Decapitation via Digital Epidemics: A Bio-Inspired Transmissive Attack


The evolution of communication technology and the proliferation of electronic devices have rendered adversaries powerful means for targeted attacks via all sorts of accessible resources. In particular, owing to the intrinsic interdependency and ubiquitous connectivity of modern communication systems, adversaries can devise malware that propagates through intermediate hosts to approach the target, which we refer to as transmissive attacks. Inspired by biology, the transmission pattern of such an attack in the digital space much resembles the spread of an epidemic in real life. This paper elaborates transmissive attacks, summarizes the utility of epidemic models in communication systems, and draws connections between transmissive attacks and epidemic models. Simulations, experiments, and ongoing research challenges on transmissive attacks are also addressed.


Pin-Yu Chen, Ching-Chao Lin, Shin-Ming Cheng, Hsu-Chun Hsiao, and Chun-Ying Huang, "Decapitation via Digital Epidemics: A Bio-Inspired Transmissive Attack," IEEE Communication Magazine, to appear.


@ARTICLE{chen16:transmissive, author = {Pin-Yu Chen and Ching-Chao Lin and Shin-Ming Cheng and Hsu-Chun Hsiao and Chun-Ying Huang}, journal = {IEEE Communications Magazine}, title = {Decapitation via Digital Epidemics: A Bio-Inspired Transmissive Attack}, year = {2016}, month= {June} }