Disrupting Adversary Decision Logic: An Experience Report

Abstract:

Sophisticated attacks usually involve decision logic that observes the victim’s responses before deciding the next action. Such logic presents an opportunity for the defence, as it provides a controllable feedback channel. Manoeuvres that manipulate responses can confuse the adversary’s decision process, causing them to undertake ineffective actions. By deliberately introducing false information through deceptive manoeuvres, would-be victims can steer  adversaries  away  from  their  main  objectives.  In  this  article,  the  authors  first introduce and analyse a specific deceptive manoeuvre to determine when, where, and how it may be appropriate and effective; and then explore this form of defensive deception from a broader information-warfare perspective.


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Photo of Dr. Partha Pal

Raytheon BBN Technologies Cambridge, Massachusetts,
United States

Dr. Partha Pal is a Principal Scientist at BBN. He leads the distributed systems team and the survivability and resiliency research thrust in BBN’s Intelligent Software and Systems business unit. Dr. Pal earned his PhD in computer science from Rutgers University.

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Amazon

(Formerly)BBN
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nathaniel Lageman worked in the area of Distributed Denial of Service defense in the distributed systems groups at BBN and now works at Amazon.

Photo of Nathaniel  Soule

Raytheon BBN Technologies Cambridge, Massachusetts,
United States

Mr.  Nathaniel Soule is a scientist in the distributed systems group at BBN. He works in the areas of adaptive systems, deception and advanced cyber-defense techniques, and dynamic information management. Mr. Soule received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tufts University, and a master’s in computer science from Boston University.

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