Internship—Penten Pty Ltd - Project 2

Fake Machine Generated Documents for Honeypots

22 May 2023

This position is offered through the ANU Computing Internship courses (COMP3820 / COMP4820 / COMP8830).

Semester 2, 2023 applications open on Tuesday 23 May and close on Monday 29 May.


Penten Pty Ltd

Penten is an Australian-based cyber technology company focused on innovation in secure mobility, applied AI (artificial intelligence) and tactical communications security.

Project —Fake Machine Generated Documents for Honeypots

Create fake business documents using machine learning language models and templating systems.

Honeyfiles fake documents that are used as deceptive honeypots, to detect network breaches, waste attackers time, and reveal their intent. The key to successful deceptions is realism.

This project focuses on honeyfile that suit two particular types of business:

  • A startup consulting company

  • A startup cyber security company

The project involves curating a corpus of documents that correspond to the type of business, training language models to generate content, and injecting the content into realistic documents.

Success will be judged from the level of “preview realism” that can be achieved. That is, without reading the text in detail, does the document appear to be real with less than 30 seconds of inspection from a hostile adversary.

Required technical skills

  • Python
  • Machine learning
  • Large language models

Required/preferred professional and other skills


Delivery Mode

In-Person Internship

Student location

Student must be located in Canberra only

Project’s Special Requirements/ Conditions

Intern requires Australian citizenship

Type of internship

The intern/s will be engaged as a casual employee

How to apply

Applications are invited from eligible students to apply for the Computing Internship courses COMP3820 or COMP4820 or COMP8830. Eligibility details of COMP3820 / COMP4820 / COMP8830 and further information about the Computing Internship can be found on the Computing Internship page.

Eligible students can apply through the Computing Internship application form which will be available via the Computing Internship page between Tuesday 23 May 2023 to Monday 29 May 2023.

You can nominate multiple preferred Internship projects and host organisations through the one online application form.

Eligibility and Room Available in degree to undertake COMP3820/COMP4820/COMP8830 will be assessed at the time of application. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria or do not have room in your degree to fit COMP3820/COMP4820/COMP8830, your application will not be progressed.

Your application will require you to upload the following documents:

  • an updated copy of your Resume, and
  • an Expression of Interest (limit 350 words) for each organisation you wish to apply to (for organisations with multiple projects only submit one Expression of Interest but state clearly which project/s you wish to be considered for).

You are on Aboriginal land.

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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