51.
With the advancement in Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), it has become easier than ever to generate fake images. These images are more realistic and non-discernible by untrained eyes and can be used to propagate fake information on the Internet. In this paper, we propose a novel method to detect GAN generated fake images by using a combination of frequency spectrum of image and deep learning. We apply Discrete Fourier Transform to each of 3 color channels of the image to obtain its frequency spectrum which shows if the image has been upsampled, a common trend in most GANs, and then train a Capsule Network model with it. Conducting experiments on a dataset of almost 1000 images based on Unconditional data modeling (StyleGan2 - ADA) gave results indicating that the model is promising with accuracy over 99% when trained on the state-of-the-art GAN model. In theory, our model should give decent results when trained with one dataset and tested on another.
2022-10-12
Singh Sengar, Alok, Bhola, Abhishek, Shukla, Ratnesh Kumar, Gupta, Anurag.  2021.  A Review on Phishing Websites Revealing through Machine Learning. 2021 10th International Conference on System Modeling & Advancement in Research Trends (SMART). :330—335.
Phishing is a frequent assault in which unsuspecting people’s unique, private, and sensitive information is stolen through fake websites. The primary objective of phishing websites’consistent resource allocators isto steal unique, private, and sensitive information such as user login passwords and online financial transactions. Phishers construct phony websites that look and sound just like genuine things. With the advent of technology, there are protecting users significantly increased in phishing methods. It necessitates the development of an anti-phishing technology to identify phishing and protect users. Machine learning is a useful technique for combating phishing attempts. These articles were utilized to examine Machine learning for detection strategies and characteristics.
2022-09-09
Saini, Anu, Sri, Manepalli Ratna, Thakur, Mansi.  2021.  Intrinsic Plagiarism Detection System Using Stylometric Features and DBSCAN. 2021 International Conference on Computing, Communication, and Intelligent Systems (ICCCIS). :13—18.
Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas without giving them due credit and representing it as one’s own work. In today's world, it is very easy to plagiarize others' work due to advancement in technology, especially by the use of the Internet or other offline sources such as books or magazines. Plagiarism can be classified into two broad categories on the basis of detection namely extrinsic and intrinsic plagiarism. Extrinsic plagiarism detection refers to detecting plagiarism in a document by comparing it against a given reference dataset, whereas, Intrinsic plagiarism detection refers to detecting plagiarism with the help of variation in writing styles without using any reference corpus. Although there are many approaches which can be adopted to detect extrinsic plagiarism, few are available for intrinsic plagiarism detection. In this paper, a simplified approach is proposed for developing an intrinsic plagiarism detector which is helpful in detecting plagiarism even when no reference corpus is available. The approach deals with development of an intrinsic plagiarism detection system by identifying the writing style of authors in the document using stylometric features and Density-Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise (DBSCAN) clustering. The proposed system has an easy to use interactive interface where user has to upload a text document to be checked for plagiarism and the result is displayed on the web page itself. In addition, the user can also see the analysis of the document in the form of graphs.
2022-07-14
Urooj, Umara, Maarof, Mohd Aizaini Bin, Al-rimy, Bander Ali Saleh.  2021.  A proposed Adaptive Pre-Encryption Crypto-Ransomware Early Detection Model. 2021 3rd International Cyber Resilience Conference (CRC). :1–6.
Crypto-ransomware is a malware that uses the system’s cryptography functions to encrypt user data. The irreversible effect of crypto-ransomware makes it challenging to survive the attack compared to other malware categories. When a crypto-ransomware attack encrypts user files, it becomes difficult to access these files without having the decryption key. Due to the availability of ransomware development tool kits like Ransomware as a Service (RaaS), many ransomware variants are being developed. This contributes to the rise of ransomware attacks witnessed nowadays. However, the conventional approaches employed by malware detection solutions are not suitable to detect ransomware. This is because ransomware needs to be detected as early as before the encryption takes place. These attacks can effectively be handled only if detected during the pre-encryption phase. Early detection of ransomware attacks is challenging due to the limited amount of data available before encryption. An adaptive pre-encryption model is proposed in this paper which is expected to deal with the population concept drift of crypto-ransomware given the limited amount of data collected during the pre-encryption phase of the attack lifecycle. With such adaptability, the model can maintain up-to-date knowledge about the attack behavior and identify the polymorphic ransomware that continuously changes its behavior.
