Funded Projects

Detecting Covert Links in Instant Messaging Networks using Flow Level Log Data

Principal Investigator’s Organization (PIO):
School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, NUST, Islamabad
Principal Investigator (PI):
Dr. Usman Ilyas
Project Details:
Start Date 01-Apr-2013
Duration 24 months
Budget PKR 9.86 million
Status Closed Project
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Thematic Area Telecommunication
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Executive Summary

The project developed a capability to identify the remote party to an Instant messaging (IM) chat session such as AIM, MSN messenger, Yahoo! messenger, Skype, IRC, and ICQ – which were convenient and popular tools to communicate with other people over the Internet. Through this project, the detection of IM communication channels using flow logs of traffic between IM users and IM service providers were developed.