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Spreading of computer viruses on time-varying networks

Spreading of computer viruses on time-varying networks

Brett, Terry, Loukas, George, Moreno, Yamir and Perra, Nicola (2019) Spreading of computer viruses on time-varying networks. Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 99 (5):050303(R). ISSN 1539-3755 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.99.050303)

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Abstract

Social networks are the prime channel for the spreading of computer viruses. Yet the study of their propagation neglects the temporal nature of social interactions and the heterogeneity of users' susceptibility. Here, we introduce a theoretical framework that captures both properties. We study two realistic types of viruses propagating on temporal networks featuring Q categories of susceptibility and derive analytically the invasion threshold. We found that the temporal coupling of categories might increase the fragility of the system to cyber threats. Our results show that networks' dynamics and their interplay with users features are crucial for the spreading of computer viruses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Time-varying networks, cyber threats spreading, nonlinear dynamics, interdisciplinary physics, networks
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 14:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23908

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