Smart Protection in Infrastructures and Networks (SPIN)

Smart Protection in Infrastructures and Networks (SPIN)

SPIN logo white background

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.

Research Topics

  • Collaborative Network Defence
  • Resilience for Cyber-physical Systems
  • Botnet Detection and Mitigation
  • Computational Trust
  • Communication Privacy


Botnet Simulation Framework

BSF provides a discrete simulation environment to implement and extend peer-to-peer botnets, tweak their settings and allow defenders to evaluate monitoring and countermeasures.

Hybrid Online Social Network

HOSN is an Android app that builds on top of Twitter and allows users to communicate privately beyond the knowledge of Twitter’s service provider.

Thumbnail Honeypot

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.

Thumbnail BSF

BSF (Botnet Simulation Framework)

Our BSF models P2P botnets, including several wide-spread Botnets in greatdetail, in the popular OMNeT++ framework.

Thumbnail ID2T


The ID2T (Intrusion Detection Dataset Toolkit) aims on the creation of labeled datasets that contain user defined synthetic attacks.

Thumbnail CertainTrust SDK

CertainTrust SDK

Our CertainTrust SDK allows computing the expectation or probability on the foundation of Bayesian logic. The SDK is available on our website for everyone to use.

HOLEG Simulator

Creating resilience is challenging in distributed systems such as the energy network. The HOLEG Simulator is a solution for modelling energy networks and identifying and evaluating resilient configurations based on the Holon analogy.

Do not forget to have a look at our list of past showcases.

Current Projects

EU CHAMPIONs – Cooperative Harmonized Action Model to Stop Polarization in Our Nations

CHAMPIONs’ central action is to establish permanent offline working groups combining FLPs (first-line-practitioners) of different disciplines, professions and institutions or agencies, to jointly develop effective detection and response solutions to counter polarization, build resilience and protect vulnerable groups in their local communities.

ATHENE – Mission Analytics Based Cybersecurity

Collaborative Botnet Analysis and Attack Detection

The core objective of our sub-project within the mission is to conceptualize and prototypically realize a P2P botnet monitoring framework that enables collaborative monitoring across different defenders/organizations. These advancements shall improve the quality and efficiency of P2P botnet monitoring by enabling data collection, sharing and analysis across collaborators. Ultimately, these advances should enable effective countermeasures against the monitored botnets.


Shankar Karuppayah

Leon Böck

Novel P2P Botnet Detection and Endpoint Mobilization

This project is funded by the Royal Bank of Canada and focuses on detecting and mitigating botnet threats in edge networks. To do this, the project aims to develop a simulation environment to experiment with advanced countermeasures, introduce novel P2P botnet detection techniques and leverage collaborative approaches to mitigate the botnet threat based on shared knowledge.


Leon Böck

Shankar Karuppayah

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.

Anonyme Gruppenkommunikation (AnonPubSub)

AnonPubSub is a DFG project for developing novel and formally-sound techniques to provide anonymous group communication in decentralized environments.

Software Campus (Project ALIEN4IoT)

Anomaly Detectoin for IoT-Networks

Many IoT-devices have only limited computational ressources and therefore cannot run traditional security mechanisms such as anti-virus software. Network-based Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) can mitigate this drawback. They offer the possiblity to monitor and protect multiple devices within the same network. Sepcifically, in the context of IoT-devices, this is a promising aid in securing the factories of the future. The goal of this project is to develop an anomaly-based IDS for deployment in and protection of IoT-networks.

ATHENE – National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity

The National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE is the largest research center for cyber security and privacy in Europe. ATHENE develops security solutions to the benefit of industry, society and government, regularly advises the public and private sector and supports start-ups.

Researchers of the Telecooperation group participate in various missions:

  • QoSec – Quality of Security
  • ABC – Analytics-based Cybersecurity
  • SecUrb – Secure Urban Infrastructures

Do not forget to take a look at our list of past projects.


Area Head

Dr. Tim Grube

S2|02 A121


Research Associates

Nikolaos Alexopoulos

S2|02 A312


Leon Böck

S2|02 A312


Rolf Egert

S2|02 A316


Sarah Gaballah

S2|02 A316


Dr. Shankar Karuppayah

S2|02 A312


Dr.-Ing. Andrea Tundis

S2|02 A121


Jana Vogel

S2|02 A121


Aidmar Wainakh

S2|02 A316


Former group members

  • Dr. Jörg Daubert
  • Dr. Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis
  • Dr. Sheikh M. Habib
  • Dr.-Ing. Florian Volk
  • Dr. Shankar Karuppayah
  • Prof. Dr. Sascha Hauke
  • Dr. Matthias Beckerle
  • Dr. Fábio Borges
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Fischer
  • Dr. ir. Stefan Schiffner
  • Dr. Leonardo A. Martucci
  • Dr. Stefan G. Weber
  • Dr. Sebastian Ries