You need to analyze textual log data from an online chat forum related to the
Anonymous hacktivist group. You will learn how to apply regular expressions, summarize log data,
quantify text data, and summarize time trends.
IRC is an early protocol for instant messaging developed in the early years of the Internet. The
openness and ability to remain anonymous has made IRC a popular channel for hacker networks to
collaborate and share ideas.
The data comes from [login to view URL] It contains two years
of chats between hackers associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous. In these logs they share
information about malware, setting up servers to deploy attacks, and other information related to
The collection and analysis of these chats is a form of cyber-threat intelligence. The analysis of these
chats and other dark web data sources enable proactive defense against attacks.
1. Many users log in and view the chat without commenting. Which users spent the most time
in the logs? (3pts) Which users logged in the most (2pts)
2. Find the most common words (3 pts)
3. Count the total number of written messages (only those with actual text content) (2 pts).
Summarize the users that posted the most messages (2pts)
4. Find and rank (by count) words not in an English dictionary (3 pts). This is a simple method
that can identify some names of malware tools
5. Which hours of the day had the most messages (2pts)? Which days had the most traffic (or
6. Find and list the URLs posted in the chat. (2pts)
This analysis portion of the assignment is graded out of 10 points. The maximum score for analysis
is 15 points.
Your code should also be well-documented with comments, sources, and explanations of what is
happening. Fully documented code will receive full credit. Mostly complete documentation will
receive a deduction of a point, minimal documentation will result in a deduction of 2 points, and no
documentation will result in a deduction of 3 points from your score.
Submit your code and accompanying documentation and evidence that your program works in a PDF
or Word document. The instructor may wish to see a demonstration of your code.
<+evilbot> This user is a bot. If possible, filter this user’s posts from the chat
You can identify changes in days with the messages “--- Day changed Mon Sep 26 2016”. There are
some instances of this measure missing. It is possible to correct this issue by looking at the times of
the day (i.e. the hour rolls over to 00).
Users can change their usernames. An alternative to usernames for login-logout behavior is to use
their login identifiers (for example: [androirc@[login to view URL]]).
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