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



Full paper accepted at ISCC 2014

The paper on  "A Privacy-Enhancing Protocol that Provides In-Network Data Aggregation and Verifiable Smart Meter Billing" by Fábio Borges, Denise Demirel, Leon Böck, Johannes Buchmann, and Max Mühlhäuser... [more]

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Paper at IEEE ICWS 2014

Florian Volk, Johanna Sokoli and Max Mühlhäuser have successfully submitted their paper "Performance Functions for QoS Prediction in Web Service Composites" to the 21th International Conference on Web Services (ICWS... [more]

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Latest achievement at Telecooperation Lab

Dr. Sheikh M. Habib's, Area-Head of Smart Security and Trust, PhD thesis on "Trust Establishment Mechanisms for Distributed Service Environments"  is now available under . [more]

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We will present our contributions to the Software-Cluster project InDiNet as parts of the demonstrator ePools, which is located at the CeBIT booth of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. [more]

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Florian Volk at CeBIT

Our researcher Florian Volk will hold a FutureTalk at this year's CeBIT. The topic is "Decomposition of product ratings" and the talk will be in German language. Attend the talk on March 13, hall 9, position F44. [more]

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Full Paper Accepted IEEE ICC 2014

Title "On Advanced Monitoring in Resilient and Unstructured P2P Botnets", authored by Shankar Karuppayah, Mathias Fischer, Christian Rossow, and Max Mühlhäuser  [more]

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Article published in Proceedings of the Third ACM Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones & Mobile Devices (SPSM'13)

Title "This network is infected: HosTaGe - a low-interaction honeypot for mobile devices", authored by Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, Shankar Karuppayah, Mathias Fischer, Max Mühlhäuser, Mihai Plasoianu, Lars Pandikow, and Wulf... [more]

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