Attacking strategies and temporal analysis involving Facebook discussion groups

Chun Ming Lai, Xiaoyun Wang, Yunfeng Hong, Yu Cheng Lin, S. Felix Wu, Patrick McDaniel, Hasan Cam

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Abstract

Online social network (OSN) discussion groups are exerting significant effects on political dialogue. In the absence of access control mechanisms, any user can contribute to any OSN thread. Individuals can exploit this characteristic to execute targeted attacks, which increases the potential for subsequent malicious behaviors such as phishing and malware distribution. These kinds of actions will also disrupt bridges among the media, politicians, and their constituencies. For the concern of Security Management, blending malicious cyberattacks with online social interactions has introduced a brand new challenge. In this paper we describe our proposal for a novel approach to studying and understanding the strategies that attackers use to spread malicious URLs across Facebook discussion groups. We define and analyze problems tied to predicting the potential for attacks focused on threads created by news media organizations. We use a mix of macro static features and the micro dynamic evolution of posts and threads to identify likely targets with greater than 90% accuracy. One of our secondary goals is to make such predictions within a short (10 minute) time frame. It is our hope that the data and analyses presented in this paper will support a better understanding of attacker strategies and footprints, thereby developing new system management methodologies in handing cyber attacks on social networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783901882982
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Event13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Nov 26 2017Nov 30 2017

Publication series

Name2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017
Volume2018-January

Other

Other13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period11/26/1711/30/17

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Thread
Social Networks
Attack
Access control
Macros
Websites
Malware
Social Interaction
Access Control
Likely
Target
Methodology
Prediction
Strategy
Group discussion
Facebook
Online social networks
Dialogue
Control mechanism
Phishing

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Optimization

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Lai, C. M., Wang, X., Hong, Y., Lin, Y. C., Wu, S. F., McDaniel, P., & Cam, H. (2017). Attacking strategies and temporal analysis involving Facebook discussion groups. In 2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017 (pp. 1-9). (2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017; Vol. 2018-January). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.23919/CNSM.2017.8256040
Lai, Chun Ming ; Wang, Xiaoyun ; Hong, Yunfeng ; Lin, Yu Cheng ; Wu, S. Felix ; McDaniel, Patrick ; Cam, Hasan. / Attacking strategies and temporal analysis involving Facebook discussion groups. 2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. pp. 1-9 (2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017).
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Lai, CM, Wang, X, Hong, Y, Lin, YC, Wu, SF, McDaniel, P & Cam, H 2017, Attacking strategies and temporal analysis involving Facebook discussion groups. in 2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017. 2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017, vol. 2018-January, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 1-9, 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017, Tokyo, Japan, 11/26/17. https://doi.org/10.23919/CNSM.2017.8256040

Attacking strategies and temporal analysis involving Facebook discussion groups. / Lai, Chun Ming; Wang, Xiaoyun; Hong, Yunfeng; Lin, Yu Cheng; Wu, S. Felix; McDaniel, Patrick; Cam, Hasan.

2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2017. p. 1-9 (2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017; Vol. 2018-January).

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Lai CM, Wang X, Hong Y, Lin YC, Wu SF, McDaniel P et al. Attacking strategies and temporal analysis involving Facebook discussion groups. In 2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2017. p. 1-9. (2017 13th International Conference on Network and Service Management, CNSM 2017). https://doi.org/10.23919/CNSM.2017.8256040