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ICS Researchers Introduce Thermanator, Revealing a New Threat to Using Keyboards to Enter Passwords and Other Sensitive Information

A thermal image of “iloveyou” 20 seconds after entry.

After entering a password, your regular computer keyboard might appear to look the same as always, but a new approach harvesting thermal energy can illuminate the recently pressed keys, revealing that keyboard-based password entry is even less secure than previously thought. Computer Science Ph.D. students Tyler Kaczmarek and Ercan Ozturk in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), working with Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik, have exploited thermal residue from human fingertips to introduce a new insider attack — the Thermanator.

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Gene Tsudik, Two Computer Science Ph.D. Students Develop Novel De-Authentication Prototype

Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik and two of his Ph.D. students, Tyler Kaczmarek and Ercan Ozturk, have developed a novel technique aimed at mitigating “Lunchtime Attacks.” Such attacks occur when an insider adversary takes over an authenticated state of a careless user who has left his or her computer unattended. Tsudik, Kaczmarek and Ozturk have come up with an unobtrusive and continuous biometic-based “de-authentication,” i.e., a means of quickly terminating the secure session of a previously authenticated user after detecting that user’s absence. They introduce the new biometric, called Assentication, in a paper appearing at the 2018 International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS).

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Gene Tsudik, ICS Exchange Students on International Team Studying Information Leakage

In a paper to appear at the 2018 European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), a team of researchers from UC Irvine, New York Institute of Technology and University of Padova (Italy) reveal a new attack: Secret Information Leakage from Keystroke Timing Videos (SILK-TV). The UCI researchers include Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik and undergrad exchange students Martin Georgiev and Nikita Samarian.

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C-SPAN: “Election Hacking and the Future of Politics”

James Carville, campaign strategist for former President Bill Clinton, was the keynote speaker at a conference on U.S. election hacking. He discussed foreign interference in U.S. elections and the impact on the future of politics. Cybersecurity expert Bryan Cunningham, a former senior CIA officer and White House lawyer, moderated the conversation and questions from students.

Watch the video at c-span.org.

LA Times: “2016 election controversy will be ‘studied forever,’ says James Carville, Bill Clinton’s ex-campaign manager, in UCI talk”

James Carville, a Democratic political strategist who was Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign manager in 1992, gave a wide-ranging keynote address Tuesday at UC Irvine on topics including suspected Russian government meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.

“Cyber Risk Insurance: How to Live With It Because You Can No Longer Live Without It” March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

In 2017, costs linked to just ransomware attacks worldwide were estimated to exceed $5 Billion, up from $325 Million in 2015. Cyber attacks are a dangerous growth industry and none are immune from risk. Defending against an attack is necessary, but is imprecise, uncertain, and rarely sufficient to stave off liabilities. Insuring against loss from an attack is now a necessary safeguard. We are all targets.

You’re invited to a complimentary program presented by UCI and Newmeyer & Dillion. The evening will commence with a social hour including appetizers, beer, wine & soft drinks. Immediately following join panel members in a salon style discussion moderated by Mr. Bryan Cunningham, Esq. Executive Director of the UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute (CPRI).

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