Call for Workshop Papers

International Workshop on Cyber attribution: challenges, possibilities, solutions

To be held at EAI SecureComm 2021.

Workshop Chairs

David Arroyo, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
Luis Fernando Lago Fernández, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain


Cyber attribution is one of the most challenging aspects of cybersecurity research. The heterogeneity of communication channels and the proliferation of Internet-mediated interaction models make it difficult to properly trace the origins of data and the source from which information originates. Furthermore, the possibility of generating and exchanging information anonymously adds complexity to the challenge of cyber attribution. Although obfuscation and identity concealment facilitate cyber attacks and information operations, demanding to end anonymity has its drawbacks and it is controversial, as it hampers freedom of speech, censorship resistance, whistleblowing. This workshop is intended to discuss the shortcomings of the current state of the Internet ecosystem in terms of achieving effective content and authorship attribution in an accountable and fair manner.


Particular topics of interest include:

  • Natural Language Processing and network analysis for content and authorship attribution 
  • Mis and disinformation characterization
  • Anomaly detection  and data-driven solutions in the context of cyber attribution
  • Fair accountable anonymity and cyber attribution 
  • Human factors in the deployment and acceptance of  means to conduct content and author verification 
  • Cyber attribution and digital governance in social, political and financial systems 
  • Ethical and legal aspects of cyber attribution

Submit paper to this workshop

Important datesUpdates!

Paper submission: 30 June 2021

Notification deadline: 23 July 2021

Camera Ready: 7 August 2021 (firm)

Video submission deadline: 9 August 2021

Accepted and presented technical papers will be submitted for publication by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library. Workshop Papers will be published as a part of the (EAI SecureComm 2021) Conference Proceedings. Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

We invite workshop participation through contributions that respond to one or more of the mentioned research questions in 6-11 pages. Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

Technical Program Committee of the Workshop

David Arroyo, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
Alejandro Martín, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Angel Panizo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Javier Huertas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Daniel Díaz Sánchez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Andrés Marín López, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Florina Almenares Mendoza, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain