Welcome to the Security and Analytics Lab (SEAL). The mission of SEAL is to advance the state-of-the-art of networked systems, systems security, online privacy, and Internet measurements. Currently, we are interested in DDoS attacks and mitigations, malware analysis (attribution and defenses), mobile security, threat intelligence, applied and adversarial machine learning, and security and privacy in emerging networking technologies.

Currently, our team consists of 7 Ph.D. students, and we are always looking for new talented applicants. We welcome master’s and undergraduate students to join our group. If you are at UCF, drop me line to set up a meeting. If not at UCF, look at our openings.

SEAL is directed by Associate Professor Aziz Mohaisen. For any inquires, email him at mohaisen at sign u.c.f. (without the dots) dot edu.

Recent News (2017 --)

Recent Publications (2015 - 2018)

ISOC NDSS 2018
ABC: Enabling Smartphone Authentication with Built-in Camera
IEEE TDSC 2018
A Data-Driven Study of DDoS Attacks and Their Dynamics
IEEE TDSC 2018
Look-aside At Your Own Risk: Privacy Implications of DNSSEC Look-aside Validation
IEEE ICASSP 2018
QOI: Assessing Participation in Threat Information Sharing
IEEE ICASSP 2018
DIGITALSEAL: A Transaction Authentication Tool for Online and Offline Transactions
IEEE ICC 2018
Countering Double-Spending in Next-Generation Blockchains
IEEE ICC 2018
Securing the Internet of Things: A Machine Learning Approach (tutorial)
IEEE HotPOST 2018
Towards Characterizing Blockchain-based Cryptocurrencies for Highly-Accurate Predictions
IEEE ICDCS 2017
An Adversary-Centric Behavior Modeling of DDoS Attacks
IEEE ICDCS 2017
Defending Against Voice Impersonation Attacks on Smartphones (Best student paper)
IEEE ICDCS 2017
Privacy Implications of DNSSEC-Lookaside Validation
IEEE INFOCOM 2017
Large-scale Invisible Attack on AFC Systems with NFC-equipped Smartphones
Financial Crypto 2017
Graph Encryption for Exact Shortest Distance Queries with Efficient Updates
SECURECOMM 2017
Understanding Adversarial Strategies from Bot Recruitment to Scheduling
ACM HotWeb 2017
Understanding the Effectiveness of Typosquatting Techniques
ACM HotWeb 2017
Rethinking Information Sharing for Threat Intelligence
ACM/IEEE ToN 2017
Leakage of .onion at the DNS Root: Measurements, Causes, and Countermeasures
IEEE TIFS 2017
Crime Scene Reconstruction: Online Gold Farming Network Analysis
ISOC NDSS 2016
Uncovering game bots in MMORPGs via self-similarity in the wild
IEEE TKDE 2016
Private Over-threshold Aggregation Protocols over Distributed Databases
DIMVA 2015
Revealing DDoS Attack Dynamics behind the Scenes
ACM ASIACCS 2015
Measuring Botnets in the Wild: Some New Trends
IEEE CNS 2015
Separating Benign and Malicious Network Events for Malware Classification
IEEE DSN 2015
Delving into Internet DDoS Attacks by Botnets: Characterization and Analysis
IEEE TDSC 2015
Timing Attacks on Access Privacy in ICN and Countermeasures

Media Coverage

2017
Phys.org, Sci. Amer., CBS, Financial Express, Tech Radar, NDTV, Science Daily, Gizmodo, etc.
2012
MIT Technology Review, The Verge, Data News, Atelier, msn.com.
2011
New Scientist, CBS News, Slashdot, METRO, The Register, Gizmodo, etc.

Sponsors

National Science Foundation Air Force Research Lab Air Force Office of Scientification Research NRF UCF NVIDIA