Cloud computing based detection of malicious URL attacks on Android Smart phones

Husam A Adas, Tennessee State University


The growing popularity and adoption of Smartphone has made them a target of malicious activities. Malicious activities targeting Smartphones are continuously increasing and are projected to continue to increase as they become more lucrative for cyber criminals worldwide. Common malicious activities involve malicious URLs attacks encountered when browsing the internet through a smart phone. A malicious URL attack can be a drive-by download attack where users unwittingly download an executable malware payload, or it can be a phishing attack where attackers pose as legitimate websites to steal user information. Most solutions for Smartphone security require the presence of anti-virus software or intrusion detection system on the phones. These solutions are constrained by the limited memory, storage, computational resources, and battery power of Smartphone. This type of detection is often hash based and can only detect know malicious URLs but not zero day malicious URL attacks. A real time detection system is needed in order to detect new and unknown malicious URLs using cloud computing to bypass the phones limited computing and battery resources.

Subject Area

Computer Engineering|Computer science

Recommended Citation

Husam A Adas, "Cloud computing based detection of malicious URL attacks on Android Smart phones" (2013). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1553087.