Special Issue "Security and Privacy in Social Networks and Solutions"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis
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Guest Editor
Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
Interests: security and privacy by design; social informatics; cloud computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advances in social networks have brought fundamental changes to users’ social life both online and offline, providing a technological field not only for their social interaction and communication but also for their resources and socio-economical practices, producing big data as well. However, besides these outstanding opportunities; the online content distribution within social networks; and their dynamic, complex, and heterogenous nature, several security and privacy issues have emerged. These issues are both associated with users’ social and technological boundaries and with providers’ current services and solutions, including the access, collection, storage, editing, and disclosure of personal information, often by third parties; data loss and data breaches; the loss of direct control from local to remote cloud servers; multiple legal jurisdictions; virtualization that brings new challenges to user authentication and authorization; non-technical issues related to the technical solutions; the sharing of platforms between users; and non-compliance with enterprise policies and legislation. Thus, security and privacy prerequisites, in order to address these issues and protect users’ privacy efficiently, are still not fully defined, and therefore a number of new services and security and privacy solutions are required.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Security and privacy risks in social networking;
  • Security and privacy engineering methods and tools for social networks;
  • Adaptive privacy in social networking;
  • Digital forensics for social networks;
  • Reliability, security, availability, and safety in social networking;
  • Mobile social networks security and privacy;
  • Methods and tools for social network penetration and protection;
  • Social network mining and data storage;
  • Trust and reputations in social networking;
  • Detection, analysis, prevention of spam, phishing, and misbehaviour in social networking.

Prof. Dr. Christos Kalloniatis
Guest Editor

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  • Social networking
  • Security and privacy risks
  • Privacy concerns
  • Security and privacy engineering methods and tools
  • Social network protection
  • Social informatics

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Mitigating Webshell Attacks through Machine Learning Techniques
Future Internet 2020, 12(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12010012 - 14 Jan 2020
A webshell is a command execution environment in the form of web pages. It is often used by attackers as a backdoor tool for web server operations. Accurately detecting webshells is of great significance to web server protection. Most security products detect webshells [...] Read more.
A webshell is a command execution environment in the form of web pages. It is often used by attackers as a backdoor tool for web server operations. Accurately detecting webshells is of great significance to web server protection. Most security products detect webshells based on feature-matching methods—matching input scripts against pre-built malicious code collections. The feature-matching method has a low detection rate for obfuscated webshells. However, with the help of machine learning algorithms, webshells can be detected more efficiently and accurately. In this paper, we propose a new PHP webshell detection model, the NB-Opcode (naïve Bayes and opcode sequence) model, which is a combination of naïve Bayes classifiers and opcode sequences. Through experiments and analysis on a large number of samples, the experimental results show that the proposed method could effectively detect a range of webshells. Compared with the traditional webshell detection methods, this method improves the efficiency and accuracy of webshell detection. Full article
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