CIS 4688, Fall 2020: Individual Assignment

Going Deep in Network Attacks (50 points)

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You need to focus on a specific type of cyber-attack. Your will have to write a report (6-8 pages long) with diagrams, figures and tables on your choice of cyber-attack. The report should describe vulnerabilities and the type of attack, what is involved, process of attack, and what can be done to stop the attack, and possible losses. You can use reference books, the Internet, professional and scientific literature, but need to cite all the sources used.

Some possible attacks are (You need to choose one and let me know. I will assign it on the first come first serve basis):

Browser Attacks(My topic)
Denial-of-service (DoS)
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
Session Hijacking
Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack
Buffer Overflow attack
Phishing attack
Spear phishing attack
Drive-by attack
Password attack
Brute force attack
SQL injection attack
Zero-day exploit
Cross-site scripting (XSS) attack • Eavesdropping attack
Birthday attack
Malware attack

• PKI attack
• Application layer attack
• Ransomware attack
• AI-based attacks
• Trojan Horses
• DNS spoofing attack
• Insider attacks
• Other attacks (you can suggest)

Topic selection + Yes/No on presentation: by Nov. 17, 2020 (E-mail to

Report due: Dec. 8, 2020 (submit to iCollege)

Extra credit: Make a presentation to the whole class on Dec. 8, 2020 (up to 25 extra credit points). You need to inform me at the time of topic selection, if you are going to make a presentation of about 5 minutes (You should be ready to be questioned by your professor)!

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