Ultra Paranoid Computing

Patrick Lincoln

Patrick Lincoln

SRI International

THURSDAY January 17th, Noon, Room 110

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What if every CPU in the universe is controlled by your adversaries? News stories have told us in recent years not only about traditional computers being successfully attacked, but also of successful attacks against computers in embedded devices like medical instruments, cars, printers, and phones. There are longstanding research programs considering the case when one machine in your network is infected, large numbers of machines are infected, and even the case when all machines but yours and your friends are infected. But what if adversaries infect every machine, including your laptop, your phone, your printer, and your car? The work is very early, and more of a point of view than a set of research results. As part of this talk, Pat will discuss recent work (Bojinov, Sanches, Reber, Boneh, and Lincoln Usenix security 2012) in Rubber Hose Resistant Passwords --- passwords that can't be revealed even if the owner of the password seeks to reveal it. Other topics will also be discussed.


Dr. Patrick Lincoln is the Director of the Computer Science Laboratory of SRI International, where he has worked since 1989. He is also the executive director of the Department-of-Homeland-Security-funded Cyber Security Research And Development Center, and he is the director of the SRI Center for Computational Biology. Dr. Lincoln holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from MIT. He has previously held positions at MCC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and ETA Systems. Dr. Lincoln leads research in the fields of formal methods, computer security and privacy, computational biology, scalable distributed systems, and nano electronics.

He has led multidisciplinary groups to high-impact research projects including symbolic systems biology, scalable anomaly detection, exquisitely sensitive biosensor systems, strategic reasoning and game theory, and privacy-preserving data sharing. Dr. Lincoln has published dozens of influential papers, over a dozen patents, and has served on scientific advisory boards for private and publicly-held companies, nonprofits, and government agencies and departments.