Half the battle in security and privacy research is often developing the right tools to measure and analyze — whether that’s accurately measuring human behaviors online, analyzing and quantifying the risk associated with certain data sharing practices, or measuring the economy of anonymous online marketplaces, among other examples. CyLab researchers are working towards developing these measurement and analysis tools to help identify the status of products or services, and where the problems are that need to be addressed.
- censorship resistance and measurement
- measurements of fraud, malware, spam
- risk analysis and management
- security and privacy economics
- security policy and regulation
- threat analysis and modeling
- threat intelligence
- usable privacy and security
As advertised? Exposing lies about VPN locations
CyLab researchers figured out a way to approximate actual locations of VPN servers based on the amount of time it took for a server in the unknown location to send a packet of data to a server in a known location—generally referred to as “ping time.”
Ads, cookies, and the European privacy regulation
Their findings were presented at the Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon conference held last month in Washington, D.C.
Christin conducts first comprehensive study of dark web economyCyLab's Nicolas Christin conducted the first comprehensive study of the size of the dark web economy. He found that the number of sellers on Silk Road's anonymous underground online marketplace, which deals with everything from cocaine to ecstasy, nearly doubled over the period of about six months, with total sales topping nearly $2 million per month.