CS Seminar – Zubair Rafique (KU Leuven)

Comprehensive Analysis of Free Live Streaming Services + Network Dialog Minimization and Network Dialog Diffing

Recent years have seen extensive growth of services enabling free broadcasts of live streams on the Web. Free live streaming (FLIS) services attract millions of viewers and make heavy use of deceptive advertisements. Despite the immense popularity of these services, little is known about the parties that facilitate it and maintain webpages to index links for free viewership.

In this talk, I will present a comprehensive analysis of the FLIS ecosystem by mapping all parties involved in the anonymous broadcast of live streams, discovering their modus-operandi, and quantifying the consequences for common Internet users who utilize these services. I will present our analysis which reveals that the users of FLIS websites are generally exposed to deceptive advertisements, malware, malicious browser extensions, and fraudulent scams. Moreover, I will present our findings that FLIS parties are often reported for copyright violations and host their infrastructure predominantly in Europe and Belize. In addition to FLIS services analysis, I will present two fundamental primitives for network security: network dialog minimization and network dialog diffing. I will discuss several applications of these two techniques.

June 24 (Wednesday), 14:30

This is an internal seminar for members of the Department of Computer Science only. Ask at poliakar@fel.cvutc.z for the Zoom link.

M. Zubair Rafique

M. Zubair Rafique received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from KU Leuven (Belgium), after being granted with a scholarship from the KU Leuven to conduct the Ph.D. studies. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked as a research intern in IMDEA Software (Spain) under the supervision of Juan Caballero. He holds a BS in electrical engineering with faculty honors from CASE (Pakistan). For his collaborative work on the analysis of drive-by download operations, he has received the most influential DIMVA paper award. His research focuses on cybercrime metering, behavioral malware analysis, applied AI in security, digital piracy, and VoIP security. See his Google Scholar profile.