Universita' degli Studi di Napoli ''Federico II'' (Italy)
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e delle Tecnologie dell'Informazione (DIETI)

Network Monitoring and Measurements  

Network security

We study network traffic for detecting anomalies and for better characterizing and understanding its behavior in presence of network worms, denial-of-service attacks, worldwide scanning activities orchestrated by botnets, and network outages and censorship policies:

  • in collaboration with CAIDA, we studied Internet outages and censorship activity during the Internet connectivity disruptions ordered by the regimes in Egypt and Libya in 2011.
  • we devised strategies and techniques for the detection of malware activity in the network and for better characterizing and understanding its behavior.
  • we developed a framework to conduct experimental analysis of routing attacks (RIP route flapping and forcing, OSPF denial-of-service, ...).


A. Dainotti, R. Amman, E. Aben, K. C. Claffy, "Extracting Benefit from Harm: Using Malware Pollution to Analyze the Impact of Political and Geophysical Events on the Internet", ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, accepted for publication

Squarcella, E. Aben, K. C. Claffy, M. Chiesa, M. Russo, A. Pescapè, "Analysis of Country-wide Internet Outages Caused by Censorship" ACM SIGCOMM/SIGMETRICS Internet Measurement Conference IMC 2011 - November 2011, Berlin (Germany).

A. Dainotti, A. Pescapè, G. Ventre, "A cascade architecture for DoS attacks detection based on the wavelet transform", Journal of Computer Security, Volume 17, Number 6/2009, Pages 945-968

A. Dainotti, A. Pescapè, G. Ventre, "Worm Traffic Analysis and Characterization", 2007 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2007)

A. Dainotti, A. Pescapè, G. Ventre, "Wavelet-based Detection of DoS Attacks", 2006 IEEE Globecom Conference, Network Security Systems Symposium

Mario Hoffmann, Christos Xenakis, Stauraleni Kontopoulo, Markus Eisenhauer, Seppo Heikkinen, Antonio Pescapè, Hu Wang, "Security and Trust" Chapter in "Technologies for the Wireless Future: Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF), Volume 2", Rahim Tafazolli (Editor) ISBN: 0-470-02905-6, 520 pages, April 2006.

A. Pescapè, G. Ventre, "Experimental analysis of attacks against intradomain routing protocols", Journal of Computer Security - Volume 13, Number 6 / 2005, Pages:877 - 903

A. Pescapè, G. Ventre, "Experimental Analysis of Attacks Against Routing Network Infrastructures", WIA 2004, IEEE Workshop on Information Assurance, pp. 609-616 -ISBN 0-7803-8396-6 - April 2004, Phoenix (USA)

If you are interested in collaborating with us or in opportunities in Traffic, please send an e-mail to Antonio Pescapè