The Golden Age of Bulk Surveillance

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 9:30am10:00am

Nicholas Weaver, Researcher, International Computer Science Institute


This talk will focus on the concepts behind bulk surveillance, why they work so well, how such systems can be built, and some of the major players in the commercial industry. For we are now in a world where, if you are lucky, the adversary can be any country your traffic passes through except your own. And any traffic in the clear is not just an information leakage, but a potential attack vector.

Nicholas Weaver, Researcher, International Computer Science Institute

Nicholas Weaver received a B.A. in Astrophysics and Computer Science in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley. Although his dissertation was on novel FPGA architectures, he also focused on computer security, including postulating the possibility of very fast computer worms in 2001. He joined the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in 2003. His primary research focus is on network security, notably worms, botnets, surveillance, and other internet-scale attacks, and network measurement. Other areas have included both hardware acceleration and software parallelization of network intrusion detection, defenses for DNS resolvers, and tools for detecting ISP-introduced manipulations of a user's network connection.

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@conference {206272,
author = {Nicholas Weaver},
title = {The Golden Age of Bulk Surveillance},
year = {2016},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},