InfoSec Seminar: Measuring and Mitigating Security and Privacy Issues on Android Applications

Speaker: Lucky Onwuzurike

Date/Time: 15-Nov-2018, 16:00 UTC

Venue: Robert 3.09

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Abstract

Over time, the increasing popularity of the Android operating system (OS) has resulted in its user-base surging past 1 billion unique devices. As a result, cybercriminals and other non-criminal actors are attracted to the OS due to the amount of user information they can access, its open-nature, distribution network, etc. Due to the ever-changing nature of the Android ecosystem and the arms race involved in detecting and mitigating malicious applications, it is important to continuously examine the ecosystem for security and privacy issues. In this talk, I will present our research contributions in this space, which investigates two application characteristics: vulnerable and malicious. The first part of the talk focuses on measuring vulnerabilities in applications that are due to poor implementation of security and privacy protocols, which when exploited, results in a compromise of users’ security or privacy. While the second part discusses our work on the detection of applications that are intentionally designed to act maliciously.

Bio

Lucky Onwuzurike recently submitted and defended his PhD thesis titled: “Measuring and Mitigating Security and Privacy Issues on Android Applications”, which was supervised by Dr. Emiliano De Cristofaro. He also received secondary supervision from Dr. Gianluca Stringhini. Lucky’s research interests include: Android security, network security, and security and privacy-related measurements on online social networks. Prior to starting his PhD, he obtained an MSc in Information Security at UCL and a BEng in Computer Engineering at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

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