Rupinder Paul Khandpur, Taoran Ji, Naren Ramakrishnan


Social media is often viewed as a sensor into various societal events such as disease outbreaks, protests, and elections. We describe the use of social media as a crowdsourced sensor to gain insight into ongoing cyber-attacks. Our approach detects a broad range of cyber-attacks (e.g., distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, data breaches, and account hijacking) in a weakly supervised manner using just a small set of seed event triggers and requires no training or labeled samples. A new query expansion strategy based on convolution kernels and dependency parses helps model semantic structure and aids in identifying key event characteristics. Through a large-scale analysis over Twitter, we demonstrate that our approach consistently identifies and encodes events, outperforming existing methods.

Rupinder Paul Khandpur, Taoran Ji, Steve T. K. Jan, Gang Wang, Chang-Tien Lu, Naren Ramakrishnan: Crowdsourcing Cybersecurity: Cyber Attack Detection using Social Media. CIKM 2017: 1049-1057


Naren Ramakrishnan

Taoran Ji

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November 6, 2017
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