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Nick gets 3 papers into CCS!

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https://www.cs.stonybrook.edu/about-us/News/Trifecta-PragSec-Lab-Three-papers-accepted-ACM-security-conference In their first paper titled Hindsight: Understanding the Evolution of UI Vulnerabilities in Mobile Browsers doctoral researchers Meng Luo and Oleksii Starov, guided by Assistant Professor Nima Honarmand and Nikiforakis, present their work on the first browser-agnostic framework for assessing the vulnerability of modern mobile browsers. By analyzing thousands of mobile browsers and exposing them to tens of thousands of attacks, the authors discovered that mobile browsers are becoming less secure with each passing year and warned about their potential abuse by attackers. PragSec Lab’s second paper titled The Wolf o... Read More
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Michalis and Sekar get $3.5m ONR grant!

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The latest software development practices can turn out new programs and products in record time. However, with enhanced speed and convenience come “code bloat,” creating a larger attack surface with a proliferation of security vulnerabilities, just waiting for hackers. Recent advances in software development often result in the need for constant system updates or bug fixes. Failure to implement these “fixes,” as believed to be the case in the recent Equifax breach, cost the end-user time and money. A team of researchers in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University were recently awarded $3.5M by the Office of Naval Research to address “debloating,” by removing unneeded code and constraining the use of... Read More
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3 new papers by Nick: Euro S&P, WWW x 2

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Extended Tracking Powers: Measuring the Privacy Diffusion Enabled by Browser Extensions,Oleksii Starov and Nick NikiforakisProceedings of the 26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2017 What’s in a Name? Understanding Profile Name Reuse on Twitter,Enrico Mariconti, Jeremiah Onaolapo, Sharique Ahmad, Nicolas Nikiforou, Manuel Egele, Nick Nikiforakis and Gianluca StringhiniProceedings of the 26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2017 Block Me If You Can: A Large-Scale Study of Tracker-Blocking Tools,Georg Merzdovnik, Markus Huber, Damjan Buhov, Nick Nikiforakis, Sebastian Neuner, Martin Schmiedecker, Edgar WeipplProceedings of the 2nd IEEE European Symposium on ... Read More
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2 new papers by NSI team (Michalis, Radu) at EuroS&P, PETS !

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Revisiting Browser Security in the Modern Era: New Data-only Attacks and DefensesRoman Rogowski, Micah Morton, Forrest Li, Kevin Z. Snow, Fabian Monrose, and Michalis Polychronakis.In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE European Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&P). April 2017, Paris, France Anrin Chakraborti, Chen Chen, Radu Sion,“DataLair: Efficient Block Storage with Plausible Deniability against Multi-Snapshot Adversaries”,Privacy Enhancing Technologies PETS 2017 ... Read More
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Omkant gets two EuroCrypt papers!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Sanjam Garg, Susumu Kiyoshima, Omkant PandeyOn the Exact Round Complexity of Self-Composable Two-Party ComputationEUROCRYPT 2017 Sanjam Garg, Omkant Pandey, Akshayaram Srinivasan, Mark ZhandryBreaking the Sub-Exponential Barrier in ObfustopiaEUROCRYPT 2017 ... Read More
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Nick receives best paper award from NDSS 2017!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Najmeh Miramirkhani, Oleksii Starov, and Nick Nikiforakis,Dial One for Scam: A Large-Scale Analysis of Technical Support Scams After more than one year of work and 3 rejections, getting the Distinguished Paper Award at #NDSS2017 feels nothing short of incredible… pic.twitter.com/oPPPGKHb1w — Nick Nikiforakis (@nicknikiforakis) March 1, 2017 ... Read More
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NSI Team has 5 papers at the S&P Security Symposium!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Norax: Enabling Execute-Only Memory for COTS Binaries on AArch64Yaohui Chen, Dongli Zhang, Ruowen Wang, Ahmed Azab, Long Lu, Hayawardh Vijayakumar, Wenbo Shen Revisiting Browser Security in the Modern Era: New Data-only Attacks and DefensesRoman Rogowski, Micah Morton, Forrest Li, Kevin Z. Snow, Fabian Monrose, and Michalis Polychronakis. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE European Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&P). April 2017, Paris, France + a number of other papers. ... Read More
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Omkant Pandey together with Tal Rabin and Fabrice Benhamouda are organizing Crypto Day @ Stony Brook Manhattan on 12/16/2016

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article nycryptoday: Crypto is the deadliest Espresso.https://nycryptoday.wordpress.com/ ... Read More
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Professor Scott Stoller and Ph.D. student Thang Bui receive the Best Paper Award

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Professor Scott Stoller and Ph.D. student Thang Bui received the Best PaperAward from the 30th Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Data andApplications Security and Privacy (DBSec 2016) in July 2016, for their paperon “Mining Hierarchical Temporal Roles with Multiple Metrics”. Role miningalgorithms have potential to significantly reduce the cost of migration fromlow-level legacy access control mechanisms, such as Access Control Lists(ACLs) to Role-Based Access Control ... Read More
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Nick is organizing Dagstuhl and Co-chairs e-Crime 2017. Nick and Michalis are chairing publications/publicity in RAID 2017.

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Nick is one of the organizers of a Dagstuhl workshop on online privacy and web transparency (https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=17162) Nick is the PC co-chair for eCrime 2017. Michalis is the publication chair for RAID 2017. Nick is the publicity chair for RAID 2017. ... Read More
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Prof. Nikiforakis receives grant from Data Transparency Lab to build privacy-enhancing tool.

