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  • Authors: Guirguis, Mina (2006)

  • One important consideration in realizing dependable computing systems and networks is to uncover vulnerabilities in their designs to adversarial attacks. Currently, the designs of these systems employ different forms of adaptation mechanisms in order to optimize their performance by ensuring that desirable properties, such as stability, efficiency and fairness, are not compromised. This thesis discovers and studies a new type of adversarial attacks that target such adaptation mechanisms by exploiting their dynamics of operation - i.e., the characteristics of their transient behavior. We coin this new breed of adversarial attacks, Reduction of Quality (RoQ) attacks. The premise of RoQ attacks is to keep an adaptive mechanism constantly in a transient state, effectively depriving the ...