Smart Protection in Infrastructures and Networks (SPIN)

Our mission at SPIN is to enable secure, trustworthy and privacy aware interactions among connected actors and services. SPIN researchers are working on self-organised collaborative detection and response mechanisms that are trust and privacy aware as well as resilient to attacks and faults. Our smart solutions range from sophisticated and user-friendly trust management solutions to collaborative network intrusion detection systems, privacy-preserving IoT middleware, and resilient cyber physical systems.


TaaS4Cloud, a web service, which is developed for potential cloud users to assess the level of cloud providers’ security capabilities.
Twitterize is a user-friendly solution to public as well as confidential and anonymous group communication for Twitter.
TraCINg stands for “TUD Cyber Incident moNitor” and as the name implies it is a centralized cyber incident monitor based (mostly) on honeypots.
HosTaGe: Honeypot-To-Go
HosTaGe is a lightweight, low-interaction honeypot for Android operating system devices that aim on the detection of malicious, wireless network environments.
BSF (Botnet Simulation Framework)
Our BSF models P2P botnets, including several wide-spread Botnets in greatdetail, in the popular OMNeT++ framework.
The ID2T (Intrusion Detection Dataset Toolkit) aims on the creation of labeled datasets that contain user defined synthetic attacks.
CertainTrust SDK
Our CertainTrust SDK allows to compute the expectation or probability on the foundation of Bayesian logic. The SDK is available on our website for everyone to use.

Research Topics


Current Projects

Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users
The project follows the goal of empowering users, protecting privacy, and improving trust among the stakeholders in our connected society.
Cryptography-Based Security Solutions
The goal of this center is to provide cryptography-based security solutions enabling trust in new and next generation computing environments.
Around 450 researchers are working in this center on burning cybersecurity issues that affect our society, economy and administration.
PROTECTIVE is an EU H2020 project, which aims to provide security teams, with a greater cyber capability through improved cyber situational awareness (CSA).
TAKEDOWN is an EU H2020 project for developing effective and efficient security solutions against organised crime and terrorist networks.
PEN deals with resilient poly-energy networkswhich combine different resource types (electrical power, gas, heat) with ICT aspects.
Software Campus (Project Kombi)
The project is about Complexity Reduction in Big Data (KomBi), researching in the field of graph-based data visualization.

Past Projects

Softwareinnovationen für das Digitale Unternehmen EMERGENT and InDiNet (Spitzencluster - BMBF)
Software Campus
MoVe4Dynamic and Dekomposed (BMBF)
Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt

Selected Publications

1. Taxonomy and Survey of Collaborative Intrusion Detection. Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, Shankar Karuppayah, Mathias Fischer, Max Mühlhäuser. ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 47, p. 33, May 2015
2. AnonPubSub: Anonymous Publish-Subscribe Overlays. Jörg Daubert, Mathias Fischer, Tim Grube, Stefan Schiffner, Panayotis Kikiras, Max Mühlhäuser. In: Elsevier Computer Communications (ComCom), Vol. 76, p. 42-53, 2016
3. Computational trust methods for security quantification in the cloud ecosystem. Sheikh Mahbub Habib, Florian Volk, Sascha Hauke, Max Mühlhäuser. The Cloud Security Ecosystem, Vol. Syngress/Elsevier, p. 463-493, June 2015
4. CA Trust Management for the Web PKI. Johannes Braun, Florian Volk, Jiska Classen, Johannes Buchmann, Max Mühlhäuser. IOS Press: Journal of Computer Security, June 2014
5. Analyzing Flow-based Anomaly Intrusion Detection using Replicator Neural Networks. Carlos Garcia Cordero, Sascha Hauke, Max Mühlhäuser, Mathias Fischer. 14th IEEE Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST), p. 317 - 324, December 2016


Funding Agencies



Modeling Degrees of Fairness for Collaborations accepted at NOPE 2014

The paper "Modeling Degrees of Fairness for Collaborations" by Florian Volk, Maria Pelevina, Sheikh Mahbub Habib, Sascha Hauke, and Max Mühlhäuser was accepted at the 2nd IEEE International Workshop on Network... [more]

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Journal Article Accepted

The paper on  "EPPP4SMS: Efficient Privacy-Preserving Protocol for Smart Metering Systems and Its Simulation Using Real-World Data" by Fábio Borges and Max Mühlhäuser was accepted to be published in IEEE... [more]

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Full paper accepted at IEEE CNS 2014

The paper on "iKUP Keeps Users' Privacy in the Smart Grid" by Fábio Borges and Leonardo A. Martucci was accepted in the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS). The conference will take place... [more]

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Full paper accepted at TrustCom 2014

The paper on  "Secure and Privacy-Friendly Public Key Generation and Certification" by Fábio Borges, Leonardo A. Martucci, Filipe Beato, and Max Mühlhäuser was accepted in the 13th IEEE International... [more]

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Article in IOS Journal of Computer Security

Johannes Braun, Florian Volk*, Jiska Classen, Johannes Buchmann, and Max Mühlhäuser* (* from TK) successfully submitted their article CA Trust Management for the Web PKI in the renowned Journal IOS Journal of Computer Security.... [more]

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Paper at PST 2014

Florian Volk, Sascha Hauke, Daniel Dieth, and Max Mühlhäuser successfully placed their paper Communicating and Visualising Multicriterial Trustworthiness under Uncertainty on the 12th annual conference on Privacy, Security and... [more]

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HosTaGe goes live in Google Play

Our project titled 'HosTaGe' is now available in Google Play.   [more]

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