CyLab researchers propose new rules for Internet fairness
Just weeks after a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers showed that Google’s new congestion control algorithm (CCA) was giving an unfair advantage to its own traffic over services using legacy algorithms, the same team has proposed new guidelines on how future algorithms should be developed.
CMU women prominent among Rising Stars 2019
Women from Carnegie Mellon University outnumbered those from every other institution at Rising Stars 2019, an annual workshop for early-career women in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. Two women from CyLab also won two of the four prizes in the workshop’s Research Pitch Competition.
CyLab releases 2018-2019 Year-In-Review
CyLab has just released its 2018-2019 Year-In-Review. Inside the publication, readers can find highlight CyLab events, select publications CyLab staff, faculty, and students have published and presented at a variety of conferences, and other notable activities and highlights from the past year.
CMU researchers find Google’s new congestion control algorithm does not treat data fairly
New research out of Carnegie Mellon shows that a new congestion control algorithm called BBR, developed by Google, can be unfair competing with other services in overloaded networks. Those findings are being presented this week at the Internet Measurement Conference in Amsterdam.
New tool gives researchers a better look at online anonymous marketplaces
In a study presented at the Knowledge Discovery and Data (KDD) Mining Conference, Xiao Hui Tai teamed up with two other researchers to develop an algorithm that will help law enforcement agencies crack down on illicit products being sold on online anonymous marketplaces.
CyLab’s Corina Pasareanu and colleagues receive $1.2 million grant to develop automated bug-finding techniques
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, UC-Berkeley, and UC-Santa Barbara to develop automated bug-detection and repair techniques that work at large scales.
When privacy and the arts collide
Sophie Calle is a French artist who often blurs the lines between life and her art. What if Calle knew how to code, and take advantage of our personal data to create an even more personalized, privacy-intrusive form of art? That’s something CyLab’s Maggie Oates has been exploring.
Apps are rife with privacy compliance issues, and here’s some evidence
A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Fordham University recently created the Mobile App Privacy System (MAPS), a tool that uses natural language processing, machine learning, and code analysis to identify potential privacy compliance issues by inspecting apps’ privacy policies and code.
Security and privacy need to be easy
In 2005, Carnegie Mellon hosted a first-of-its-kind conference that brought together researchers from dozens of universities and companies around the world with one mission: make privacy and security tools easier to use. That conference, the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), is holding its 15th annual meeting next month. SOUPS, as well as the entire usable privacy and security field, have deep roots at CMU.
$5M Knight Foundation Investment creates center to fight online disinformation
Carnegie Mellon University today announced the creation of a new research center dedicated to the study of online disinformation and its effects on democracy, funded by a $5 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The new center will bring together researchers from within the institution and across the country.
NSF awards $1.2M to create a digital assistant to answer people’s privacy questions
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1.2 million grant to a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Fordham University, and Penn State University to develop a tool—a “privacy assistant”—that will allow users to simply ask questions about the privacy issues that matter to them.
Malicious social media bots tried, but failed, to diminish NATO during its 2018 exercise
A new study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers illustrates how fake news was spread on Twitter by bots during NATO’s 2018 Trident Juncture Exercise. The study is being presented this week at the 2019 SBP-BRiMS conference in Washington, D.C.
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BUYER UNAWARE: Security and privacy rarely considered before buying IoT devices
In a study presented at the ACM CHI conference in Glasgow earlier this month, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab found that security and privacy risks may not be on the list of considerations when consumers purchase new IoT devices.
First round of Secure and Private IoT Initiative funded projects announced
CyLab’s Secure and Private IoT Initiative (IoT@CyLab) has broken ground as the first round of funded proposals have been announced. Twelve selected projects will be funded for one year, and results will be presented at the IoT@CyLab annual summit next year.
Lorrie Cranor, Brian Kovak Named Andrew Carnegie Fellows
Carnegie Mellon University faculty members Lorrie Cranor and Brian K. Kovak have been named to the 2019 Class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic foundation that has supported the advancement of education and knowledge for more than a century.
CMU women shine at Women in Cybersecurity Conference
Women make up about one-fifth of the national cybersecurity workforce. That statistic, coupled with Carnegie Mellon's accelerating number of women working in the field, may help explain why the annual Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) conference was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University last month.
Achieving provably-secure encryption
Earlier this week, a team consisting of researchers from CyLab released the world's first verifiably secure industrial-strength cryptographic library—a set of code that can be used to protect data and is guaranteed to protect against the most popular classes of cyberattacks.
CMU partners with leading payments company Ripple to accelerate innovation in blockchain & cryptocurrency
Carnegie Mellon University has announced a partnership with Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) to support academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments.
Eight Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff spoke at this week's RSA Conference
Carnegie Mellon had a big showing at this week's RSA Conference in San Francisco with eight faculty and staff members from across the university spoke about topics ranging from security and human behavior to the security of robot-produced code.
CyLab’s Gligor and Woo receive Distinguished Paper Award for breakthrough result on establishing “root of trust”
In a breakthrough study, “Establishing Root of Trust Unconditionally,” CyLab researchers Virgil Gligor and Maverick Woo present a test that can be run on any computing device to show whether the device has been infected with malware or not.
Building a verifiably-secure internet
In security, almost nothing is guaranteed. It's impossible to test the infinite ways a criminal hacker may penetrate a proverbial firewall. But what if, by the laws of mathematics, something could be proven to be secure without running an infinite number of test cases?