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GHOSTS: simulating real user activity

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

This week, we present GHOSTS. Developed by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, it’s an open source project that aims to use a machine to simulate a realistic user activity that anyone could do.

The simulation ranges from file manipulation to web browsing - everything a real user would do ! GHOSTS can therefore reproduce expected behaviour when creating documents, browsing websites or downloading files. This project can be used for cyber training and exercises, but also for any other action for which a realistic activity is required.

Fun fact : you can change the user type from highly suspicious to completely legitimate.

But then, is that a way for us to finally be able to generate attack datasets that contain legitimate traffic ?

It would be a big step forward for researchers 😊


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