Publications

Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data

Author(s): 
Marshall Erwin
Publication Date: 
April 29, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Digital contact tracing apps have emerged in recent weeks as one potential tool in a suite of solutions that would allow countries around the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and get people back to their daily lives. These apps raise a number of challenging privacy issues and have been subject to extensive technical analysis and argument. Read more about Contact Tracing, Governments, and Data

Contact-tracing apps are not a solution to the COVID-19 crisis

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The unprecedented threat from the novel coronavirus has confined many Americans to their homes, distancing them from one another at great cost to local economies and personal well-being. Meanwhile the pressure grows on American institutions to do something—anything—about the pandemic.

Vulnerability reporting is dysfunctional

Author(s): 
Arvind Narayanan
Jonathan Mayer
Publication Date: 
March 25, 2020
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In January, we released a study showing the ease of SIM swaps at five U.S. prepaid carriers.  These attacks—in which an adversary tricks telecoms into moving the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card under the attacker’s control—divert calls and SMS text messages away from the victim. This allows attackers to receive private information such as SMS-based authentication codes, which are often used in multi-factor login and password recovery procedures.  Read more about Vulnerability reporting is dysfunctional

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