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Sashank Narain


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Sashank Narain, PhDAssistant Professor

Research Interests

User Privacy, Mobile Security, IoT Security and Cyber-physical Systems Security

Sashank Narain's research is focused on user privacy, mobile security, IoT and cyber-physical systems security. He is passionate about investigating, detecting and preventing side-channel attacks that exploit motion sensors on mobile devices for privacy breaches. He is also passionate about designing and implementing resilient systems for mobile security. The long-term goal is to implement a framework and system that can detect and protect users from privacy breaches arising from various sensitive resources such as motion sensors, GPS, Wi-Fi, Cellular, Camera and Microphones. He is also very interested in studying the security and privacy of IoT and cyber-physical systems such as drones, and is researching methods to automatically analyze the security and privacy practices of these devices.

Education

  • Ph D: Information Assurance, (2018), Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University - Boston
    Supporting Area: User Privacy, Mobile Security
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Sensor Side-Channel Attacks on User Privacy: Analysis and Mitigation
  • MS: Information Assurance, (2012), Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University - Boston

Selected Publications

  • Stute, M., Narain, S., Mariotto, A., Heinrich, A., Kreitschmann, D., Noubir, G., Hollick, M. (2019). A billion open interfaces for Eve and Mallory: MitM, DoS, and tracking attacks on iOS and macOS through Apple Wireless Direct Link (pp. 37--54).
  • Narain, S., Noubir, G. (2019). Mitigating Location Privacy Attacks on Mobile Devices using Dynamic App Sandboxing.
  • Narain, S., Ranganathan, A., Noubir, G. (2019). Security of GPS/INS based On-road Location Tracking Systems.
  • Narain, S. (2018). Sensor Side-Channel Attacks on User Privacy: Analysis and Mitigation. Northeastern University, Boston
  • Block, K., Narain, S., Noubir, G. (2017). An autonomic and permissionless android covert channel (pp. 184--194).
  • Narain, S., Vo-Huu, T.D., Block, K., Noubir, G. (2017). The Perils of User Tracking using Zero-Permission Mobile Apps.
  • Narain, S., Vo-Huu, T.D., Block, K., Noubir, G. (2016). Inferring User Routes and Locations using Zero-Permission Mobile Sensors.
  • Narain, S., Sanatinia, A., Noubir, G. (2014). Poster: Single-stroke Language-Agnostic Keylogging using Stereo-Microphones and Domain Specific Machine Learning.
  • Sanatinia, A., Narain, S., Noubir, G. (2014). Poster: WiFi AP Infection Spread.
  • Narain, S., Sanatinia, A., Noubir, G. (2014). Single-stroke language-agnostic keylogging using stereo-microphones and domain specific machine learning (pp. 201--212).
  • Sanatinia, A., Narain, S., Noubir, G. (2013). Poster: WiFi AP Infection Spread.
  • Sanatinia, A., Narain, S., Noubir, G. (2013). Wireless spreading of WiFi APs infections using WPS flaws: An epidemiological and experimental study (pp. 430--437).