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  • 1.
    De Donno, Michele
    et al.
    DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Dragoni, Nicola
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Mazzara, Manuel
    Innopolis University, Innopolis, Russian Federation.
    AntibIoTic: Protecting IoT Devices Against DDoS Attacks2018In: Proceedings of 5th International Conference in Software Engineering for Defence Applications: SEDA 2016 / [ed] Ciancarini, P.; Litvinov, S.; Messina, A.; Sillitti, A.; Succi, G., Cham: Springer, 2018, p. 59-72Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The 2016 is remembered as the year that showed to the world how dangerous Distributed Denial of Service attacks can be. Gauge of the disruptiveness of DDoS attacks is the number of bots involved: the bigger the botnet, the more powerful the attack. This character, along with the increasing availability of connected and insecure IoT devices, makes DDoS and IoT the perfect pair for the malware industry. In this paper we present the main idea behind AntibIoTic, a palliative solution to prevent DDoS attacks perpetrated through IoT devices.

  • 2.
    De Donno, Michele
    et al.
    DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Dragoni, Nicola
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Spognardi, Angelo
    DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Analysis of DDoS-Capable IoT Malwares2017In: Proceedings of the 2017 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems / [ed] M. Ganzha, L. Maciaszek, M. Paprzycki, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, p. 807-816Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution promises to make our lives easier by providing cheap and always connected smart embedded devices, which can interact on the Internet and create added values for human needs. But all that glitters is not gold. Indeed, the other side of the coin is that, from a security perspective, this IoT revolution represents a potential disaster. This plethora of IoT devices that flooded the market were very badly protected, thus an easy prey for several families of malwares that can enslave and incorporate them in very large botnets. This, eventually, brought back to the top Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, making them more powerful and easier to achieve than ever. This paper aims at provide an up-to-date picture of DDoS attacks in the specific subject of the IoT, studying how these attacks work and considering the most common families in the IoT context, in terms of their nature and evolution through the years. It also explores the additional offensive capabilities that this arsenal of IoT malwares has available, to mine the security of Internet users and systems. We think that this up-to-date picture will be a valuable reference to the scientific community in order to take a first crucial step to tackle this urgent security issue.

  • 3.
    De Donno, Michele
    et al.
    DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Dragoni, Nicola
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Spognardi, Angelo
    Computer Science Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy.
    DDoS-Capable IoT Malwares: Comparative Analysis and Mirai Investigation2018In: Security and Communication Networks, ISSN 1939-0114, E-ISSN 1939-0122, article id 7178164Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has not only carried the astonishing promise to interconnect a whole generation of traditionally “dumb” devices, but also brought to the Internet the menace of billions of badly protected and easily hackable objects. Not surprisingly, this sudden flooding of fresh and insecure devices fueled older threats, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. In this paper, we first propose an updated and comprehensive taxonomy of DDoS attacks, together with a number of examples on how this classification maps to real-world attacks. Then, we outline the current situation of DDoS-enabled malwares in IoT networks, highlighting how recent data support our concerns about the growing in popularity of these malwares. Finally, we give a detailed analysis of the general framework and the operating principles of Mirai, the most disruptive DDoS-capable IoT malware seen so far.

  • 4.
    De Donno, Michele
    et al.
    DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Dragoni, Nicola
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Spognardi, Angelo
    DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark; Dipartimento Informatica, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy.
    A Taxonomy of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks2017In: i-Society 2017: Proceedings / [ed] Charles A. Shoniregun, Galyna A. Akmayeva, Infonomics Society, 2017, p. 99-106Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Dragoni, Nicola
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Mazzara, Manuel
    Innopolis University, Innopolis, Russian Federation.
    The Internet of Hackable Things2018In: Proceedings of 5th International Conference in Software Engineering for Defence Applications: SEDA 2016 / [ed] Ciancarini, P.; Litvinov, S.; Messina, A.; Sillitti, A.; Succi, G., Cham: Springer, 2018, p. 129-140Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Internet of Things makes possible to connect each everyday object to the Internet, making computing pervasive like never before. From a security and privacy perspective, this tsunami of connectivity represents a disaster, which makes each object remotely hackable. We claim that, in order to tackle this issue, we need to address a new challenge in security: education.

  • 6.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    et al.
    Department of Mathematics, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.
    Balasubramaniam, Sasitharan
    Department of Electronic and Communication EngineeringNano Communication Centre, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.
    Conti, Mauro
    Department of Mathematics, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.
    Security Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures for Target Localization in Bio-NanoThings Communication Networks2016In: IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, ISSN 1556-6013, E-ISSN 1556-6021, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 665-676Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The emergence of molecular communication has provided an avenue for developing biological nanonetworks. Synthetic biology is a platform that enables reprogramming cells, which we refer to as Bio-NanoThings, that can be assembled to create nanonetworks. In this paper, we focus on specific Bio-NanoThings, i.e, bacteria, where engineering their ability to emit or sense molecules can result in functionalities, such as cooperative target localization. Although this opens opportunities, e.g., for novel healthcare applications of the future, this can also lead to new problems, such as a new form of bioterrorism. In this paper, we investigate the disruptions that malicious Bio-NanoThings (M-BNTs) can create for molecular nanonetworks. In particular, we introduce two types of attacks: blackhole and sentry attacks. In blackhole attack M-BNTs emit attractant chemicals to draw-in the legitimate Bio-NanoThings (L-BNTs) from searching for their target, while in the sentry attack, the M-BNTs emit repellents to disperse the L-BNTs from reaching their target. We also present a countermeasure that L-BNTs can take to be resilient to the attacks, where we consider two forms of decision processes that includes Bayes' rule as well as a simple threshold approach. We run a thorough set of simulations to assess the effectiveness of the proposed attacks as well as the proposed countermeasure. Our results show that the attacks can significantly hinder the regular behavior of Bio-NanoThings, while the countermeasures are effective for protecting against such attacks.

  • 7.
    Giaretta, Alberto
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology.
    Dragoni, Nicola
    Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark.
    Mazzara, Manuel
    Innopolis University, Innopolis, Russian Federation.
    Joining Jolie to Docker: Orchestration of Microservices on a Containers-as-a-Service Layer2018In: Proceedings of 5th International Conference in Software Engineering for Defence Applications: SEDA 2016 / [ed] Ciancarini, P.; Litvinov, S.; Messina, A.; Sillitti, A.; Succi, G., Cham: Springer, 2018, p. 167-175Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cloud computing is steadily growing and, as IaaS vendors have started to offer pay-as-you-go billing policies, it is fundamental to achieve as much elasticity as possible, avoiding over-provisioning that would imply higher costs. In this paper, we briefly analyse the orchestration characteristics of PaaSSOA, a proposed architecture already implemented for Jolie microservices, and Kubernetes, one of the various orchestration plugins for Docker; then, we outline similarities and differences of the two approaches, with respect to their own domain of application. Furthermore, we investigate some ideas to achieve a federation of the two technologies, proposing an architectural composition of Jolie microservices on Docker Container-as-a-Service layer.

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