CS Guest Seminar: Sencun Zhu

Date: August 1, 2017


Guest Speaker: Dr. Sencun Zhu
Title: Android Malware Development on Public Malware Scanning Platforms: A Large-scale Data-driven Study

Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Location: NPB 3.108-A Conference Room


Android malware scanning services (e.g., VirusTotal) are websites to which users submit suspicious Android programs and then get an array of malware detection results. With the growing popularity of such websites, these services are not only used by innocent users, but also, malware writers for testing the evasion capability of their malware samples. May this hypothesis be true, it not only provides interesting insights on Android malware development (AMD), but also provides opportunities for important security applications such as zero-day sample detection. In this work, we first validate this hypothesis with massive data; then design a system called AMDHunter to hunt for AMD cases on VirusTotal that reveals new threats for Android. Our study is driven by the large amount of data on VirusTotal. We analyzed 153 million submissions collected on VirusTotal during 102 days. In this talk, we will report our techniques, general findings as well as case studies with the identified AMDs.

Dr. Sencun Zhu is an associate professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering and College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). He received the B.S. degree in precision instruments from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, the M.S. degree in signal processing from the University of Science and Technology of China, Graduate School at Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree in information technology from George Mason University, VA, USA, in 1996, 1999, and 2004, respectively. His research interests include wireless and mobile security, software and network security, fraud detection, and user online safety and privacy. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and Army Research Office/Lab. He received NSF Career Award in 2007 and a Google Faculty Research Award in 2013. More details of his research can be found in http://www.cse.psu.edu/~sxz16/.