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Third Parties Paid to Install Malware

August 20, 2011
Networking Group researchers have found that the majority of the most active malware distributors pay third parties to install their malicious software on at least some of the computers they infect. Networking researchers Chris Grier, Christian Kreibich, and Vern Paxson, in collaboration with Juan Cabellero of IMDEA Software Institute, won an Outstanding Paper Award at the USENIX Security Symposium 2011 for the work, which was featured in the MIT Technology Review.

Some Internet Service Providers Redirect Internet Searches

August 10, 2011
Some Internet service providers (ISPs) redirect Internet searches through third-party companies, according to Networking Group researchers. New Scientist, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's blog, Slashdot, and the Washington Post have featured the findings.

ICSI Networking Researchers Win FCC Open Internet Research Challenge

August 1, 2011
Networking researchers have won the FCC Open Internet Research Challenge with their Netalyzr system, which tests whether a user's Internet service provider (ISP) is interfering with network traffic. The challenge, issued by the Federal Communications Commission, called for research papers on work to keep the Internet transparent, open, and under consumer control. Watch senior researcher Nicholas Weaver's presentation and acceptance speech on behalf of the team here >>

Read the winning paper here >>

Try the Netalyzr system here >>

Malware Distributors Pay to Install Malware

July 18, 2011
Networking Group researchers have found that the majority of the most active malware distributors pay third parties to install their malicious software on at least some of the computers they infect. The study, featured in the MIT Technology Review, describes how researchers infiltrated four "pay-per-install" providers and downloaded over a million instances of malware. They found that twelve of the 20 families of malware distributors seen most frequently use "pay-per-install" providers to infect machines.

Netalyzer Recommended by the Internet Society

June 8, 2011
ICSI's Netalyzr system is one of four end-user tests recommended by the Internet Society to see what problems users may encounter with IPv6, the new Internet Protocol address standard that will eventually replace the protocol used by most Internet services today. Netalyzr also tests whether a user's Internet service provider is interfering with network traffic.

Read more about IPv6 here >>

Test your Internet connection with Netalyzr here >>

Speech Group Students Receive Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships

June 1, 2011
Two PhD students in the ICSI Speech Group have received a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship to pursue their work on a system that automatically summarizes large amounts of text. Mohit Bansal and Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick will receive $50,000 each in the coming year and will collaborate with Qualcomm research and development throughout the year.

Paper by ICSI Staff and Alumni Receives SIGCOMM Test of Time Award

May 31, 2011
The ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award has been given for a 2001 paper on scalable content-addressable networks written by Networking Group researchers. The award recognizes papers that continue to be useful contributions to the field a decade after publication.

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