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How hackers use sound to unlock the secrets of your front door key

25 August 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Security

 

A group of security researchers from the department of computer science at the National University of Singapore has created an attack model they call SpiKey to determine the key shape that will open any tumbler lock.

Soundarya Ramesh, Harini Ramprasad and Jun Han are the talented hackers behind SpiKey, which they say "significantly lowers the bar for an attacker," when compared to a more traditional lock-picking attack. The theoretical methodology is deceptively simple, listening for the sound of the key as it moves past tumbler pins in turn when the key is inserted in the lock.

The Singapore hackers use a simple smartphone to record the sound of the key being inserted, and withdrawn, with a smartphone and then observe the time between each tumbler pin click using their custom key reverse-engineering application. This forms the secret of the key, the fine-grained bitting depths which, the researchers report, can differ by as little as 15 milli-inches, or 0.381 millimeters.

"As SpiKey infers the shape of the key, it is inherently robust against anti-picking features in modern locks," the research paper states, "and grants multiple entries without leaving any traces."

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Asian Institute of Digital Finance to fund three NUS Computing research projects

19 August 2020 Department of Computer Science , Department of Information Systems & Analytics , Faculty , Research , Systems & Networking , Security , FinTech , Intelligent Systems

 

19 August 2020 – The Asian Institute of Digital Finance (AIDF) will be funding three research projects by NUS Computing Associate Professors He Bingsheng, Huang Ke-Wei and Liang Zhenkai.

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Enhancing digital privacy by hiding images from AI

02 July 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

2 July 2020 – In one second, the human eye can only scan through a few photographs. Computers, on the other hand, are capable of performing billions of calculations in the same amount of time. With the explosion of social media...

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Restore privacy with visual distortion

01 July 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , News Media , Security

 

New research by a team of NUS Computing professors is promising to restore privacy to individuals by making their online images unrecognisable to even the most advanced facial recognition technologies.

Led by Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Dean of NUS Computing, the research team from NUS Computer Science has developed a technique that safeguards sensitive information in photos by making subtle changes that are almost imperceptible to humans, but render selected features undetectable by known algorithms.

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More options for NSF cyber specialists as Mindef and NUS tie-up for new work-learn programme

01 June 2020 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) who are cyber specialists can now take modules from NUS Computing’s Information Security programme, after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a new Work-Learn Programme by Dean Mohan Kankanhalli and Defence Cyber Chief Brigadier-General Mark Tan.

The academic credits earned in the programme can be counted towards a full degree.

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Making Bitcoin Safer — By Breaking It

25 November 2019 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Security

In Greek mythology, Erebus is the primeval god of darkness, son of Chaos. It’s also the region of the underworld, where souls pass through after dying. The word is so evocative of gloom and shadows that naming one of the most dangerous types of Bitcoin attacks after it seems only fitting.

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Two Computer Science PhD students receive prestigious Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship

19 November 2019 Department of Computer Science , Student , Security , Database

19 November 2019 – Computer Science PhD students Tran Duc Muoi and Wang Taining were conferred the 2019 Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) Fellowship on 8 November. Muoi and Taining received their award at MSRA’s Academic Day 2019 event held at the MSRA headquarters in Beijing, China.

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Computer Science PhD student receives ACM MM 2019 Best Student Paper Award

06 November 2019 Department of Computer Science , Student , Security , Media

6 November 2019 – Computer Science PhD student Shen Zhiqi received the Best Student Paper award at the ACM Multimedia (ACM MM) 2019 conference held from 21 to 25 October this year in Nice, France.

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NUS Computing alumnus receives prestigious research grant

27 August 2018 Department of Computer Science , Alum , Algorithms & Theory , Security

 

27 August 2018 – NUS Computing alumnus Dr Yao Penghui was awarded the Thousand Talents Plan for Young Researchers, a prestigious research grant initiated by the Chinese government, on 8 February this year.

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Blockchain gets better: moving beyond Bitcoin

24 August 2018 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Research , Feature , Algorithms & Theory , Systems & Networking , Security

Steeped in every culture since the beginning of time are legendary figures of mythical proportions. The Greeks and Romans had Hercules, the Celts had King Arthur, and the Chinese had Sun Wukong. The tech world we live in today is no exception, and one figure that looms large is Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Assistant Professor Reza Shokri wins prestigious award for privacy research

02 August 2018 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Algorithms & Theory , Artificial Intelligence , Security

 

2 August 2018 – Assistant Professor Reza Shokri was conferred the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies at the annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, held from 24 to 26 July 2018.

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Singapore to offer dedicated accelerator for cybersecurity startups

06 March 2018 Department of Computer Science , News Media , Security

A new accelerator, called the Innovation Cyber Security Ecosystem at Block 71 (ICE71), will be available for young companies focused on building cybersecurity products and services. The new facility is an extension of an existing partnership between NUS and Singtel, which jointly set up the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory in October 2016.

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NUS and Singtel establish the Cyber Security Research and Development Lab

25 October 2016 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Security

 

25 October 2016 - NUS and local telecommunications company Singtel have jointly launched the $42.8 million NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory that will facilitate the research and development of solutions to cope with cyber threats.

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NUS Greyhats wins 7th Singapore Cyber Conquest

14 October 2016 Department of Computer Science , Student , Security

 

14 October 2016 – NUS Greyhats, a special interest group at NUS Computing that aims to spark students' interest in information security and advance the level of security proficiency, won the 7th Singapore Cyber Conquest and also secured three other top ten positions at the competition.

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NUS launches Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium

13 October 2016 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Security

 

13 October 2016 - The Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium (SGCSC) was recently launched at NUS to promote greater awareness and application of cybersecurity technologies among the public, security professionals and researchers.

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Consortia for cybersecurity, synthetic biology launched

21 September 2016 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , Security

 

21 September 2016 – Two new consortia, the Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium (SGSC) and the Singapore Consortium for Synthetic Biology (SINERGY), hosted at NUS and supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, have been launched to promote research, commercialisation and training in cybersecurity and synthetic biology.

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National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory at NUS School of Computing to be ready by end-2016

14 January 2016 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

 

The National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory, which will be set up by the security research group at the NUS School of Computing, will be operational by the end of this year.

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Joining hands for cybersecurity

13 January 2016 Department of Computer Science , Faculty , News Media , Security

 

The University has been awarded almost $1 million through three NUS Computing and NUS Mechanical Engineering projects, which aim to create a more resilient global cyberspace, under the inaugural Singapore-UK Joint Grant Call for Cybersecurity Research.

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NUS Greyhats sweep Singapore Cyber Conquest 2015

22 October 2015 Department of Computer Science , Student , Security

 

22 October 2015 – NUS Computing students have once again swept the top positions at the Singapore Cyber Conquest, which was held on 6th October 2015, in conjunction with GovWare 2015. Bettering last year’s feat, this year, four NUS Computing teams competed against 31 other teams to clinch the top four positions at the annual cyber security contest organised by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA).

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