2022-07-12
Akowuah, Francis, Kong, Fanxin.  2021.  Real-Time Adaptive Sensor Attack Detection in Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems. 2021 IEEE 27th Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS). :237—250.
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) tightly couple information technology with physical processes, which rises new vulnerabilities such as physical attacks that are beyond conventional cyber attacks. Attackers may non-invasively compromise sensors and spoof the controller to perform unsafe actions. This issue is even emphasized with the increasing autonomy in CPS. While this fact has motivated many defense mechanisms against sensor attacks, a clear vision on the timing and usability (or the false alarm rate) of attack detection still remains elusive. Existing works tend to pursue an unachievable goal of minimizing the detection delay and false alarm rate at the same time, while there is a clear trade-off between the two metrics. Instead, we argue that attack detection should bias different metrics when a system sits in different states. For example, if the system is close to unsafe states, reducing the detection delay is preferable to lowering the false alarm rate, and vice versa. To achieve this, we make the following contributions. In this paper, we propose a real-time adaptive sensor attack detection framework. The framework can dynamically adapt the detection delay and false alarm rate so as to meet a detection deadline and improve the usability according to different system status. The core component of this framework is an attack detector that identifies anomalies based on a CUSUM algorithm through monitoring the cumulative sum of difference (or residuals) between the nominal (predicted) and observed sensor values. We augment this algorithm with a drift parameter that can govern the detection delay and false alarm. The second component is a behavior predictor that estimates nominal sensor values fed to the core component for calculating the residuals. The predictor uses a deep learning model that is offline extracted from sensor data through leveraging convolutional neural network (CNN) and recurrent neural network (RNN). The model relies on little knowledge of the system (e.g., dynamics), but uncovers and exploits both the local and complex long-term dependencies in multivariate sequential sensor measurements. The third component is a drift adaptor that estimates a detection deadline and then determines the drift parameter fed to the detector component for adjusting the detection delay and false alarms. Finally, we implement the proposed framework and validate it using realistic sensor data of automotive CPS to demonstrate its efficiency and efficacy.
Tekiner, Ege, Acar, Abbas, Uluagac, A. Selcuk, Kirda, Engin, Selcuk, Ali Aydin.  2021.  SoK: Cryptojacking Malware. 2021 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P). :120—139.
Emerging blockchain and cryptocurrency-based technologies are redefining the way we conduct business in cyberspace. Today, a myriad of blockchain and cryp-tocurrency systems, applications, and technologies are widely available to companies, end-users, and even malicious actors who want to exploit the computational resources of regular users through cryptojacking malware. Especially with ready-to-use mining scripts easily provided by service providers (e.g., Coinhive) and untraceable cryptocurrencies (e.g., Monero), cryptojacking malware has become an indispensable tool for attackers. Indeed, the banking industry, major commercial websites, government and military servers (e.g., US Dept. of Defense), online video sharing platforms (e.g., Youtube), gaming platforms (e.g., Nintendo), critical infrastructure resources (e.g., routers), and even recently widely popular remote video conferencing/meeting programs (e.g., Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic) have all been the victims of powerful cryptojacking malware campaigns. Nonetheless, existing detection methods such as browser extensions that protect users with blacklist methods or antivirus programs with different analysis methods can only provide a partial panacea to this emerging crypto-jacking issue as the attackers can easily bypass them by using obfuscation techniques or changing their domains or scripts frequently. Therefore, many studies in the literature proposed cryptojacking malware detection methods using various dynamic/behavioral features. However, the literature lacks a systemic study with a deep understanding of the emerging cryptojacking malware and a comprehensive review of studies in the literature. To fill this gap in the literature, in this SoK paper, we present a systematic overview of cryptojacking malware based on the information obtained from the combination of academic research papers, two large cryptojacking datasets of samples, and 45 major attack instances. Finally, we also present lessons learned and new research directions to help the research community in this emerging area.
