CIS 5374 : Information Security and Privacy
Autumn 2020


Instructor:
  Bogdan Carbunar
  Office: ECS 383
  E-mail: carbunar at cs dot fiu dot edu

Lectures:
  Zoom (former CASE 132): Mondays 17:00-19:30

Web page: http://www.cs.fiu.edu/~carbunar/teaching/cis5374/cis5374.2020/cis5374.html


Announcements

[Posted on Friday June 12, 2020]: Web page is up! First class will be on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Course Overview

In the first half of this course we will cover several concepts of privacy and security that include: In the second half, the course will consist of student presentations. Each student will choose a research paper from a list that I will make publicly available in the near future.

Textbooks

We will use mainly the following materials:

Note that you should not view the availability of lecture notes as a substitute for attending class: our discussion in class may deviate somewhat from the written material, and you should take your own notes as well.


Lectures

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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Topic Readings
1 Aug 24 Class overview; Introduction
2 Aug 31 Secret Splitting and Secret Sharing
3 Sep 7 Class canceled   Labour day.
4 Sep 14 Merkle Trees   Presentation advice: [pdf]
5 Sep 21 Bitcoin and Blockchains
6 Sep 28 Bitcoin and Blockchains
7 Oct 5 Anonymous Communications
8 Oct 12 TBA
9 Oct 19 TBA Advice for student presentations [pdf]
10 Oct 26 Student Paper Presentations The Privacy Policy Landscape After the GDPR. Presented by Zhihao Wang.
11 Nov 2 Student Paper Presentations NoMoATS: Towards Automatic Detection of Mobile Tracking. Presented by Wei Song.
12 Nov 9 Student Paper Presentations Identifying Influential Spreaders in a Social Network (While Preserving Privacy). Presented by Qiang Yue.
The Price is (Not) Right: Comparing Privacy in Free and Paid Apps. Catherine Han, Irwin Reyes, Álvaro Feal, Joel Reardon, Primal Wijesekera, Presented by Taufik Iqbal Ramdhani.
13 Nov 16 Student Paper Presentations Smart Devices in Airbnbs: Considering Privacy and Security for both Guests and Hosts. Shrirang Mare, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno. To be presented by Veronica Ortega.
Inferring Tracker-Advertiser Relationships in the Online Advertising Ecosystem using Header Bidding. Presented by Erick Garcia.
14 Nov 23 Student Paper Presentations Usage Patterns of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies. Presented by Marc Roger.
MoneyMorph: Censorship Resistant Rendezvous using Permissionless Cryptocurrencies. Presented by Julio Arango.
15 Nov 30 Final Revision
16 TBA Final Exam Date, time and place TBA

Suggested Publications for Class Presentations

  • Emotional and Practical Considerations Towards the Adoption and Abandonment of VPNs as a Privacy-Enhancing Technology. Moses Namara, Daricia Wilkinson, Kelly Caine, and Bart P. Knijnenburg. [pdf]. To be presented by Sylvanna Loo.

  • Smart Devices in Airbnbs: Considering Privacy and Security for both Guests and Hosts. Shrirang Mare, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno. [pdf]. Assigned to Veronica Ortega.

  • The Privacy Policy Landscape After the GDPR. Thomas Linden, Rishabh Khandelwal, Hamza Harkous, and Kassem Fawaz. [pdf]. To be presented by Zhihao Wang.

  • Inferring Tracker-Advertiser Relationships in the Online Advertising Ecosystem using Header Bidding. John Cook, Rishab Nithyanand, and Zubair Shafiq. [pdf]. To be presented by Erick Garcia.

  • Identifying Influential Spreaders in a Social Network (While Preserving Privacy). Varsha Bhat Kukkala and S.R.S Iyengar. [pdf]. To be presented by Qiang Yue.

  • The Price is (Not) Right: Comparing Privacy in Free and Paid Apps. Catherine Han, Irwin Reyes, Álvaro Feal, Joel Reardon, Primal Wijesekera, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Amit Elazari, Kenneth A. Bamberger, and Serge Egelman. [pdf]. To be presented by Taufik Iqbal Ramdhani.

  • MoneyMorph: Censorship Resistant Rendezvous using Permissionless Cryptocurrencies. Mohsen Minaei, Pedro Moreno-Sanchez, and Aniket Kate. [pdf]. To be presented by Julio Arango.

  • Usage Patterns of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies. Kovila P.L. Coopamootoo. [pdf]. To be presented by Marc Roger.

  • NoMoATS: Towards Automatic Detection of Mobile Tracking. Anastasia Shuba and Athina Markopoulou. [pdf]. To be presented by Wei Song.

    Grading Summary

    Your final grade will be computed as follows (subject to change)


    Collaboration and Academic Integrity Policy

    Homeworks are to be done individually, on your own (not in groups). The project(s) will be done in groups.

    For homeworks, you must always write up the solutions on your own. Similarly, you may use references to help solve homework problems, but you must write up the solution on your own and cite your sources. You may not share written work or programs with anyone else.

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