December 2012

November 2012

  • 9/11/2012: Thanasis Petsas, Nikos Tsikoudis and Zacharias Tzermias won the Gold Prize of the malware-analysis competition at the 7th International Workshop on Security (IWSEC 2012), in Fukuoka, Japan.

July 2012

  • 27/7/2012: Michalis Polychronakis received the Most Influential DIMVA Paper 2004-2008 Award for his DIMVA 2006 paper:

    Michalis Polychronakis, Kostas G. Anagnostakis, and Evangelos P. Markatos. Network-level Polymorphic Shellcode Detection using Emulation. In Proceedings of the GI/IEEE SIG SIDAR Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA). July 2006, Berlin, Germany. (pdf)

  • 27/7/2012: DCS Alumnus Vasilis Pappas won the Microsoft BlueHat Prize for his kBouncer ROP attacks mitigation technique.

March 2012

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December 2010

September 2010

  • 1/9/2010: September 1st was the starting day of SysSec: a new European Network of Excellence on "Managing Threats and Vulnerabilities in the Future Internet: Europe for the World". Composed of eight partners under the coordination of FORTH, the SysSec consortium aims to mobilize the research community and to advance the state of the art in the area of Systems Security.

July 2010

  • 1/7/2010: On July 1st 2010 the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship Award (IOF) MALCODE (Malicious Code Detection using Emulation) started. The award will fund Michalis Polychronakis’ research for three years: two years (outgoing phase) at Columbia University and one year (return phase) at FORTH.
  • 1/7/2010: July 1st 2010 is the start date of the project "Real-Time Malicious Code Identification". Coordinated by DCS (FORTH-ICS), the project assembles leading European Experts in the field such as EURECOM, TUV, VU, and Politecnico di Milano in order to develop a system to identify malicious code in real-time.

June 2010

  • 1/6/2010: The Distributed Computing Systems Laboratory participates in the Geant III project in order to develop and deploy advanced methods for incident and security threats detection and mitigation in a multi-domain environment. DCS participates as a third party to GRNET.

December 2009

October 2009

  • 27/10/2009: Spiros Antonatos and Mike Polychronakis received their Ph.D. degree!

July 2009

January 2009

  • 21/1/2009: DCS's project TIGER received the gold Celtic Excellence Award.

December 2008

November 2008

October 2008

  • 29/10/2008. The TIGER project has been shortlisted for 2009 Success Stories and Celtic Award 2009.

September 2008

  • 19/9/2008. During the first ENISA-FORTH Summer School (, Prof. Markatos gave an invited talk on "Emerging Risks in Network and Information Systems Security".
  • 10/9/2008. The work of DCS on turning facebook applications into DoS attack botnets has received wide publicity at places such as The Register, The NewScientist and ZDNet

July 2008

  • An article about the work of the DCS Lab on cyberattack detection was published in the ENISA Quarterly Review. The article, titled "Real-world Polymorphic Attack Detection," presents results and experiences from the deployment of a novel attack detection method, called network-level emulation, in production networks. After a year of continuous operation, the deployed sensors have captured more than a million attacks against Internet-connected systems.

May 2008

  • May 19-22 2008, Brugge, Belgium:Marc Dacier (right), the director of Symantec Research Labs in Europe, at the NoAH booth

    Marc Dacier (right), the director of Symantec Research Labs in Europe, at the NoAH booth

    DCS organized a booth for the NoAH ( project at the TERENA Networking Conference ( The booth presented several demos of the working project prototype showing in real-time the network attacks being captured by the NoAH Honeypots. Several participants visited the booth, and expressed their interest to collaborate with the NoAH partners.


  • May 26, 2008: Spyros Antonatos received the MANASAKI scholarship, an award given annualy to the best graduate student of the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete. For more information, please vitit this link (Greek article)

April 2008

  • April 2-4, 2008: CoreGRID Integration Workshop, Hersonissos, Crete
    The CoreGRID Integration Workshop was part of the series of events in the context of the European project CoreGRID. The event was successful and enjoyed the participation of 80 people who attended the presentations and exchanged their views and ideas on the topics raised. Along the lines of the Workshop there were three invited speeches, given by: Ewa Deelman, Christos N. Nikolaou and Yannis Ioannidis.
    Also there were two poster sessions with the presentation informative posters and slides. The attendants' feedback was far more than encouraging since their overall perception of the event was very positive. For more information about the Workshop, please visit the Web pages: and
  • April 2nd 2008: Michalis Polychronakis was invited to serve in the Program Committee of the 3rd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security (HotSec '08 July 29, 2008 San Jose, CA)
    Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, HotSec is intended as a forum for lively discussion of aggressively innovative and potentially disruptive ideas in all aspects of systems security.