2022-04-19
Shehab, Manal, Korany, Noha, Sadek, Nayera.  2021.  Evaluation of the IP Identification Covert Channel Anomalies Using Support Vector Machine. 2021 IEEE 26th International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD). :1–6.
IP Identification (IP ID) is an IP header field that identifies a data packet in the network to distinguish its fragments from others during the reassembly process. Random generated IP ID field could be used as a covert channel by embedding hidden bits within it. This paper uses the support vector machine (SVM) while enabling a features reduction procedure for investigating to what extend could the entropy feature of the IP ID covert channel affect the detection. Then, an entropy-based SVM is employed to evaluate the roles of the IP ID covert channel hidden bits on detection. Results show that, entropy is a distinct discrimination feature in classifying and detecting the IP ID covert channel with high accuracy. Additionally, it is found that each of the type, the number and the position of the hidden bits within the IP ID field has a specified influence on the IP ID covert channel detection accuracy.
Al-Eidi, Shorouq, Darwish, Omar, Chen, Yuanzhu, Husari, Ghaith.  2021.  SnapCatch: Automatic Detection of Covert Timing Channels Using Image Processing and Machine Learning. IEEE Access. 9:177–191.
With the rapid growth of data exfiltration carried out by cyber attacks, Covert Timing Channels (CTC) have become an imminent network security risk that continues to grow in both sophistication and utilization. These types of channels utilize inter-arrival times to steal sensitive data from the targeted networks. CTC detection relies increasingly on machine learning techniques, which utilize statistical-based metrics to separate malicious (covert) traffic flows from the legitimate (overt) ones. However, given the efforts of cyber attacks to evade detection and the growing column of CTC, covert channels detection needs to improve in both performance and precision to detect and prevent CTCs and mitigate the reduction of the quality of service caused by the detection process. In this article, we present an innovative image-based solution for fully automated CTC detection and localization. Our approach is based on the observation that the covert channels generate traffic that can be converted to colored images. Leveraging this observation, our solution is designed to automatically detect and locate the malicious part (i.e., set of packets) within a traffic flow. By locating the covert parts within traffic flows, our approach reduces the drop of the quality of service caused by blocking the entire traffic flows in which covert channels are detected. We first convert traffic flows into colored images, and then we extract image-based features for detection covert traffic. We train a classifier using these features on a large data set of covert and overt traffic. This approach demonstrates a remarkable performance achieving a detection accuracy of 95.83% for cautious CTCs and a covert traffic accuracy of 97.83% for 8 bit covert messages, which is way beyond what the popular statistical-based solutions can achieve.
Conference Name: IEEE Access
2022-04-13
Bozorov, Suhrobjon.  2021.  DDoS Attack Detection via IDS: Open Challenges and Problems. 2021 International Conference on Information Science and Communications Technologies (ICISCT). :1—4.
This paper discusses DDoS attacks, their current threat level and IDS systems, which are one of the main tools to protect against them. It focuses on the problems encountered by IDS systems in detecting DDoS attacks and the difficulties and challenges of integrating them with artificial intelligence systems today.
2022-03-22
Xu, Ben, Liu, Jun.  2021.  False Data Detection Based On LSTM Network In Smart Grid. 2021 4th International Conference on Advanced Electronic Materials, Computers and Software Engineering (AEMCSE). :314—317.
In contrast to traditional grids, smart grids can help utilities save energy, thereby reducing operating costs. In the smart grid, the quality of monitoring and control can be fully improved by combining computing and intelligent communication knowledge. However, this will expose the system to FDI attacks, and the system is vulnerable to intrusion. Therefore, it is very important to detect such erroneous data injection attacks and provide an algorithm to protect the system from such attacks. In this paper, a FDI detection method based on LSTM has been proposed, which is validated by the simulation on the ieee-14 bus platform.
