News

June 12, 2024
SpotProxy: Rediscovering the Cloud for Censorship Circumvention (with Patrick Tser Jern Kon, Sina Kamali, Jinyu Pei, Diogo Barradas, Ang Chen, Micah Sherr, and Moti Yung) accepted to USENIX Security (USENIX), 2024.

May 14, 2024
‘I can say I’m John Travolta… but I’m not John Travolt’: Investigating the Impact of Changes to Social Media Verification Policies’ on User Perceptions of Verified Accounts (with Carson Powers, Nickolas Gravel, Christopher Pellegrini, Micah Sherr, Michelle L. Mazurek, and Daniel Votipka) accepted to Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 2024.

May 14, 2024
The Onion Unpeeled: User Perceptions vs. Realities of Tor’s Security and Privacy Properties (Poster) (with Harel Berger, Tianjian Hu, Adam J. Aviv, and Micah Sherr) accepted to Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), 2024.

March, 2024
Ben Ujcich awarded an NSF CAREER award.

January, 2024
Security Challenges of Intent-Based Networking (by Jiwon Kim, Dave (Jing) Tian, Hamed Okhravi, and Benjamin E. Ujcich) accepted to Communications of the ACM (CACM), 2024

December 13, 2023
You can Find me Here: A Study of the Early Adoption of Geofeeds (by Rahel Fainchtein and Micah Sherr) accepted to Passive and Active Measurement Conference, 2024

July 11, 2023
NetShuffle: Circumventing Censorship with Shuffle Proxies at the Edge (by Patrick Tser Jern Kon, Aniket Gattani, Dhiraj Saharia, Tianyu Cao, Diogo Barradas, Ang Chen, Micah Sherr, and Benjamin E. Ujcich) accepted to IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P), 2024

June 23, 2023
Cadence: A Simulator for Human Movement-based Communication Protocols (by Harel Berger, Adam J. Aviv, and Micah Sherr) accepted to Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET), 2023

June 22, 2023
On Precisely Detecting Censorship Circumvention in Real-World Networks (by Ryan Wails, George Arnold Sullivan, Micah Sherr, and Rob Jansen) accepted to Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2024

May 16, 2023
Eigen: End-to-End Resource Optimization for Large-Scale Databases on the Cloud (by Ji You Li, Jiachi Zhang, Wenchao Zhou, Yuhang Liu, Shuai Zhang, Zhuoming Xue, Ding Xu, Hua Fan, Fangyuan Zhou, and Feifei Li) accepted to International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), 2023

May 15, 2023
Proteus: Programmable Protocols for Censorship Circumvention (by Ryan Wails, Rob Jansen, Aaron Johnson, and Micah Sherr) accepted to Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI), 2023.

May 1, 2023
Data-Explainable Website Fingerprinting with Network Simulation (by Rob Jansen and Ryan Wails) accepted to Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs), 2023.”

February 24, 2023
Educators’ Perspectives of Using (or Not Using) Online Exam Proctoring (with David G. Balash, Rahel Fainchtein, Elena Korkes, Miles Grant, Micah Sherr, and Adam Aviv) accepted to USENIX Security 2023.

February 1, 2023
The GU SecLab welcomes Dr. Harel Berger! Harel is a postdoc researcher working on the MARATHON project (see below)

September 9, 2022
DARPA-funded Mobile Adaptive Relay Anti-Totalitarian Human Overlay Network (MARATHON) kicks off, a joint effort between Stealth Software Technologies, The George Washington University, and Georgetown University to build more resilient and censorship-resistant messaging systems

September 2, 2022
User Perceptions of the Privacy and Usability of Smart DNS (with Rahel Fainchtein, Adam Aviv, and Micah Sherr) conditionally accepted (with shepherding) to Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)

April 15, 2022
NSF funds Security and Privacy Implications of Remote Proctoring for School Policies and Practices project, a collaborative effort between SecLab and the GWUSEC lab at George Washington Univ.

April 6, 2022
Learning to Behave: Improving Covert Channel Security with Behavior-Based Designs (with Ryan Wails, Andrew Stange, Eliana Troper, Aylin Caliskan, Roger Dingledine, Rob Jansen, and Micah Sherr) accepted to 22nd Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS)

August 9, 2021
Examining the Examiners: Students’ Privacy and Security Perceptions of Online Proctoring Services (with David Balash, Dongkun Kim, Darika Shaibekova, Rahel A. Fainchtein, and Micah Sherr, and Adam J. Aviv) appears at Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)

July 24, 2021
Accountable Private Set Cardinality for Distributed Measurement (with Ellis Fenske, Akshaya Mani, and Aaron Johnson) accepted to ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS)

July 15, 2021
Congratulations to Logan Arkema on winning the Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award at the 2021 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium for his paper on Residue-Free Computing

June 29, 2021
Version 2.0 of the NSF-funded Shadow project is now in pre-release!

May 21, 2021
Residue-Free Computing accepted to PoPETS 2021

April 19, 2021
Congratulations to Feiyang Yu for successfully defending his Master’s Thesis, Towards More Privacy-Preserving and Practical Internet-of-Things Devices

November 16, 2020
Jim Newsome (Tor Project) discusses Shadow 2.0 (a joint project between Georgetown, NRL, and Tor) at Tor’s State of the Onion.

November 1, 2020
Holes in the Geofence: Privacy Vulnerabilities in Smart DNS Services accepted to PoPETS 2021 (with shepherding condition).

August 12, 2020
Benjamin Ujcich joins Georgetown after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include secure systems and network design.

March 30, 2020
Bypassing Tor Exit Blocking with Exit Bridge Onion Services accepted to the 27th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS).

March 4, 2020
Ephemeral Exit Bridges for Tor accepted to the 50th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2020)