Virtual Forensics Lab

Background

Social network sites are becoming increasingly popular, and have attracted millions of users, many of whom have integrated these sites into their daily practice. Some sites cater to diverse audiences, while others attract people based on common language or shared racial, sexual, religious, or nationality-based identities. These sites also vary by how they portray themselves by posting new information and using communication tools, such as mobile connectivity, blogging, and photo/video-sharing, live text chat, comparing people, etc.

There are many security issues with the social network sites. Users have the right to post information as they like, but is the information they are putting up secure? How easy is it for others to access and change the information on their sites?

There are other security issues that may not be of interest in this project. There is the inappropriate and often illegal use of these sites for interacting with and in some cases preying on the vulnerable users of the sites. There is also the distribution of malicious software through social networks. One example logs out users who view a compromised page for several seconds, and another sends unauthorized friend requests from the target users. For more information, see Technology Review article.

Project

To be described.
See Last semester's technical paper.