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article PrivacyMeter: Real-time Privacy Quantification for the Webhttp://www.datatransparencylab.org/grantees2016.html The modern web is home to many online services that request and handle sensitive private information from their users. Previous research has shown how websites may leak user information, either due to poor programming practices, or through the intentional outsourcing of functionality to third-party service. Despite the magnitude of this problem, users today have few, i... Read More
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Professor Omkant Pandey receives 2016 ACM CCS Test-of-Time Award!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Professor Omkant Pandey, along with his co-authors Vipul Goyal, Amit Sahai, and Brent Waters, have won the 2016 ACM CCS Test-of-Time Award (Association for Computing Machinery; Computer and Communications Security) for their work on attribute based data encryption. Their paper, Attribute-Based Encryption for Fine-Grained Access Control of Encrypted Data, was one of two selected for the prestigious award. “The Test-of-Time Award recognizes works that have had significant impact on the field, as seen from a t... Read More
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Come to Cyber Day on December 12th!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Cyber Day brings together experts in cyber security with the greater Stony Brook academic community for an inter-disciplinary dialogue on security and privacy in our digital lives. Join us, present your work, mingle, listen to the talks, or come just for the scenery!https://nationalsecurityinstitute.org/cyberday ... Read More
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Nick Nikiforakis and Nima Honarmand awarded $500k by NSF to study Emerging Attacks Against the Mobile Web

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article TITLE TWC: Small: Emerging Attacks Against the Mobile Web and Novel Proxy Technologies for Their Containment INVESTIGATORS Nick Nikiforakis (Principal Investigator)Nima Honarmand (Co-Principal Investigator) ABSTRACT Users entrust their mobile devices with sensitive data, including business emails, as well as health and financial information. Thus, mobile devices have become an increasingly popular target for attackers. Mobile devices house pow... Read More
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Michalis Polychronakis and Nick Nikiforakis awarded $500k by NSF to combat environment-aware malware.

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article TITLE TWC: Small: Combating Environment-aware Malware INVESTIGATORS Michalis Polychronakis (Principal Investigator)Nick Nikiforakis (Co-Principal Investigator) ABSTRACT Tools for dynamic detection of malicious software (“malware”), such as antivirus software, often create a protected “analysis environment” (or “sandbox”) in which to test suspicious software without risk to the computer system. Malware authors have responded by developin... Read More
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Nick Nikiforakis and Erez Zadok awarded $586k by Office of Naval Research!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article TITLE Early Detection of User-impersonating Attackers using Multilayer Tripwires PI: Nick Nikiforakis, co-PI: Erez Zadok, Sponsor: Office of Naval Research. ... Read More
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Radu Sion interviewed by InnovateLI: “NSI: A fundamental approach to national security”

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Radu Sion talks to InnovateLI about NSI:http://www.innovateli.com/a-findamental-approach-to-national-security/ ... Read More
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Long Lu’s papers to appear in IEEE S&P and ACM MobiSys

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Shreds: Fine-grained Execution Units with Private MemoryYaohui Chen, Sebassujeen Reymondjohnson, Zhichuang Sun, Long LuIn Proceedings of the 37th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P/Oakland’16).[acceptance rate 13.3% = 55/413] CASE: Comprehensive Application Security Enforcement on COTS Mobile Devices... Read More
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Many of our faculty featured in the news!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/08/cloudpiercer_tool_lifts_ddos_protection_cloak_from_70_percent_of_sites/ http://www.techrepublic.com/article/ddos-mitigation-may-leave-your-site-even-more-vulnerable/ http://www.scmagazineuk.com/cloudpiercer-tool-discloses-ddos-defence-providers/article/444000/ http://www.wired.com/2015/04/app-hides-secret-messages-starcraft-style-games/ http://www.scmp.com/tech/apps-gaming/article/1775587/anti-censorship-technology-uses-online-video-games-bypass-chinese http://www.cnn.com/... Read More
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Nick Nikiforakis gets multiple paper published in WWW, NDSS, PETS

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article No Honor Among Thieves: A Large-Scale Analysis of Malicious Web Shells,Oleksii Starov, Johannes Dahse, Syed Sharique Ahmad, Thorsten Holz, Nick Nikiforakisto appear in the Proceedings of the 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2016 It’s Free for a Reason: Exploring the Ecosystem of Free Live Streaming Services,Zubair Rafique, Tom Van Goethem, Wouter Joosen, Christophe Huygens, Nick Nikiforakisto appear in the Proceedings of the 23rd Network and Distributed System Security Sym... Read More
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EuroS&P Paper: Castle: A Video Game-based Covert Channel

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Castle: A Video Game-based Covert Channel Abstract:The Internet has become a critical communication infrastructure for citizens to organize protests and express dissatisfaction with their governments. This fact has not gone unnoticed, with governments clamping down on this medium via censorship, and circumvention researchers working tirelessly to stay one step ahead. In this paper, we explore a promising new avenue for covert channels: using real-time strategy (RTS) video games as a cover protocol. The popularity ... Read More
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$1.6m awarded by NSF to Prof. Long Lu in collaboration with SRI and UIC

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article TITLE MALDIVES: Developing a Comprehensive Understanding of Malware Delivery Mechanisms ABSTRACT The cybercriminal community is inarguably more organized, better resourced and more motivated than ever to perpetrate massive-scale computer infections across the Internet. The malware distribution systems that they control and operate are characterized by their use of highly specialized suppliers and commoditized malware services. As a consequence of this development, criminals with little technical e... Read More