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  • 1.
    Bahri, Leila
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Girdzijauskas, Sarunas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Trust Mends Blockchains: Living up to Expectations2019In: IEEE 39th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), Dallas, July 7-10 2019, 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    At the heart of Blockchains is the trustless leader election mechanism for achieving consensus among pseudoanonymous peers, without the need of oversight from any third party or authority whatsoever. So far, two main mechanisms are being discussed: proof-of-work (PoW) and proof-of-stake (PoS). PoW relies on demonstration of computational power, and comes with the markup of huge energy wastage in return of the stake in cyrpto-currency. PoS tries to address this by relying on owned stake (i.e., amount of crypto-currency) in the system. In both cases, Blockchains are limited to systems with financial basis. This forces non-crypto-currency Blockchain applications to resort to “permissioned” setting only, effectively centralizing the system. However, non-crypto-currency permisionless blockhains could enable secure and self-governed peer-to-peer structures for numerous emerging application domains, such as education and health, where some trust exists among peers. This creates a new possibility for valuing trust among peers and capitalizing it as the basis (stake) for reaching consensus. In this paper we show that there is a viable way for permisionless non-financial Blockhains to operate in completely decentralized environments and achieve leader election through proof-of-trust (PoT). In our PoT construction, peer trust is extracted from a trust network that emerges in a decentralized manner and is used as a waiver for the effort to be spent for PoW, thus dramatically reducing total energy expenditure of the system. Furthermore, our PoT construction is resilient to the risk of small cartels monopolizing the network (as it happens with the mining-pool phenomena in PoW) and is not vulnerable to sybils. We evluate security guarantees, and perform experimental evaluation of our construction, demonstrating up to 10-fold energy savings compared to PoW without trading off any of the decentralization characteristics, with further guarantees against risks of monopolization.

  • 2.
    Kefato, Zekarias
    et al.
    Trento Univesrity.
    Sheikh, Nasrullah
    Trento University.
    Bahri, Leila
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Soliman, Amira
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Girdzijauskas, Sarunas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Montresor, Alberto
    Trento University.
    CAS2VEC: Network-Agnostic Cascade Prediction in Online Social Networks2018In: The 5th International Symposium on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security (SNAMS-2018), IEEE, 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Kefato, Zekarias
    et al.
    Trento University.
    Sheikh, Nasrullah
    Trento University.
    Bahri, Leila
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Soliman, Amira
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Girdzijauskas, Sarunas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Montresor, Alberto
    Trento University.
    CaTS: Network-Agnostic Virality Prediction Model to Aid Rumour Detection2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Kefato, Zekarias T.
    et al.
    Univ Trento, Trento, Italy..
    Sheikh, Nasrullah
    Univ Trento, Trento, Italy..
    Bahri, Leila
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Soliman, Amira
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Montresor, Alberto
    Univ Trento, Trento, Italy..
    Girdzijauskas, Sarunas
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    CAS2VEC: Network-Agnostic Cascade Prediction in Online Social Networks2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Effectively predicting whether a given post or tweet is going to become viral in online social networks is of paramount importance for several applications, such as trend and break-out forecasting. While several attempts towards this end exist, most of the current approaches rely on features extracted from the underlying network structure over which the content spreads. Recent studies have shown, however, that prediction can be effectively performed with very little structural information about the network, or even with no structural information at all. In this study we propose a novel network-agnostic approach called CAS2VEC, that models information cascades as time series and discretizes them using time slices. For the actual prediction task we have adopted a technique from the natural language processing community. The particular choice of the technique is mainly inspired by an empirical observation on the strong similarity between the distribution of discretized values occurrence in cascades and words occurrence in natural language documents. Thus, thanks to such a technique for sentence classification using convolutional neural networks, CAS2VEC can predict whether a cascade is going to become viral or not. We have performed extensive experiments on two widely used real-world datasets for cascade prediction, that demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm against strong baselines.

  • 5. Tran, N. H.
    et al.
    Phung, C. V.
    Nguyen, B. Q.
    Bahri, Leila
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    An effective privacy-preserving data coding in peer-to-peer network2018In: International Journal of Computer Networks & Communications, ISSN 0975-2293, E-ISSN 0974-9322, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 55-74Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Coding Opportunistically (COPE) is a simple but very effective data coding mechanism in the wireless network. However, COPE leaves risks for attackers easily getting the private information saved in the packets, when they move through the network to their destination nodes. Hence, a lightweight cryptographic approach, namely SCOPE, was proposed to consolidate COPE against the honest-but-curious and malicious attacks. Honest-but-curious attack serves adversaries who accurately obey the protocol but try to learn as much private information as possible for their curiosity. Additionally, this kind of attack is not destructive consequently. However, it may leave the backdoor for the more dangerous attacks carrying catastrophes to the system. Malicious attack tries to learn not only the private information but also modifies the packet on harmful purposes. To cope with this issue, in this work, a lightweight cryptographic approach improves COPE, namely SCOPE, that is defensive to the both attacks. The private information in the COPE packet are encrypted by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), and an additional information is inserted into SCOPE packets served for the authentication process using the lightweight hash Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). We then prove our new protocol is still guaranteed to be a secure method of data coding, and to be light to effectively operate in the peer-to-peer wireless network.

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