Invited Talk at AAAI 2014 Spring Symposia

It’s my pleasure to announce that I will be giving a talk at AAAI 2014 Spring Symposia on March 24th. As part of the Social Hacking and Cognitive Security on the Internet and New Media Symposium, I will be talking about our on-going research on protecting the social web from abusive automation, socialbots in particular.

This symposium, which is sponsored by AAAI and held in cooperation with the Stanford University Computer Science Department, will convene a diverse group of experts relevant to the broad area of cognitive security (“CogSec”) that includes the development of methods that (1) detect and analyze cognitive vulnerabilities and (2) block efforts that exploit cognitive vulnerabilities to influence collective action at multiple scales.

Design and Analysis of a Social Botnet

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!).

Invited Talk at CIPS Vancouver Sec SIG

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.