Dr. Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis

nameEmmanouil Vasilomanolakis

Senior Researcher

Postdoc (Smart Protection in Infrastructures and Networks (SPIN))

phone+49 (6151) 16 - 23199

+49 (6151) 16 - 23202


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postal address

TU Darmstadt - FB 20
FG Telekooperation
Hochschulstraße 10
D-64289 Darmstadt

Short Bio

I am a senior researcher (post-doc) at Technische Universität Darmstadt. My research interests include collaborative intrusion detection, honeypots and alert data correlation.

I received a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Technische Universität Darmstadt in 2016 for my dissertation "On Collaborative Intrusion Detection". Heretofore, I received my diploma (Dipl.-Inform.) and MSc from the University of the Aegean (Greece) in 2008 and 2011 respectively. My master thesis, in the area of honeypots, was conducted in cooperation with the National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos”. Lastly, I worked as a researcher for AGT International, on the field of IoT security, from 2014-2015.

For an updated overview of my activities, have a look at my personal website.


ID2T - The Intrusion Detection Dataset Generation Toolkit

Author Carlos Garcia Cordero, Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, Max Mühlhäuser
Date December 2017
Kind Misc
How publishedBlackhat Europe 2017
NoteBlackhat Europe 2017 Arsenal 
LocationLondon, UK
Research Areas CRISP, CYSEC, Telecooperation, SPIN: Smart Protection in Infrastructures and Networks, CROSSING, S1
Abstract <div>There is a never-ending arms race between attackers and defenders in the cyber-security world. Our tool, ID2T, tries to leverage the balance of power towards the defenders' side. ID2T enables security researchers and practitioners to test their defensive tools against synthetic attacks without risks. By injecting synthetic, yet realistic, attacks into network traces, detection mechanisms can be audited, tested and evaluated.&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>ID2T emerges from the gaps that exist between the arsenals of attackers and defenders. Attackers have the upper hand with 0-day exploits and the malware that utilizes them. Ransomware, for example, makes the headlines more often than ever. The development of modern security mechanisms, on the contrary, is moving slowly. One of the reasons for the slow pace is that there are no clear strategies to evaluate novel defensive proposals. Researchers and security practitioners are forced to use archaic and unrealistic network traces to evaluate their proposals. The DARPA 1999 intrusion detection dataset is such an example. It contains 18-year-old network traces (with no resemblance to modern networks) and old attacks.</div> <div></div> <div>ID2T stands for &quot;Intrusion Detection Dataset Toolkit&quot;. It is an open source toolkit designed to inject synthetic, yet highly realistic attacks, into network traces with the PCAP format. ID2T provides a wide range of modern cyber-attacks for injection; from malware and web application attacks (e.g., against Joomla) to SQL injection and DDoS attacks. Injected attacks are made as realistic as possible by replicating the network conditions and characteristics of any inputted network trace. In this demo session we present the first public release of ID2T, which builds on top of our theoretical work [1].</div> <div></div> <div>[1]: Vasilomanolakis et al., 2016, April. Towards the creation of synthetic, yet realistic, intrusion detection datasets. In NOMS, 2016 IEEE/IFIP (pp. 1209-1214).</div>
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Posters, Demos and Talks

  • 10-11.06.2014 Collaborative Intrusion Detection using Mobile Honeypots
    Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, Shankar Karuppayah, Mathias Fischer, Max Muhlhauser
    Intel Workshop on Cyberphysical and Mobile Security, Darmstadt, Germany (poster)
  • 21.04.2013 A short introduction to honeypots
    FOSSCOMM 2013, Athens, Greece (invited talk)

Summer/Winter Schools & Workshops

  • European Intensive Program on Information and Communication Security (IPICS), University of Regensburg, Germany, 2008
  • 4th Summer School on Network & Information Security (NIS): The Challenge of the Changing Risk Landscape, jointly organized by ENISA and FORTH, Greece, 2011
  • Honeynet Project Workshop (Under a full scholarship offered by the Honeynet Project), Warsaw Poland, 2014

Topics for Bachelor and Master Theses

Please check the list bellow for open Bachelor or Master thesis topics. Our group always offers a selection of challenging topics in the area of intrusion detection and Cyber Security. If you see an open topic that appears to be interesting for you, kindly drop me an email.


2 Entries found


Reverse engineering of sophisticated malware

Master Thesis


• Knowledge in reverse engineering is a must!

• Understanding of C and Assembly languages

• General understanding of network protocols


Semantic/statistical analysis of hacked & leaked passwords

Master Thesis

in progress

Regardless of advances in biometrics and other alternatives, good old passwords are still the main authentication medium nowadays. At the same time, hacked/stolen passwords are sold in the dark web for trivial amounts of money (or even for free). Now, imagine a massive leaked password database: how much can we learn from it?


Winter Term 2017/2018

Winter Term 2016/2017

  • Seminar Telekooperation
  • Protection in Networked Systems ‒ Trust, Resilience, and Privacy (course web page)

Winter Term 2015/2016

  • Seminar Telekooperation (course web page)
  • Bachelor Students Traineeship / Bachelorpraktikum
  • Oberseminar TK (link)

Winter Term 2014/2015

  • Seminar Telekooperation (course web page)
    Advisor for topics: "Analysis of collaborative data correlation algorithms with a focus on alert data correlation", "A survey of the security features of IoT platforms and architectures", "A Survey on Security in the Internet of Thing’s Machine-to-Machine Platforms"
  • Projectpraktikum
    Supervision: HosTaGe

Summer Term 2014

  • Seminar Telekooperation (course web page)
    Advisor for topic "
    Alert Correlation and Aggregation for Collaborative Intrusion Detection"
  • Simulation und Evaluation von Computernetzwerken (SECoN) (course web page)

Winter Term 2013/2014

  • Seminar Telekooperation (course web page)
    Advisor for topics "Mobile Honeypots: A survey" and (Co-advisor) "Mobile Live Forensics"
  • Bachelor Students Traineeship / Bachelorpraktikum
    Co-supervision "HOsTaGe: 2.0"
  • Projectpraktikum
    Co-supervision "HOsTaGe: Arm and Loaded"

Summer Term 2013

Winter Term 2012/2013

  • Seminar Security, Privacy, and Trust
    Advisor for topic “Attacks on Intrusion Detection Systems
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