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ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations


This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

In addition to the electronic theses found in the ASU Digital Repository, ASU Theses and Dissertations can be found in the ASU Library Catalog.

Dissertations and Theses granted by Arizona State University are archived and made available through a joint effort of the ASU Graduate College and the ASU Libraries. For more information or questions about this collection contact or visit the Digital Repository ETD Library Guide or contact the ASU Graduate College at gradformat@asu.edu.


Malicious hackers utilize the World Wide Web to share knowledge. Previous work has demonstrated that information mined from online hacking communities can be used as precursors to cyber-attacks. In a threatening scenario, where security alert systems are facing high false positive rates, understanding the people behind cyber incidents can help reduce the risk of attacks. However, the rapidly evolving nature of those communities leads to limitations still largely unexplored, such as: who are the skilled and influential individuals forming those groups, how they self-organize along the lines of technical expertise, how ideas propagate within them, and which internal patterns can …

Contributors
Santana Marin, Ericsson, Shakarian, Paulo, Doupé, Adam, et al.
Created Date
2020

The lack of fungibility in Bitcoin has forced its userbase to seek out tools that can heighten their anonymity. Third-party Bitcoin mixers utilize obfuscation techniques to protect participants from blockchain analysis. In recent years, various centralized and decentralized Bitcoin mixing implementations have been proposed in academic literature. Although these methods depict a threat-free environment for users to preserve their anonymity, public Bitcoin mixers continue to be associated with theft and poor implementation. This research explores the public Bitcoin mixer ecosystem to identify if today's mixing services have adopted academically proposed solutions. This is done through real-world interactions with publicly available …

Contributors
Pakki, Jaswant, Doupe, Adam, Shoshitaishvili, Yan, et al.
Created Date
2020

Many existing applications of machine learning (ML) to cybersecurity are focused on detecting malicious activity already present in an enterprise. However, recent high-profile cyberattacks proved that certain threats could have been avoided. The speed of contemporary attacks along with the high costs of remediation incentivizes avoidance over response. Yet, avoidance implies the ability to predict - a notoriously difficult task due to high rates of false positives, difficulty in finding data that is indicative of future events, and the unexplainable results from machine learning algorithms. In this dissertation, these challenges are addressed by presenting three artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to …

Contributors
Almukaynizi, Mohammed, Shakarian, Paulo, Huang, Dijiang, et al.
Created Date
2019

With the rise of the Internet of Things, embedded systems have become an integral part of life and can be found almost anywhere. Their prevalence and increased interconnectivity has made them a prime target for malicious attacks. Today, the vast majority of embedded devices are powered by ARM processors. To protect their processors from attacks, ARM introduced a hardware security extension known as TrustZone. It provides an isolated execution environment within the embedded device in which to deploy various memory integrity and malware detection tools. Even though Secure World can monitor the Normal World, attackers can attempt to bypass the …

Contributors
Gutierrez, Mauricio, Zhao, Ziming, Doupe, Adam, et al.
Created Date
2018

Cloud computing is known as a new and powerful computing paradigm. This new generation of network computing model delivers both software and hardware as on-demand resources and various services over the Internet. However, the security concerns prevent users from adopting the cloud-based solutions to fulfill the IT requirement for many business critical computing. Due to the resource-sharing and multi-tenant nature of cloud-based solutions, cloud security is especially the most concern in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It has been attracting a lot of research and development effort in the past few years. Virtualization is the main technology of cloud …

Contributors
Chung, Chun-Jen, Huang, Dijiang, Ahn, Gail-Joon, et al.
Created Date
2015