Homework #16 - Surveillance - Due Wednesday Oct 26, 11PM


Turn in this assignment via email (vern@berkeley.edu) by the due date, with the term Homework in the Subject.

Read the paper Targeted Threat Index: Characterizing and Quantifying Politically-Motivated Targeted Malware, Seth Hardy et al., USENIX Security 2014.

Briefly write up your views of:

  1. What are the main contributions of this paper?

  2. What parts of the paper do you find unclear? (optional)

  3. What parts of the paper are questionable? (That is, you think a conclusion may be wrong, an approach or evaluation technically flawed, or data ill-presented.)
    No need to discuss here questionable facets of the paper that you will cover in the next part of the assignment.

  4. Reflecting on how the paper characterizes social engineering and technical complexity, can you identify instances where the "Targeted Threat Index" described in the paper might not be a good measure for "identifying malware threats with the highest potential to successfully compromise victims"?