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On the feasability of automated semantic attacks in the cloud

On the feasability of automated semantic attacks in the cloud

Heartfield, Ryan and Loukas, George (2013) On the feasability of automated semantic attacks in the cloud. In: 27th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences. Computer and Information Sciences (III). Springer, pp. 343-352. ISBN 9781447145936

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Abstract

While existing security mechanisms often work well against most known attack types, they are typically incapable of addressing semantic attacks. Such attacks bypass technical protection systems by exploiting the emotional response of the users in unusual technical configurations rather than by focussing on specific technical vulnerabilities. We show that semantic attacks can easily be performed in a cloud environment, where applications that would traditionally be run locally may now require interaction with an online system shared by several users. We illustrate the feasibility of an automated semantic attack in a popular cloud storage environment, evaluate its impact and provide recommendations for defending against such attacks.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 27th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences
Additional Information: [1] ISBN: 9781447145936 (Print); 9781447145943 (ebk). [2] This paper was first presented at the 27th International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS), held from 3-5 October 2012 in Paris, France. [3] This paper is published within Part IX Network Science II of the Symposium Proceedings. [4] An extended and revised version of the best papers at the Symposium will be considered for publication in The Computer Journal.
Uncontrolled Keywords: semantic attacks, cloud storage
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
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Last Modified: 01 Dec 2016 16:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9258

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