MobSec Malware and Security in the Mobile Age

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01/01/2014 to 31/12/2019

The goal of MobSec is to improve the security of mobile devices by reducing the risk from installing and using third party applications. 
 Our research objectives build on each other to achieve this goal: First, we will develop dynamic analyses to automatically, faithfully and comprehensively construct models of application behavior. We will address the problem of incompleteness in dynamic analysis by replaying human interaction traces and complementing them with systematic exploration using symbolic execution. Once we are able to build models containing the interesting behavioral traits of mobile malware, we focus on detecting and containing malicious behavior. We initially target information leakage by investigating evasion-resistant information leakage detection techniques and later generalize to distinguish malicious from benign apps. To handle cases in which detection is not possible, we contain potential threats by decomposing apps in logical components: this enables the enforcement of security policies and characterization of per-component behaviors, which, being more specific, allow us to detect behavior of malicious components embedded in seemingly legitimate apps. Finally, MobSec aims at exploring virtualization extensions of CPUs to open up the possibility of in-device implementation of the aforementioned analyses.

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018


Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility!

European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is the EU's annual awareness campaign that takes place each October across Europe. The aim is o raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and organization; and provide resources to protect themselves online, through education and sharing of good practices.

Future Events

On 25 September 2019 (09:30-10:30) in Room Walton, a strategic planning co-design session (CD) titled "Security research: Ensuring security and privacy in a digitising world [CD]" will be held on the European Research and Innovation Days, the first annual policy event of the European Commission, bringing together stakeholders to debate and shape the future research and innovation landscape, will happened on 24-26 September 2019 in Brussels (BE).

24/09/2019 to 26/09/2019

MyData 2019 will be organised on 25-27 September 2019 in Wanha Satama in central Helsinki, as an associated event of Finland’s EU Presidency. The conference provides 2+1 days of interactive sessions, networking opportunities and inspirations that shall contribute to rebuilding trust and creating a more transparent and prosperous digital society.

25/09/2019 to 27/09/2019