March 2008

February 2008

  • Feb 18th 2008: Spiros Antonatos serves as the Program Committee co-chair of the first Network Data Anonymization" (NDA) Workshop to be held in conjunction with CCS 08 (ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference). This workshop seeks to focus on new and innovative solutions for anonymizing network data that will ensure appropriate protection of host identities, network configurations, and network security practices within enterprise networks.
  • Feb 15th 2008: DCS hosts William E. Johnston from ESnet, Energy Sciences Network, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Johnston, Department Head and Senior Scientist, gave a talk about "Networking for the Future of Large-Scale Science: An ESnet Perspective". More info:
  • Celebrating the 2008 International Safer Internet Day, SafeLine, the Greek Internet Hotline, organized an event for parents and educators. The event was entitled “Safe Use of the Internet: What parents and educations should be aware of” and took place on Thursday, February 14th, 19:00-21:00 at the Pagkrition School, Heraklion.

    The workshop focused on the use of the Internet by the children, their habits while surfing the Internet, the hidden dangers and the tools we dispose to protect theμ from these dangers. During the workshop SafeLine the Greek Internet Hotline were people can submit reports about illegal Internet content was presented. The invited speakers covered various sides of the multidimensional problem of keeping children safe in the vast and complex Internet and the services it provides. Mr. Frydas, President of SAFENET, the Hellenic Self-regulatory Body for Internet Content, talked about “Safe use of the Internet: What parents should be aware of”. Subsequently, Mr, Vassilis Spitadakis, ForthNET R&D Director, presented “SafeLine: The Greek Internet Hotline”. Lastly, Ms. Meltini Christodoulaki, Communications Liaison for Internet Safety at FORTH-ICS, unfolded the “Safety Tips and Legal Aspects” topic.

January 2008

  • Evangelos Markatos gave an invited presentation to the recent Workshop on learning from large scale attacks on the Internet Policy Implications at 17 January, 2008 in Brussels. Evangelos' talk focused on Cyber-attacks captured using the LOBSTER ( passive monitoring infrastructure, the lessons learned, as well as the policy implications of this work.

  • Spiros Antonatos gave a presentation at this year's FloCon
    ( on the anonymization and de-anonymization of Netflow traffic focusing on possible attacks in anonymized network flows. DCS' work was enthusiastically received, making DCS a major partner in the area and a major contribution to an up-coming anonymization-related workshop.

    More information can be found in the published paper:
    Michalis Foukarakis, Demetres Antoniades, Spiros Antonatos and Evangelos P. Markatos. "On the Anonymization and Deanonymization of Netflow Traffic". In Proceedings of FloCon 2008. January 2008, Savannah, Georgia, USA (

  • Project FORWARD started 1/1/2008. DCS along with 5 partners from all over Europe participated in this 2 year long project funded by the European Commission.
    The aim of the coordination action (CA) FORWARD is to promote collaboration and partnership between researchers from academia and industry involved in the protection of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures against cyber threats such as malicious code (viruses, botnets, and spyware), spam, and phishing. The goal is to identify, network, and coordinate the multiple research efforts that are underway in these areas and leveraging these efforts with other activities to build secure and trusted ICT systems and infrastructures.

  • Project MOMENT started 1/1/2008. DCS along with 11 partners from all over Europe participated in this 18 month long project funded by the European Commission.
    This project is aimed at integrating existing measurement and monitoring infrastructures towards a common and open, pan-European platform. This will be achieved through harmonisation of individual components, definition of common data format, development of unified interface, in order to provide flexibility to the design of future Internet applications. On the other hand, the project will allow semantic representation and retrieval of measurement and monitoring information. Additionally, the project will develop and demonstrate a set of tools and applications for next generation networks taking advantage of the integrated approach.

  • Project WOMBAT started 1/1/2008. DCS along with 9 partners from all over Europe participated in this 2 year long project funded by the European Commission.
    The WOMBAT project aims at providing new means to understand the existing and emerging threats that are targeting the Internet economy and the net citizens. To reach this goal, the proposal includes three key work packages: (i) real time gathering of a diverse set of security 70 related raw data, (ii) enrichment of this input by means of various analysis techniques, and (iii) root cause identification and understanding of the phenomena under scrutiny. The acquired datasets and knowledge will be shared with all interested security actors (ISPs, CERTs, security vendors, etc.), enabling them to make sound security investment decisions and to focus on the most dangerous activities first. Special care will also be devoted to impact the level of confidence of the European citizens in the net economy by leveraging computer security awareness in Europe thanks to the gained expertise.
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