ISG Event

Feb 1st Talk CopperDroid: Automatic Android Malware Analysis and Classification

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The Information Security Group (ISG) Alumni, London Chapter is delighted to invite you to our first seminar in 2016. Dr. Lorenzo Cavallaro, will introduce us to CopperDroid. An automatic VMI-based dynamic analysis system that reconstruct the behaviors of Android malware, developed within the Systems Security Research Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London.

CopperDroid novelty lies in its agnostic approach to identify interesting OS- and high-level Android-specific behaviors. It reconstructs these behaviors by observing and dissecting system calls and, therefore, is resistant to the multitude of alterations the Android runtime is subjected to over its life-cycle. CopperDroid’s analysis generates detailed behavioral profiles that abstract a large stream of low-level—often uninteresting—events into concise, high-level semantics, which are well-suited to provide insightful behavioral traits and open the possibility to further research directions. To this end, Dr. Cavallaro will show current efforts to investigate the efficacy of behavioral profiles of different abstractions to differentiate between families of malware.

Dr. Lorenzo “Gigi Sullivan” Cavallaro was raised in a fantastic epoch where information and knowledge was meant for those who were just curious enough. He grew up on pizza, spaghetti, Phrack (do “smashing the stack for fun and profit” and “IP spoofing demystified” ring a bell to you?), and W. Richard Stevens’ TCP/IP illustrated masterpieces. Underground and academic research interests followed shortly thereafter and he has never stopped wondering and having fun ever since.
Dr. Lorenzo is currently a Senior Lecturer of Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior joining the ISG, he proudly spent time at Stony Brook University as a visiting PhD scholar from University of Milan, and UC Santa Barbara and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as a PostDoc Researcher. Dr. Lorenzo’s research focuses largely on systems security. To this end, he has founded and is leading the recently-established Systems Security Research Lab (S2Lab) within the ISG, which focuses on devising novel techniques to protect systems from a broad range of threats, including those perpetrated by malicious software. He is Principal Investigator and co-Investigator on a number of UK EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects, sits in technical program committee of top and well-established information security academic conferences and workshops, and has published in top and well-known venues.

The Program:

18.00 – 18.20: Guest arrival and welcome drinks

18.20 – 18.30: Expedia welcome note and short introduction to ISG Alumni, London Chapter

18.30 – 19.30: ‘CopperDroid’ by Dr. Lorenzo Cavallaro

19.30 – 19.45: Q&A

20.00 – 20.30: Networking and Drinks.

Monday, February 1, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT) Add to Calendar
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ISG Alumni Nov-10 talk “How Cryptographic Algorithms Die” now online

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The Information Security Group (ISG) Alumni, London Chapter are delighted to invite you to our 2015 Autumn Seminar hosted at Expedia Inc. Prof. Kenny Paterson, will be the Keynote speaker of this seminar. He will discuss the RC4 algorithm’s use in TLS and whether this means the cryptographic algorithm is dead, and what are the impact this will have on the industry?

Prof. Kenny Paterson is a former EPSRC Leadership Fellow, and professor of Information Security at the Royal Holloway Information Security Group. His research and publication on the security of TLS received significant media attention, that helped drive the adoption of TLS 1.2 with its support for modern encryption schemes, and was an important factor in the TLS Working Group’s decision to abandon legacy encryption mechanisms in TLS 1.3.

Prof. Paterson work received several prizes and awards, such as: Google Distinguished Paper Award for his joint work with Nadhem AlFardan presenting plaintext recovery attacks against DTLS published at NDSS 2012; Applied Networking Research Prize from the IRTF for his work with Nadhem AlFardan on the Lucky 13 attack; and Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies for his work with Mihir Bellare and Phil Rogaway on theSecurity of symmetric encryption against mass surveillance published at CRYPTO 2014.

UPDATE:  Thank you all for attending, the event recording can be found here: