As part of the event, Selcuk Uluagac, assistant professor at the College of Engineering & Computing and director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Security Lab, led three cybersecurity demonstrations. Joined by doctoral students Amit Kumar Sikder, Leonardo Babun and Abbas Acar, the team showed how hackers can abuse smart devices.
In the first demonstration, Sikder showed a sensor-based attack using a smartwatch and a smartphone; he discussed how current malware tools or protection mechanisms do not recognize threats in malicious apps and how information can be leaked by sensors found in smart devices from one device to another. Hackers can use specific light patterns to hack into smart devices and obtain banking information, social media passwords and more.
Another demonstration by Babun, showed how SaINT, an analysis tool, can detect when sensitive information from Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as smart locks, smart bulbs and smart switches can be leaked. The best part is that the tool can be used by anyone, even those without programming experience.
The final presentation by Acar, demonstrated how motion sensors on wearable smart devices can act to support continuous authentication – a method that can continuously verify the identity of the user throughout the time a user is accessing a network or using an application. The motion sensors on wearable smart devices can record the pattern and the way a user types on the keyboard to ensure the user is the real user and not a hacker.
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