Our article has been accepted for publication in Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks – Special Issue on Botnets (2012). In this research, we extend our previous work on socialbots and discuss the design and analysis of a social botnet, including its construction, operation, economic analysis, socio-technical challenges in defending against it, and potential research directions. If you haven’t read an academic paper on the malicious side of socialbots, then this article is a good starting point. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first comprehensive treatment of this emerging topic (and a nice read too!).
It was my pleasure to join CIPS Vancouver Security SIG at their meeting on May 11 and give a talk about our research on Socialbots, and in particular, on the design and analysis of a social botnet (including its construction, operation, economic analysis, socio-technical challenges in defending against it, and potential research directions).
The CIPS Vancouver Security Special Interest Group (Security SIG) is a group of information system security professionals dedicated to promoting awareness of issues and to furthering professional development in information systems. Founded in 1983, the Security SIG is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), a national association of information technology professionals.
I’ll be visiting the Computer Security Lab at Carleton University from April 30 to May 1, as part of NSERC ISSNet academic exchange program. Directed by Prof. Paul Van Oorschot, the lab’s objective is to explore fundamental security issues in networked information systems, emphasizing research projects motivated by real-world problems. I will be exploring potential collaboration with my host, David Barrera, along with other lab members. In particular, I will share the socio-technical challenges we have identified in our LEET’12 paper, and discuss initial thoughts and ideas on how to tackle them.