2022-03-01
Vrána, Roman, Ko\v renek, Jan.  2021.  Efficient Acceleration of Decision Tree Algorithms for Encrypted Network Traffic Analysis. 2021 24th International Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits Systems (DDECS). :115–118.
Network traffic analysis and deep packet inspection are time-consuming tasks, which current processors can not handle at 100 Gbps speed. Therefore security systems need fast packet processing with hardware acceleration. With the growing of encrypted network traffic, it is necessary to extend Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSes) and other security tools by new detection methods. Security tools started to use classifiers trained by machine learning techniques based on decision trees. Random Forest, Compact Random Forest and AdaBoost provide excellent result in network traffic analysis. Unfortunately, hardware architectures for these machine learning techniques need high utilisation of on-chip memory and logic resources. Therefore we propose several optimisations of highly pipelined architecture for acceleration of machine learning techniques based on decision trees. The optimisations use the various encoding of a feature vector to reduce hardware resources. Due to the proposed optimisations, it was possible to reduce LUTs by 70.5 % for HTTP brute force attack detection and BRAMs by 50 % for application protocol identification. Both with only negligible impact on classifiers' accuracy. Moreover, proposed optimisations reduce wires and multiplexors in the processing pipeline, positively affecting the proposed architecture's maximal achievable frequency.
2022-02-07
Abbood, Zainab Ali, Atilla, Doğu Çağdaş, Aydin, Çağatay, Mahmoud, Mahmoud Shuker.  2021.  A Survey on Intrusion Detection System in Ad Hoc Networks Based on Machine Learning. 2021 International Conference of Modern Trends in Information and Communication Technology Industry (MTICTI). :1–8.
This advanced research survey aims to perform intrusion detection and routing in ad hoc networks in wireless MANET networks using machine learning techniques. The MANETs are composed of several ad-hoc nodes that are randomly or deterministically distributed for communication and acquisition and to forward the data to the gateway for enhanced communication securely. MANETs are used in many applications such as in health care for communication; in utilities such as industries to monitor equipment and detect any malfunction during regular production activity. In general, MANETs take measurements of the desired application and send this information to a gateway, whereby the user can interpret the information to achieve the desired purpose. The main importance of MANETs in intrusion detection is that they can be trained to detect intrusion and real-time attacks in the CIC-IDS 2019 dataset. MANETs routing protocols are designed to establish routes between the source and destination nodes. What these routing protocols do is that they decompose the network into more manageable pieces and provide ways of sharing information among its neighbors first and then throughout the whole network. The landscape of exciting libraries and techniques is constantly evolving, and so are the possibilities and options for experiments. Implementing the framework in python helps in reducing syntactic complexity, increases performance compared to implementations in scripting languages, and provides memory safety.
2022-02-04
Caskey, Susan A., Gunda, Thushara, Wingo, Jamie, Williams, Adam D..  2021.  Leveraging Resilience Metrics to Support Security System Analysis. 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST). :1–7.
Resilience has been defined as a priority for the US critical infrastructure. This paper presents a process for incorporating resiliency-derived metrics into security system evaluations. To support this analysis, we used a multi-layer network model (MLN) reflecting the defined security system of a hypothetical nuclear power plant to define what metrics would be useful in understanding a system’s ability to absorb perturbation (i.e., system resilience). We defined measures focusing on the system’s criticality, rapidity, diversity, and confidence at each network layer, simulated adversary path, and the system as a basis for understanding the system’s resilience. For this hypothetical system, our metrics indicated the importance of physical infrastructure to overall system criticality, the relative confidence of physical sensors, and the lack of diversity in assessment activities (i.e., dependence on human evaluations). Refined model design and data outputs will enable more nuanced evaluations into temporal, geospatial, and human behavior considerations. Future studies can also extend these methodologies to capture respond and recover aspects of resilience, further supporting the protection of critical infrastructure.
