SICSA DVF Professor Guevara Noubir “Cross-Layer Attacks in Emerging Networks

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Date(s) - 24/03/2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

University of Stirling

SICSA DVF  Professor Guevara Noubir from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA will be giving a talk on “Cross-Layer Attacks in Emerging Networks” on Friday 24 March at the University of Stirling.

The last decade has seen the rise of several new networking technologies, from mobile and wireless to overlay anonymous communication networks such as Tor. In this talk, I will argue that such networks are vulnerable to a variety of cross-layer attacks on their intrinsic features. For instance, an adversary can infer users location using malicious apps without requiring permissions, or by exploiting the physical layer characteristics. I will also provide evidence that the Tor anonymity network is also subject to active attacks, and present a framework that identifies malicious relays. I will then discuss the result of the use of the framework, revealing over 100 malicious relays.

Guevara Noubir is a Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. He received a PhD is Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL 1996) and an engineering diploma (MS) from École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées at Grenoble (ENSIMAG 1991).

Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University, he was a senior research scientist at CSEM SA (Switzerland) where he led several research projects in the area of wireless and mobile networking. In particular, he contributed to the definition of the third generation Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) standardized as 3GPP WCDMA and was the lead of the Data Networking Stack for the first 3G demonstrator in the world (as part of the FRAMES EU Research Project). In 2013, Noubir led Northeastern University’s team in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge competition winning the 2013 Cooperative Challenge. Dr Noubir held visiting research positions at Eurecom, MIT, and UNL.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, and a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. He serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM Transaction on Privacy and Security, and co-chaired several ACM and IEEE conferences in the fields of mobile, wireless, and security (ACM WiSec, IEEE CNS, IEEE SECON, IEEE WoWMoM).

His research covers both theoretical and practical aspects of secure and robust wireless and mobile systems. His current interests include leveraging mechanisms such as social networking authentication and low power ZigBee, to secure residential broadband networks, and boosting the robustness of wireless systems against smart attacks.

The host of this Distinguished Visiting Fellow is Dr Paul Patras

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