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Consumer IoT devices: Privacy Implications and Device Identification

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The consumer Internet of Things (IoT) space has experienced a huge rise in popularity in recent years. Devices such as smart speakers, baby monitors, smart kettles, and smart TVs are appearing in our households around the world while users may be unaware of the risks associated with owning these devices. Why are these devices so cheap and what manufacturers of these devices can learn about our lives? And what might happen if these devices are compromised by an adversary? In this talk, I will first explore what we are invisible trading in exchange for these devices, sharing examples of privacy leakage from the most popular IoT devices in the market. In the second part, I will explore whether it is possible to identify these devices from their traffic by an edge device (i.e. home router) and therefore detect if/when a device is compromised.


Roman Kolcun graduated from Imperial College London from the Adaptive Emergent Systems Engineering group. He continued as a post-doc at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department as well as the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. His research focused on network communication protocols in wireless sensor networks. In November 2018 he joined Dyson School of Design Engineering where he focused his research on the area of the Internet of Thing, especially privacy preservation and device identification. He recently joined the Systems Research Group at the University of Cambridge, where he continues his research of the Internet of Things and edge processing.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group Seminar series.

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