Li awarded $500,000 to examine attacks on social networks

Jun Li, an associate professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science and director of the UO Center for Cyber Security and Privacy, was awarded a $507,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research examining online social network (OSN) fraud and attacks. The collaborative project includes researchers at the University of Arkansas and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and totals $1.2 million in funding.
 
The project focuses on an area of research, dubbed, oSAFARI (Online SociAl network Fraud and Attack Research and Identification). Researchers are seeking to better understand and prevent attacks and frauds by simulating more dynamic attacks. Existing defense mechanisms often target a specific type of OSN fraud or attack and often fall short of detecting more complex intrusions such as collusive attacks that involve many fraudulent OSN accounts. To increase public security awareness, the team also plans to develop tutorial courses on typical OSN attacks and their defense and offer them at popular public events and in freshman classes. The research team will broadly disseminate their results, tools, software, and documents to the research community, IT industries and to OSN companies.
 
Visit the NSF website for the project, “TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Online Social Network Fraud and Attack Research and Identification,” for more information.

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