CNN for user activity detection using encrypted in-app mobile data
journal contributionposted on 22.02.2022, 11:25 authored by Omattage Madushi H. Pathmaperuma, Yogachandran RahulamathavanYogachandran Rahulamathavan, Safak DoganSafak Dogan, Ahmet Kondoz
In this study, a simple yet effective framework is proposed to characterize fine grained in-app user activities performed on mobile applications using Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). The proposed framework uses a time window-based approach to split the activity’s encrypted traffic flow into segments, so that in-app activities can be identified just by observing only a part of the activity related encrypted traffic. In this study matrices are constructed for each encrypted traffic flow segment. These matrices act as input to the CNN model, allowing it to learn to differentiate previously trained (known) and previously untrained (unknown) in-app activities, as well as the known in-app activity type. The proposed method extracts and selects salient features for encrypted traffic classification. This is the first known approach proposing to filter unknown traffic with an average accuracy of 88%. Once the unknown traffic is filtered, the classification accuracy of our model would be 92%.
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