PhD seminar - Kuan Zhang

Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:00 am - 11:00 am EDT (GMT -04:00)


Kuan Zhang


Security and Privacy for Mobile Social Networks


Sherman Shen


With the ever-increasing demands of people's social interactions, traditional online social networking applications are being shifted to the mobile ones, enabling users' social networking and interactions anywhere anytime. Due to the portability and pervasiveness of mobile devices, such as smartphones, wearable devices and tablets, Mobile Social Network (MSN), as a prestigious social network platform, has become increasingly popular and brought immense benefits. However, the flourish of MSNs also hinges upon fully understanding and managing the challenges, such as security threats and privacy leakage. Security and privacy concerns rise as the boom of MSN applications comes up, and few users have paid adequate attentions to protect their privacy-sensitive information from disclosing.

In this seminar, we present security and privacy challenges in MSNs, and focus on adjustable and user-centric protections. We also introduce several challenging issues, including spam, misbehaviors and privacy leakage. To tackle these problems, we propose efficient security and privacy preservation schemes for MSNs. Firstly, to address the issues of spam in autonomous MSNs, we propose a personalized fine-grained spam filtering scheme (PIF), which exploits social characteristics during message delivery to block spam in a privacy-preserving way. Secondly, to detect misbehaviors during MSN data sharing, we propose a social-based mobile Sybil detection scheme (SMSD). The SMSD detects Sybil attackers by differentiating the abnormal pseudonym changing and contact behaviors, since Sybil attackers usually frequently or rapidly change their pseudonyms to cheat legitimate users. Thirdly, to achieve the trade-off between privacy and data availability, we investigate a centralized social network application, which exploits social network to enhance human-to-human infection analysis. We integrate social network data and health data to jointly analyze the instantaneous infectivity during human-to-human contact, and propose a novel privacy-preserving infection analysis approach (PIA). It employs a privacy-preserving data query method to enable data sharing and protect data disclosure to untrusted entities. A privacy-preserving classification-based infection analysis method is also proposed to enable the health cloud server to infer infection spread and achieve data privacy simultaneously.