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Paper accepted to the Journal of Computer Security

Extension of our “Wiretapping via Mimicry” paper from CCS 2014:

Short Voice Imitation Man-in-the-Middle Attacks on Crypto Phones: Defeating Humans and Machines
Maliheh Shirvanian, Dibya Mukhopadhyay and Nitesh Saxena
In  Journal of Computer Security (JCS), 2017.


Paper accepted to PKC 2018

Two-Factor Authentication with End-to-End Password Security.
Stanislaw Jarecki, Hugo Krawczyk, Maliheh Shirvanian and Nitesh Saxena
In International Conference on Practice and Theory of Public Key Cryptography (PKC), March 2018.


Paper accepted to CODASPY 2018

Keyboard Emanations in Remote Voice Calls: Password Leakage and Noise(less) Masking Defenses.
Abhishek Anand and Nitesh Saxena
In ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY), March 2018..


Paper accepted to Oakland 2018

Congratulations to the SPIES team for “securing” a paper at the top conference in security.  A comprehensive demonstration of a hard negative result: mobile motion sensors may not pose a threat to speech privacy, unlike claimed by recent prominent work (e.g., Gyrophone).

Speechless: Analyzing the Threat to Speech Privacy from Smartphone Motion Sensors. Abhishek Anand, and Nitesh Saxena. In IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P; Oakland), May 2018.


Paper accepted to ACSAC 2017

Great conference, acceptance rate 19.7% (48/244):

On the Pitfalls of End-to-End Encrypted Communications: A Study of Remote Key-Fingerprint Verification.
Maliheh Shirvanian, Nitesh Saxena and Jesvin James George.
In Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), December 2017; arXiv preprint arXiv:1707.05285, 2017/7/17.


Journal paper accepted to ACM CSUR

A comprehensive survey paper on the nuts and bolts of the security of wearable computing. ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) is a reputed venue publishing comprehensive, readable tutorials and survey papers that give guided tours through the literature and explain topics to those who seek to learn the basics of areas outside their specialties.

  • An Offensive and Defensive Exposition of Wearable Computing
    Prakash Shrestha and Nitesh Saxena
    In ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), 2017.


Most recent SPIES graduate

Ajaya Neupane is the most recent PhD. graduate of the SPIES lab. Groundbreaking research (top-tier papers, NDSS14 best paper, NIJ/DoJ fellow). He is taking on a post-doctoral research scientist position at UC Riverside, working on UCR/CMU/PSU CyberSecurity Research Alliance project funded by ARL.

Congratulations and very best wishes for a bright future :-)




Two papers accepted to CCS 2017


The SPIES lab and collaborators have two papers accepted to ACM CCS 2017. Extremely fierce competition with only 151 papers making it to the program out of 836 submissions (an acceptance of just about 18%).



Journal paper accepted to TDSC

TDSC is a top journal in the area.

Emerging-Image Motion CAPTCHAs: Vulnerabilities of Existing Designs, and Countermeasures
Song Gao, Manar Mohamed, Nitesh Saxena, and Chengcui Zhang
In IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), 2017.



SPIES research wins high school student accolades


Summer-VoSummer Vo, a high school student from the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA),  who worked with Dr. Saxena and Maliheh Shirvanian on security research this past entire year, won the third place at the 2017 Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CARSEF) in the Computer Science and Mathematics category.  At the same competition, she was awarded the INTEL Excellence in Computer Science Outstanding Achievement. 

Summer is joining the MIT EECS program this Fall, majoring in Computer Science.

Congratulations on all round great achievements!

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