The Digital Edition
April 9th 2021
On the 9th of April 2021, the first virtual edition of Awesome IT will be held. Join us for a day of informative and inspiring talks from experts in a wide range of IT-related fields.
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Veelasha Moonsamy is a tenured research faculty at the Systems Security chair at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Digital Security group at Radboud University and was briefly affiliated with the Software Systems group at Utrecht University in 2018. She received her PhD degree in 2015 from Deakin University (Australia). Her thesis was titled ‘Security and Privacy of Users’ Personal Information on Smartphones’. Her research interests revolves around security and privacy on mobile devices, in particular side- and covert-channel attacks, malware detection, and mitigation of information leaks at application and hardware level.
Talk: Security and Privacy for smart mobile devices
Side-channel attacks on mobile devices have gained increasing attention since their introduction in 2007. While traditional side-channel attacks, such as power analysis attacks and electromagnetic analysis attacks, required physical presence of the attacker as well as expensive equipment, an (unprivileged) application is all it takes to exploit the leaking information on modern mobile devices. Given the vast amount of sensitive information that are stored on smartphones, the ramifications of side-channel attacks affect both the security and privacy of users and their devices. I will present our work on how an adversary can exploit side-channel information, in this case power from the phone battery, to maliciously control a public charging station in order to exfiltrate data from a smartphone via a USB charging cable (i.e. without using the data transfer functionality).
Domain: Cybersecurity, Privacy