The SPHINX enigma in critical VoIP infrastructures: Human or botnet?

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Authors: Gritzalis, D., Soupionis, Y., Katos, V., Psaroudakis, I., Katsaros, P. and Mentis, A.

Journal: IISA 2013 - 4th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications

Pages: 151-154

ISBN: 9781479907717

DOI: 10.1109/IISA.2013.6623704

Sphinx was a monster in Greek mythology devouring those who could not solve her riddle. In VoIP, a new service in the role of Sphinx provides protection against SPIT (Spam over Internet Telephony) by discriminating human callers from botnets. The VoIP Sphinx tool uses audio CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) that are controlled by an anti-SPIT policy mechanism. The design of the Sphinx service has been formally verified for the absence of side-effects in the VoIP services (robustness), as well as for its DoS-resistance. We describe the principles and innovations of Sphinx, together with experimental results from pilot use cases. © 2013 IEEE.

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