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Retargeting Attacks from Windows to Android With Limited Data Extraction

  • Author(s): Ng, Cary G.
  • Advisor(s): Potkonjak, Miodrag
  • et al.
Abstract

Targeted attacks against networks of Windows machines have become a serious problem in many countries, as they are now being conducted by professionals for purposes of data theft, sabotage and espionage. All of the known attacks that have been thoroughly studied so far mainly involve the Windows operating system, for the reason that most systems used to control infrastructure are on Windows. However, it is very likely that targeted attacks will evolve towards Android devices, as we notice more people using smartphones to facilitate their daily activities especially in corporate environments. This paper will illustrate in detail how a targeted attack would occur on an Android environment. It will also provide detailed analysis on a scientific approach used for limited data extraction given the resource constraints on an Android environment.

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