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Dr. Cong Wang receives the Mark Weiser Best Paper Award

The Computer Science Department would like to congratulate Cong, who just received the Mark Weiser Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication (PerCom).

PerCom is one of the best conferences in pervasive computing. It is very competitive, with an acceptance ratio as low as 16.5% in this year. This work reports a newfound vulnerability on smartphones due to the malicious use of sensor data, where the attacker can sniff mobile APPs, i.e., infer what APPs have been installed on the user's mobile device and when they are used, by realtime analysis of magnetometer data along with motion sensor data using deep learning techniques. The accuracy can be as high as 98%. It eventually allows attackers to detect that, e.g., a Bank of America APP is opened and subsequently capture the username and password.

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