Master’s Thesis Presentation • Systems and Networking • In the New Era of the Internet of Things Even Your Breathing Rate is Not PrivateExport this event to calendar

Friday, December 10, 2021 — 2:00 PM EST

Please note: This master’s thesis presentation will be given online.

Zihan Chen, Master’s candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Supervisor: Professor Omid Abari

This thesis shows a new type of attack that can secretly gather private measurements from the target. Wi-sneak is a stealthy reconnaissance attack which utilizes the ambient WiFi signal and ubiquitous WiFi-enabled devices without compromising any packets or WiFi networks.

We demonstrated that an adversary can accurately extract people’s respiration rate by just sniffing the WiFi network and sending some fake packets no matter outside or inside the house. The deployment of this attack is simple, and anyone with a laptop, a USB WiFi-card and a Micro Controller Unit (MCU) can perform the attack by running the program introduced in this thesis. The attack is tested on various situations and the accuracy has been verified with a solid ground truth. The attack is low-cost, simple to deploy and yet very hard for unprofessional people to detect.


To join this master’s thesis presentation on Zoom, please go to https://uwaterloo.zoom.us/j/92031053996?pwd=dWZDTm16Sm1ob1FuclM1VUc2SW00Zz09.

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200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada
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