2022-01-10
Hu, Guangjun, Li, Haiwei, Li, Kun, Wang, Rui.  2021.  A Network Asset Detection Scheme Based on Website Icon Intelligent Identification. 2021 Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications Technology and Computer Science (ACCTCS). :255–257.
With the rapid development of the Internet and communication technologies, efficient management of cyberspace, safe monitoring and protection of various network assets can effectively improve the overall level of network security protection. Accurate, effective and comprehensive network asset detection is the prerequisite for effective network asset management, and it is also the basis for security monitoring and analysis. This paper proposed an artificial intelligence algorithm based scheme which accurately identify the website icon and help to determine the ownership of network assets. Through experiments based on data set collected from real network, the result demonstrate that the proposed scheme has higher accuracy and lower false alarm rate, and can effectively reduce the training cost.
2021-10-04
Alsoghyer, Samah, Almomani, Iman.  2020.  On the Effectiveness of Application Permissions for Android Ransomware Detection. 2020 6th Conference on Data Science and Machine Learning Applications (CDMA). :94–99.
Ransomware attack is posting a serious threat against Android devices and stored data that could be locked or/and encrypted by such attack. Existing solutions attempt to detect and prevent such attack by studying different features and applying various analysis mechanisms including static, dynamic or both. In this paper, recent ransomware detection solutions were investigated and compared. Moreover, a deep analysis of android permissions was conducted to identify significant android permissions that can discriminate ransomware with high accuracy before harming users' devices. Consequently, based on the outcome of this analysis, a permissions-based ransomware detection system is proposed. Different classifiers were tested to build the prediction model of this detection system. After the evaluation of the ransomware detection service, the results revealed high detection rate that reached 96.9%. Additionally, the newly permission-based android dataset constructed in this research will be made available to researchers and developers for future work.
2021-09-21
Vaseer, Gurveen.  2020.  Multi-Attack Detection Using Forensics and Neural Network Based Prevention for Secure MANETs. 2020 11th International Conference on Computing, Communication and Networking Technologies (ICCCNT). :1–6.
This paper presents Forensic methods for detection and prevention of multiple attacks along with neural networks like Denial-of-Service (DoS), probe, vampire, and User-to-Root (U2R) attacks, in a Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET). We accomplish attacker(s) detection and prevention percentage upto 99% in varied node density scenarios 50/100/150.
2021-09-08
Yamanoue, Takashi, Murakami, Junya.  2020.  Development of an Intrusion Detection System Using a Botnet with the R Statistical Computing System. 2020 9th International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics (IIAI-AAI). :59–62.
Development of an intrusion detection system, which tries to detect signs of technology of malware, is discussed. The system can detect signs of technology of malware such as peer to peer (P2P) communication, DDoS attack, Domain Generation Algorithm (DGA), and network scanning. The system consists of beneficial botnet and the R statistical computing system. The beneficial botnet is a group of Wiki servers, agent bots and analyzing bots. The script in a Wiki page of the Wiki server controls an agent bot or an analyzing bot. An agent bot is placed between a LAN and its gateway. It can capture every packet between hosts in the LAN and hosts behind the gateway from the LAN. An analyzing bot can be placed anywhere in the LAN or WAN if it can communicate with the Wiki server for controlling the analyzing bot. The analyzing bot has R statistical computing system and it can analyze data which is collected by agent bots.
2021-06-30
Biroon, Roghieh A., Pisu, Pierluigi, Abdollahi, Zoleikha.  2020.  Real-time False Data Injection Attack Detection in Connected Vehicle Systems with PDE modeling. 2020 American Control Conference (ACC). :3267—3272.
