Detecting Covert Links in Instant Messaging Networks using Flow Level Log Data

Principal Investigator’s Organization (PIO):

School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, NUST, Islamabad

Principal Investigator (PI):

Dr. Usman Ilyas


The project developed a capability to identify the remote party to an Instant messaging (IM) chat session such as AIM, MSN messenger, Yahoo! messenger, Skype, IRC, and ICQ – which were convenient and popular tools to communicate with other people over the Internet. Through this project, the detection of IM communication channels using flow logs of traffic between IM users and IM service providers were developed.

Start Date 01-Apr-2013

Duration 24 months

Budget PKR 9.86 million

Status  Closed Project

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Thematic Area  Telecommunication

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