Profiling cyber attacks using Case-based Reasoning

Stylianos Kapetanakis, Avgoustinos Filippoupolitis, George Loukas, Tariq Saad Al Murayziq

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Computer security would arguably benefit from more information on the characteristics of the particular human attacker behind a security incident. Nevertheless, technical security mechanisms have always focused on the at-tack's characteristics rather than the attacker's. The latter is a challenging prob-lem, as relevant data cannot easily be found. We argue that the cyber traces left by a human attacker during an intrusion attempt can help towards building a profile of the particular person. To illustrate this concept, we have developed an approach using case-based reasoning that indirectly measures an attacker’s characteristics for given attack scenarios. Our results reveal that case-based rea-soning has the potential of being used to assist security and forensic investiga-tors in profiling human attackers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th UK Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning
Place of PublicationCambridge
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event19th UK Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning - Cambridge, UK, 9 Dec 2014
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


Workshop19th UK Workshop on Case-Based Reasoning
Period1/01/14 → …


  • Case-based reasoning
  • Cyber Security
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Artificial Intelligence


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