Malicious Code Detonation Tester

Student Interns

Joe Cusano
Luke Evans
Celine Murugi
Flora Shi

Project Leads

Cara Bonnett
Anthony Miracle

Year

2020

Description: 

There are approximately 125 million emails sent/received at Duke during a given month. Of those emails, approximately 68 million are blocked as suspicious (spam, malware, virus, etc.). However, numerous phishing attacks get through each month and make it to users' inboxes. These phishing attacks entice users to click on a URL or open an attachment to install malware on their computers. A team of Duke students will work closely with Duke's Information Technology Security Office to develop  an easy to use malware sandbox that can receive URLs and files and load them in a safe, isolated environment.

Sponsored by Cisco
Duke stakeholders: IT Security Office, Office of Information Technology

Final Solution

Malware Attachment Analysis

Every month, millions of emails with malicious code are sent throughout Duke networks. The Malware Attachment Analysis web application allows anyone in the Duke community to quickly scan files and emails to detect malicious code and viruses. Using an intuitive, responsive design for everyday users, the application leverages Django and libraries such as Yara and VirusTotal. This project aimed to contribute towards a safer online environment for all Duke community members.

View the team's final presentation on YouTube.

Student Participants: 

Flora

Shi

Flora Shi
Major: 
Computer Science, Statistics and Computer Science
Minor: 
Mathematics
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2023

Hi, I am Flora. For me, Duke really inspired me to try different things and challenge myself. I had never taken Compsci classes or even thought of doing CS before I came to Duke. But now I am a CS major and find coding incredibly enjoyable and useful. In my free time, I love cats, bubble tea, and cooking.

Celine

Murugi

Celine Murugi
Major: 
Computer Science
Minor: 
Psychology
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2022

Hello! I’m Celine Murugi, a rising Junior from Kenya and majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology. I’m taking part in the Code+ program this summer. I have always been excited about meeting new people, hence please reach out to me with any questions or conversations! :)

Luke

Evans

Luke Evans
Major: 
Computer Science
Minor: 
Certificate in East Asian Studies
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2022

I'm a rising junior from Asheboro, NC. I love to run, read and listen to music. I'm interested in software engineering and data science, and excited to be a part of Code+ 2020!

Joe

Cusano

Joe Cusano
Major: 
Computer Science
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2022

I am a computer science major in the class of 2022. I am interested in software development and data science. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, playing music, rock climbing, and coding.

Project Leads: 

Cara

Bonnett

Cara Bonnett
Department: 
IT Security Office
Title: 
Senior Security Analyst

Anthony

Miracle

Anthony Miracle
Department: 
IT Security Office
Title: 
Security Analyst