Connected vehicles as a promising concept of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), are a potential solution to address some of the existing challenges of emission, traffic congestion as well as fuel consumption. To achieve these goals, connectivity among vehicles through the wireless communication network is essential. However, vehicular communication networks endure from reliability and security issues. Cyber-attacks with purposes of disrupting the performance of the connected vehicles, lead to catastrophic collision and traffic congestion. In this study, we consider a platoon of connected vehicles equipped with Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) which are subjected to a specific type of cyber-attack namely "False Data Injection" attack. We developed a novel method to model the attack with ghost vehicles injected into the connected vehicles network to disrupt the performance of the whole system. To aid the analysis, we use a Partial Differential Equation (PDE) model. Furthermore, we present a PDE model-based diagnostics scheme capable of detecting the false data injection attack and isolating the injection point of the attack in the platoon system. The proposed scheme is designed based on a PDE observer with measured velocity and acceleration feedback. Lyapunov stability theory has been utilized to verify the analytically convergence of the observer under no attack scenario. Eventually, the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm is evaluated with simulation study.
2021-05-13
Tong, Zhongkai, Zhu, Ziyuan, Wang, Zhanpeng, Wang, Limin, Zhang, Yusha, Liu, Yuxin.  2020.  Cache side-channel attacks detection based on machine learning. 2020 IEEE 19th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (TrustCom). :919—926.
Security has always been one of the main concerns in the field of computer architecture and cloud computing. Cache-based side-channel attacks pose a threat to almost all existing architectures and cloud computing. Especially in the public cloud, the cache is shared among multiple tenants, and cache attacks can make good use of this to extract information. Cache side-channel attacks are a problem to be solved for security, in which how to accurately detect cache side-channel attacks has been a research hotspot. Because the cache side-channel attack does not require the attacker to physically contact the target device and does not need additional devices to obtain the side channel information, the cache-side channel attack is efficient and hidden, which poses a great threat to the security of cryptographic algorithms. Based on the AES algorithm, this paper uses hardware performance counters to obtain the features of different cache events under Flush + Reload, Prime + Probe, and Flush + Flush attacks. Firstly, the random forest algorithm is used to filter the cache features, and then the support vector machine algorithm is used to model the system. Finally, high detection accuracy is achieved under different system loads. The detection accuracy of the system is 99.92% when there is no load, the detection accuracy is 99.85% under the average load, and the detection accuracy under full load is 96.57%.
2021-04-27
Sharma, S., Zavarsky, P., Butakov, S..  2020.  Machine Learning based Intrusion Detection System for Web-Based Attacks. 2020 IEEE 6th Intl Conference on Big Data Security on Cloud (BigDataSecurity), IEEE Intl Conference on High Performance and Smart Computing, (HPSC) and IEEE Intl Conference on Intelligent Data and Security (IDS). :227—230.

Various studies have been performed to explore the feasibility of detection of web-based attacks by machine learning techniques. False-positive and false-negative results have been reported as a major issue to be addressed to make machine learning-based detection and prevention of web-based attacks reliable and trustworthy. In our research, we tried to identify and address the root cause of the false-positive and false-negative results. In our experiment, we used the CSIC 2010 HTTP dataset, which contains the generated traffic targeted to an e-commerce web application. Our experimental results demonstrate that applying the proposed fine-tuned feature set extraction results in improved detection and classification of web-based attacks for all tested machine learning algorithms. The performance of the machine learning algorithm in the detection of attacks was evaluated by the Precision, Recall, Accuracy, and F-measure metrics. Among three tested algorithms, the J48 decision tree algorithm provided the highest True Positive rate, Precision, and Recall.

2021-04-08
Zhang, H., Ma, J., Wang, Y., Pei, Q..  2009.  An Active Defense Model and Framework of Insider Threats Detection and Sense. 2009 Fifth International Conference on Information Assurance and Security. 1:258—261.
Insider attacks is a well-known problem acknowledged as a threat as early as 1980s. The threat is attributed to legitimate users who take advantage of familiarity with the computational environment and abuse their privileges, can easily cause significant damage or losses. In this paper, we present an active defense model and framework of insider threat detection and sense. Firstly, we describe the hierarchical framework which deal with insider threat from several aspects, and subsequently, show a hierarchy-mapping based insider threats model, the kernel of the threats detection, sense and prediction. The experiments show that the model and framework could sense the insider threat in real-time effectively.
