Discovering Communities of Malapps on Android-based Mobile Cyber-physical Systems

04/05/2018 ∙ by Dan Su, et al. ∙ 0

Android-based devices like smartphones have become ideal mobile cyber-physical systems (MCPS) due to their powerful processors and variety of sensors. In recent years, an explosively and continuously growing number of malicious applications (malapps) have posed a great threat to Android-based MCPS as well as users' privacy. The effective detection of malapps is an emerging yet crucial task. How to establish relationships among malapps, discover their potential communities, and explore their evolution process has become a challenging issue in effective detection of malapps. To deal with this issue, in this work, we are motivated to propose an automated community detection method for Android malapps by building a relation graph based on their static features. First, we construct a large feature set to profile the behaviors of malapps. Second, we propose an E-N algorithm by combining epsilon graph and k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) graph for graph construction. It solves the problem of an incomplete graph led by epsilon method and the problem of noise generated by k-NN graph. Finally, a community detection method, Infomap, is employed to explore the underlying structures of the relation graph, and obtain the communities of malapps. We evaluate our community detection method with 3996 malapp samples. Extensive experimental results show that our method outperforms the traditional clustering methods and achieves the best performance with rand statistic of 94.93

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