Transportation and Infrastructure

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Transportation and Infrastructure Research

Every day, people interact with hundreds of computer systems without realising. Many of these are components in our infrastructure, such as onboard trains, planes and cars, or at a larger scale, in power grids or satellites. Whilst safe design is common in these systems, security is a newer challenge especially since hardware is often deployed and left in use for many years. As infrastructure continues to increase its usage of connectivity and potential attackers improve their capabilities, security becomes ever more important. Our research identifies security vulnerabilities and countermeasures in a range of infrastructure systems, primarily looking at the automotive, satellite and aviation domains.

  • James Pavur
  • Richard Baker
  • Matt Smith
  • Sebastian Kohler


A Tale of Sea and Sky: On the Security of Maritime VSAT Communications

James Pavur, Daniel Moser, Martin Strohmeier, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

2020 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P). May 2020.

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A View from the Cockpit: Exploring Pilot Reactions to Attacks on Avionic Systems

Matthew Smith, Martin Strohmeier, Jon Harman, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

The Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). February 2020.

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Losing the Car Keys: Wireless PHY-Layer Insecurity in EV Charging

Richard Baker, Ivan Martinovic.

28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 19). 2019.

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Classi-Fly: Inferring Aircraft Categories from Open Data

Martin Strohmeier, Matthew Smith, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

arXiv preprint arXiv:1908.01061. August 2019.

OpenSky Report 2019: Analysing TCAS in the Real World using Big Data

Matthias Schäfer, Xavier Olive, Martin Strohmeier, Matthew Smith, Ivan Martinovic, Vincent Lenders.

2019 IEEE/AIAA 38th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC). September 2019.

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On the Applicability of Satellite-based Air Traffic Control Communication for Security

Martin Strohmeier, Daniel Moser, Matthias Schäfer, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

IEEE Communications Magazine. September 2019.

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Safety vs. Security: Attacking Avionic Systems with Humans in the Loop

Matthew Smith, Martin Strohmeier, Jon Harman, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

arXiv preprint arXiv:1905.08039. May 2019.

EMPower: Detecting Malicious Power Line Networks from EM Emissions

Richard Baker, Ivan Martinovic.

IFIP International Conference on ICT Systems Security and Privacy Protection. 2018.

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OpenSky Report 2018: Assessing the Integrity of Crowdsourced Mode S and ADS-B Data

Matthias Schäfer, Martin Strohmeier, Matthew Smith, Markus Fuchs, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), 2018 IEEE/AIAA 37th. September 2018.

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Undermining Privacy in the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS)

Matthew Smith, Daniel Moser, Martin Strohmeier, Ivan Martinovic, Vincent Lenders.

18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2018). July 2018.

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Utilizing Air Traffic Communications for OSINT on State and Government Aircraft

Martin Strohmeier, Matthew Smith, Daniel Moser, Matthias Schäfer, Vincent Lenders, Ivan Martinovic.

Cyber Conflict (CYCON), 2018 10th International Conference on. May 2018.

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