Security & Privacy

Security and privacy research at MPI-SWS focuses on foundational and practical aspects of security, trust, privacy and accountability in computer systems. Recent research in the group has focused on Web browser security, privacy-preserving Web analytics and advertising systems, trustworthy storage, anonymity networks, formal analysis of security properties, privacy-preserving mobile applications, privacy and trust in online social networks and accountability in distributed systems.


Paul Francis launches first-ever anonymization bounty program

January 2018
The bounty program pays up to $5000 for attackers who can break the anonymity of Diffix.

Paul Francis to lead session at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2017

April 2017
The session will bring together technical and legal experts to explore how Data Protection Officers (DPOs) can manage the complexities and uncertainties of GDPR-compliant data anonymization.

Paul Francis to give keynote at Oakland '17 Workshop on Privacy Engineering

April 2017
Paul Francis will give the keynote address, entitled "The Diffix Framework: Revisiting Noise, Again," at the Oakland (IEEE S&P) Workshop on Privacy Engineering.

Targeted malware paper accepted at NDSS '17

January 2017
The paper "A Broad View of the Ecosystem of Socially Engineered Exploit Documents" was accepted at NDSS '17.  

MPI-SWS research in the news

September 2016
MPI-SWS projects Aqua and Herd were discussed in an ArsTechnica article describing next generation anonymity networks.