2021-03-18
Bi, X., Liu, X..  2020.  Chinese Character Captcha Sequential Selection System Based on Convolutional Neural Network. 2020 International Conference on Computer Vision, Image and Deep Learning (CVIDL). :554—559.

To ensure security, Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA) is widely used in people's online lives. This paper presents a Chinese character captcha sequential selection system based on convolutional neural network (CNN). Captchas composed of English and digits can already be identified with extremely high accuracy, but Chinese character captcha recognition is still challenging. The task we need to complete is to identify Chinese characters with different colors and different fonts that are not on a straight line with rotation and affine transformation on pictures with complex backgrounds, and then perform word order restoration on the identified Chinese characters. We divide the task into several sub-processes: Chinese character detection based on Faster R-CNN, Chinese character recognition and word order recovery based on N-Gram. In the Chinese character recognition sub-process, we have made outstanding contributions. We constructed a single Chinese character data set and built a 10-layer convolutional neural network. Eventually we achieved an accuracy of 98.43%, and completed the task perfectly.

2021-03-09
Zhou, B., He, J., Tan, M..  2020.  A Two-stage P2P Botnet Detection Method Based on Statistical Features. 2020 IEEE 11th International Conference on Software Engineering and Service Science (ICSESS). :497—502.

P2P botnet has become one of the most serious threats to today's network security. It can be used to launch kinds of malicious activities, ranging from spamming to distributed denial of service attack. However, the detection of P2P botnet is always challenging because of its decentralized architecture. In this paper, we propose a two-stage P2P botnet detection method which only relies on several traffic statistical features. This method first detects P2P hosts based on three statistical features, and then distinguishes P2P bots from benign P2P hosts by means of another two statistical features. Experimental evaluations on real-world traffic datasets shows that our method is able to detect hidden P2P bots with a detection accuracy of 99.7% and a false positive rate of only 0.3% within 5 minutes.

2021-03-04
Wang, H., Sayadi, H., Kolhe, G., Sasan, A., Rafatirad, S., Homayoun, H..  2020.  Phased-Guard: Multi-Phase Machine Learning Framework for Detection and Identification of Zero-Day Microarchitectural Side-Channel Attacks. 2020 IEEE 38th International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD). :648—655.

Microarchitectural Side-Channel Attacks (SCAs) have emerged recently to compromise the security of computer systems by exploiting the existing processors' hardware vulnerabilities. In order to detect such attacks, prior studies have proposed the deployment of low-level features captured from built-in Hardware Performance Counter (HPC) registers in modern microprocessors to implement accurate Machine Learning (ML)-based SCAs detectors. Though effective, such attack detection techniques have mainly focused on binary classification models offering limited insights on identifying the type of attacks. In addition, while existing SCAs detectors required prior knowledge of attacks applications to detect the pattern of side-channel attacks using a variety of microarchitectural features, detecting unknown (zero-day) SCAs at run-time using the available HPCs remains a major challenge. In response, in this work we first identify the most important HPC features for SCA detection using an effective feature reduction method. Next, we propose Phased-Guard, a two-level machine learning-based framework to accurately detect and classify both known and unknown attacks at run-time using the most prominent low-level features. In the first level (SCA Detection), Phased-Guard using a binary classification model detects the existence of SCAs on the target system by determining the critical scenarios including system under attack and system under no attack. In the second level (SCA Identification) to further enhance the security against side-channel attacks, Phased-Guard deploys a multiclass classification model to identify the type of SCA applications. The experimental results indicate that Phased-Guard by monitoring only the victim applications' microarchitectural HPCs data, achieves up to 98 % attack detection accuracy and 99.5% SCA identification accuracy significantly outperforming the state-of-the-art solutions by up to 82 % in zero-day attack detection at the cost of only 4% performance overhead for monitoring.