Cybersecurity Lecture Series Wei Meng

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Location: Klaus 1116 West

Meet academic and industry leaders for intimate discussions about new cyber threats, trends and technologies.

The Cybersecurity Lecture Series is a free, open-to-the-public lecture from a thought leader who is advancing the field of information security and privacy. Invited speakers include executives and researchers from private companies, government agencies, start-up incubators as well as Georgia Tech faculty and students presenting their research.

Held weekly each Friday at Noon through Apr. 21, lectures are open to all -- students, faculty, industry, government, or simply the curious. Graduate students may register for credit under seminar course CS-8001-INF.

Complimentary lunch provided for registered guests. Please bring your own beverage.

Featuring Wei Meng on Feb. 17, 2017
"Worse Than You Thought: New Security and Privacy Threats Posted by Online Tracking"

ABSTRACT | When we browse a website, data about us is collected and used by the website we directly visit, and by many we do not. Although the flexibility of integrating content from different parties enables the easy creation of rich and dynamic content, it may put users' online data at risk. The collected data is usually used to provide us with personalized experience. On the other hand, such data may be used in ways that are out of our control.

In this talk I will first describe two new threats that compromise the integrity and privacy of collected user data caused by the abuses of embedding third-party content. The first threat pollutes the collected user data to influence what we see; the second threat leaks information about who we are from what we see to unauthorized party. I will then present TrackMeOrNot, a system that provides end users with better control of online tracking. A user can express the content that is sensitive to her or him. TrackMeOrNot uses an anonymous browsing profile to intelligently and automatically hide the user's sensitive browsing activity from online trackers.

BIO | Wei Meng is a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, advised by Prof. Wenke Lee. He received his Bachelor's of Engineering in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 2012. Meng studies web security and privacy and has published several research papers in top venues. His doctoral research shows how personalization and online tracking can be abused to compromise the integrity and privacy of personal data. He was one of the top-10 finalists in the applied research competition of New York University's Cyber Security Awareness Week '16 for his recent work about online tracking.
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By: College of Computing at Georgia Tech

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