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First USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET
April 15, 2008
San Francisco, CA, USA
Sponsored by USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association
Submissions Deadline: February 11, 2008, 11:59 p.m. EST
The Call for Papers for the First USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale
Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET '08) is now available.
As the Internet has become a universal mechanism for commerce and
communication, it has also become an attractive medium for online
criminal enterprise. Today, widespread vulnerabilities in both software
and user behavior allow miscreants to compromise millions of hosts,
conceal their activities with sophisticated system software, and manage
these resources via a distributed command and control framework. This
platform in turn provides economics of scale for a wide range of
criminal activities including spam, phishing, DDoS, click fraud, and so on.
LEET has evolved from the combination of two other successful workshops,
the ACM Workshop on Recurring Malcode (WORM) and the USENIX Workshop on
Hot Topics in Understanding Botnets (HotBots), which have each dealt
with aspects of this problem. However, while papers relating to both
worms and botnets are explicitly solicited, LEET has a broader charter
than its predecessors. We encourage submissions of papers that focus on
any aspect of the underlying mechanisms used to compromise and control
hosts, the large-scale "applications" being perpetrated upon this
framework, or the social and economic networks driving these threats.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Infection vectors for malware (worms, viruses, etc.)
- Botnets, command, and control channels
- Operational experience
- Click fraud
- Measurement studies
- New threats and related challenges
- Boutique and targeted malware
- Underground markets
- Carding and identity theft
- Miscreant counterintelligence
- Denial-of-service attacks
- Hardware vulnerabilities
- Legal issues
- The arms race (rootkits, anti-anti-virus, etc.)
- New platforms (cellular networks, wireless networks, mobile devices)
- Camouflage and detection
- Reverse engineering
- Vulnerability markets and zero-day economics
- Online money laundering
- Understanding the enemy
- Data collection challenges
LEET '08 will be a one-day event, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, co-located
with the 5th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and
Implementation (NSDI ’08), which will take place April 16-18, 2008.
The submissions deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, February 11, 2008.
Submissions guidelines can be found at
We look forward to your submissions.
Fabian Monrose, Johns Hopkins University
LEET '08 Program Chair