Detecting Mobile Application Spoofing Attacks by Leveraging User Visual Similarity Perception

Luka Malisa, Kari Kostiainen, Srdjan Capkun
2017 Proceedings of the Seventh ACM on Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy - CODASPY '17  
Mobile application spoofing is an attack where a malicious mobile application mimics the visual appearance of another one. If such an attack is successful, the integrity of what the user sees as well as the confidentiality of what she inputs into the system can be violated by the adversary. A common example of mobile application spoofing is a phishing attack where the adversary tricks the user into revealing her password to a malicious application that resembles the legitimate one. In this
more » ... we propose a novel approach for addressing mobile application spoofing attacks by leveraging the visual similarity of application screens. We use deception rate as a novel metric for measuring how many users would confuse a spoofing application for the genuine one. We conducted a large-scale online study where participants evaluated spoofing samples of popular mobile applications. We used the study results to design and implement a prototype spoofing detection system, tailored to the estimation of deception rate for mobile application login screens.
doi:10.1145/3029806.3029819 dblp:conf/codaspy/MalisaKC17 fatcat:lradysiosjcltaqdl77fzry7ce