CUING 2022 : 6th International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding
CUING 2022 : 6th International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding

CUING 2022 : 6th International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding

Vienna, Austria
Event Date: August 23, 2022 - August 26, 2022
Submission Deadline: May 25, 2022
Notification of Acceptance: June 10, 2022
Camera Ready Version Due: June 19, 2022

Call for Papers

CUING 2022
The International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding (CUING 2022)
to be held in conjunction with the 17th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2022 –
CUING website:

August 23 – August 26, 2022

With the constant rise of the number of Internet users, available bandwidth and an increasing number of services shifting into the connected world, criminals are increasingly active in the virtual world. With improving defensive methods, cybercriminals have to utilize more and more sophisticated ways to perform their malicious activities. While protecting the privacy of users, many technologies used in current malware and network attacks have been abused in order to allow criminals to carry out their activities undetected. This poses a lot of new challenges for digital forensics analysts, academics, law enforcement agencies (LEAs), and security professionals.

The aim of the International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding (CUIng) is to bring together researchers, practitioners, law enforcement representatives, and security professionals in the area of analysis of information hiding. However, data hiding is understood here in a wider manner than in the academic world, i.e., all techniques that pertain to camouflaging/masking/hiding various types of data (e.g. identities, behavior, communication, etc.) are included here. This means not only digital steganography/covert channels, but also obfuscation/anti-forensics techniques and even underground networks (darknets) or activities related to behavior impersonation or mimicking. This will allow presenting a more complete picture on novel research regarding the use of data and communication hiding methods in criminal environments and discuss ideas for fighting misuse of privacy enhancing technologies.

Moreover, this year the CUING workshop is co-organized with the SIMARGL (Secure Intelligent Methods for Advanced RecoGnition of malware and stegomalware) H2020 project.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

- Information hiding techniques
- Studies regarding the use of information hiding in cybercrime
- Analysis of cybercrime cases related to CUIng
- Large scale coordinated actions by LEAs from CUIng perspective
- New steganographic & steganalysis methods
- Local, air-gapped, and network covert channels
- Side channels and less obvious usage of information hiding techniques
- Novel countermeasures against information hiding techniques: detection, prevention, limitation
- Evasion, obfuscation and anti-forensics techniques used by cybercriminals
- Traffic type obfuscation techniques e.g. traffic morphing
- Masking network attacks with another types of threats
- Hiding covert communication within network attacks e.g. DDoS, SPAM, etc.
- Impersonation of one cybercriminals groups by the other
- Underground marketplaces and their business models
- Botnet analysis from CUIng perspective
- Methods for botnet detection and mitigation from CUIng perspective
- Banking Trojans from CUIng perspective
- IoT-botnets from CUIng perspective
- Privacy enhancing techniques
- Analysis of underground environments
- Legal and technical aspects of Darknet research
- Cybercrime and CPS from CUIng perspective
- Future scenarios in cybercrime from CUIng perspective
- Aspects and methods for sharing strategic intelligence
- Abusing legitimate cloud-based services for masking criminal activities
- Abusing legitimate social media services for masking criminal activities

Important Dates
Submission Deadline May 25, 2022 (extended!)
Author Notification June 10, 2022 (extended!)
Proceedings Version June 19, 2022
ARES EU Symposium August 23, 2022
ARES Conference August 23 – August 26, 2022

Submission Guidelines

The submission guidelines valid for the workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. They can be found at

Moreover, the extended versions of all accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Cyber Security and Mobility (Indexed in Scopus,

Workshop Chairs

Wojciech Mazurczyk
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
[email protected]

Philipp Amann
Europol, European Cybercrime Centre, The Netherlands
[email protected]

Jart Armin
CyberDefcon, The Netherlands
[email protected]

Angelo Consoli
Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI), Switzerland
[email protected]

Peter Kieseberg
FH St. Pölten, Austria
[email protected]

Joerg Keller
FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
[email protected]


CUING 2022 : 6th International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding will take place in Vienna, Austria. It’s a 4 days event starting on Aug 23, 2022 (Tuesday) and will be winded up on Aug 26, 2022 (Friday).

CUING 2022 falls under the following areas: INFORMATION HIDING, STEGANOGRAPHY, CYBER SECURITY, MALWARE, etc. Submissions for this Workshop can be made by May 25, 2022. Authors can expect the result of submission by Jun 10, 2022. Upon acceptance, authors should submit the final version of the manuscript on or before Jun 19, 2022 to the official website of the Workshop.

Please check the official event website for possible changes before you make any travelling arrangements. Generally, events are strict with their deadlines. It is advisable to check the official website for all the deadlines.

Other Details of the CUING 2022

  • Short Name: CUING 2022
  • Full Name: 6th International Workshop on Criminal Use of Information Hiding
  • Timing: 09:00 AM-06:00 PM (expected)
  • Fees: Check the official website of CUING 2022
  • Event Type: Workshop
  • Website Link:
  • Location/Address: Vienna, Austria

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