Efective and real-time in-app activity analysis in encrypted internet trafic streams

Junming Liu, Yanjie Fu, Jingci Ming, Yong Ren, Leilei Sun, Hui Xiong

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Abstract

The mobile in-App service analysis, aiming at classifying mobile internet trafic into different types of service usages, has become a challenging and emergent task for mobile service providers due to the increasing adoption of secure protocols for in-App services. While some efforts have been made for the classification of mobile internet trafic, existing methods rely on complex feature construction and large storage cache, which lead to low processing speed, and thus not practical for online real-time scenarios. To this end, we develop an iterative analyzer for classifying encrypted mobile trafic in a real-time way. Specifically, we first select an optimal set of most discriminative features from raw features extracted from trafic packet sequences by a novel Maximizing Inner activity similarity and Minimizing Different activity similarity (MIMD) measurement. To develop the online analyzer, we first represent a trafic flow with a series of time windows, which are described by the optimal feature vector and are updated iteratively at the packet level. Instead of extracting feature elements from a series of raw trafic packets, our feature elements are updated when a new trafic packet is observed and the storage of raw trafic packets is not required. The time windows generated from the same service usage activity are grouped by our proposed method, namely, recursive time continuity constrained KMeans clustering (rCKC). The feature vectors of cluster centers are then fed into a random forest classifier to identify corresponding service usages. Finally, we provide extensive experiments on real-world trafic data from Wechat, Whatsapp, and Facebook to demonstrate the effectiveness and eficiency of our approach. The results show that the proposed analyzer provides high accuracy in real-world scenarios, and has low storage cache requirement as well as fast processing speed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKDD 2017 - Proceedings of the 23rd ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages335-344
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348874
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2017
Event23rd ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, KDD 2017 - Halifax, Canada
Duration: Aug 13 2017Aug 17 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
VolumePart F129685

Other

Other23rd ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, KDD 2017
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityHalifax
Period8/13/178/17/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems

Keywords

  • In-app analytics
  • Internet trafic analysis
  • Service usage classification
  • Time series segmentation

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