"In recent times, with the increasing growth in popularity of online social networks (OSNs) and Internet discussion forums, cyber criminals have found new ways to communicate and collaborate with each other in order to carry out cyber-attacks. Adversaries actively use Internet forums to form underground hacking communities where they exchange information on creating malicious programs and engage in the trade of malicious goods and services. Identifying the influential members of these underground communities who are behind the creation and distribution of tools used in cyber-attacks would greatly help law enforcement agencies in controlling cyber crime. Manually analyzing real world data on hacking groups is tedious and requires enormous time and effort. For this seed project, we focus on SocialSEAL, a tool which makes use of social network analysis techniques to reduce the manual effort required in identifying influential adversaries and visualizing the underlying social structure of underground hacking communities, that will eventually help identify links between attack attributions and influential adversaries in the next phase of this project."
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