An adversarial attack detection paradigm with swarm optimization

Ayyaz-Ul-Haq Qureshi, Hadi Larijani, Nhamoinesu Mtetwa, Mehdi Yousefi, Abbas Javed

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The rise of smart devices and applications has increased the dependence of human beings on machine learning (ML) based code-driven systems. While many of the pragmatic problems such as image classification, medical diagnosis, and statistical arbitrage have been addressed by extensive recent research in machine learning, it still lacks substantial work in the field of adversarial attacks on safety-critical networked systems. It is a matter of significant importance, as using the adversarial samples, attackers are now able to evade pre-trained systems and mount black-box attacks hence increasing the false positives. In this research, we are proposing a Random Neural Network-based Adversarial intrusion detection system (RNN-ADV). For adversarial attack generation, the Jacobian Saliency Map Attack (JSMA) algorithm has been used. Swarm optimization capabilities have been implemented by training the system with the Artificial Bee Colony (ABC) algorithm. Different scenarios have been designed and the proposed system is then evaluated with benchmark benign NSL-KDD dataset, adversarial data, and the performance is compared with deep neural networks (DNN) using several performance metrics. The results suggest that the proposed scheme outperforms DNN in terms of adversarial attack detection where it has successfully classified benign samples from crafted samples with better accuracy and high F1 scores.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169262
ISBN (Print)9781728169279
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2020
Event2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks - Online
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020 (Link to conference website)

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2161-4393
ISSN (Electronic)2161-4407


Conference2020 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks
Abbreviated titleIJCNN 2020
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  • Intrusion Detection
  • Swarm Intelligence
  • Adversarial Machine Learning
  • JSMA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


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