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April 28, 2020 / by Giulio Lovisotto /

'Seeing Red' accepted to 15th IEEE Computer Vision Society Workshop on Biometrics.

Our paper “Seeing Red: PPG Biometrics Using Smartphone Cameras” has been accepted to 15th IEEE Computer Vision Society Workshop on Biometrics!

You can find code and a description of the work on our group Github page.

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May 07, 2020 / by Matt Smith /

OpenSky Network Data used in Bank of England Coronavirus Report

Today, the Bank of England (BoE) included analysis based on OpenSky Network data in their Monetary Policy Report and Interim Financial Stability Report for May 2020. The report looks at the economic impact of Coronavirus, covering a wide range of sectors. Our data contributed to their analysis on air traffic patterns since the start of the pandemic, considering airports from across the world.

We are proud to be both a feeder and an active member of the OpenSky community, with Prof. Ivan Martinovic being on the Advisory Board.

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August 05, 2020 / by Matt Smith /

SSL at Blackhat and DEF CON

SSL are out in force at both Black Hat and DEF CON this year, with a range of talks on satellite and aviation security.

James Pavur will be giving talks both at Black Hat and DEF CON, covering his work on satellite eavesdropping attacks. You can find him online at Black Hat on Wednesday 6th August at 12:30 PM PST. His DEF CON talk is live already, and he has a live Q&A later that day at 10:30 AM PST.

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November 02, 2020 / by Jordan Summers /

SSL creates Oxford's 200th spinout company PhishAR

The University of Oxford, through its research commercialisation arm Oxford University Innovation, has created its 200th company based on academic research, PhishAR.

PhishAR builds on the work of Professor Ivan Martinovic and Dr Ivo Sluganovic from Oxford’s Department of Computer Science, and employs augmented reality to crack down on “phishing”, an online scamming technique which fools a user into handing over their digital security credentials and other sensitive information, such as personal data or credit card details.

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November 09, 2020 / by Jordan Summers /

SSL member Klaudia Krawiecka wins awards at Data Science for All

SSL’s own Klaudia Krawiecka, along with fellow Department of Computer Science and OxWoCS member Alina Petrova, are part of a team which has won two awards at the Data Science for All’s Women’s Summit, held virtually in October. In order to participate, Klaudia and Alina had to become Data Science Fellows by passing an interview and a machine learning test.

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February 24, 2021 / by Jordan Summers /

Papers accepted to IEEE S&P and USENIX

SSL is proud to be represented at both IEEE Security & Privacy and the USENIX Security Symposium this year.

Freddie Barr-Smith will be presenting his paper (co-authored with Xabier Ugarte-Pedrero, Mariano Graziano, former SSL member Riccardo Spolaor and SSL head Ivan Martinovic) on “Survivalism: Systematic Analysis of Windows Malware Living-Off-The-Land” at IEEE S&P 2021, which runs from 23-27 May; and at the USENIX Security Symposium, held on 11-13 August, Giulio Lovisotto will be presenting “SLAP: Improving Physical Adversarial Examples with Short-Lived Adversarial Peturbations.” This has been co-authored with SSL’s Henry Turner, Ivo Sluganovic and Ivan Martinovic, as well as SSL alumnus Martin Strohmeier.

Both conferences will be taking place virtually and videos will be posted here when available.

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July 13, 2021 / by Jordan Summers /

Paper accepted to TOPS and Best Paper at CPSS

SSL is proud to announce two recent achievements:

Paper accepted to TOPS

We were recently notified of the acceptance of our paper “#PrettyFlyForAWiFi: Real-World Detection of Privacy Invasion Attacks by Drones” (Simon Birnbach, Richard Baker, Simon Eberz, Ivan Martinovic) to the ACM’s Transactions on Privacy and Security journal.

Best Paper Award at CPSS’21

Our paper “You talkin’ to me? Exploring Practical Attacks on Controller Pilot Data Link Communications” (Joshua Smailes, Daniel Moser, Matthew Smith, Martin Strohmeier, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic) won best paper at the Cyber-Physical System Security Workshop, held in conjunction with ACM AsiaCCS virtually in June 2021.

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July 19, 2021 / by Jordan Summers /

Papers accepted to EuroUSEC and USENIX

We are proud to report that we have two conference papers accepted:

’Plug-and-Play: Framework for Remote Experimentation in Cyber Security’ (Klaudia Krawiecka, Jack Sturgess, Alina Petrova, Ivan Martinovic) has been accepted to the European Symposium on Usable Security (EuroUSEC 2021), which will take place virtually on 11-12 October. We will link to the open access version of the paper when available.

In addition, visiting researcher/SSL alumna Bushra AlAhmadi and the Computer Science department’s Louise Axon have received confirmation of the acceptance of their paper ’99% False Positives: A Qualitative Study of SOC Analysts’ Perspectives on Security Alarms’ to the 31st USENIX Security Symposium in 2022 - more details to come.

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December 09, 2021 / by Richard Baker /

Simon Birnbach successfully defends thesis

We’re proud to announce that SSL DPhil student Simon Birnbach today successfully defended his thesis entitled “Ubiquitous Sensing for Security in Smart Homes”.

Many congratulations indeed!

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