Brains Can Be Hacked. Why Should You Care?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:30am12:00pm

Tamara Bonaci, University of Washington


What happens if a surgical robot, used to perform a life-saving medical procedure, gets compromised and is used to harm a patient on an operating table, a surgeon performing a procedure, or both of them? What happens if a brain-computer interface, used either by severely disabled people or by early adopters, gets compromised and starts allowing anyone interested to listen in on its user's preferences, prejudices, or secrets? A lot—and sci-fi literature is full of interesting but rather unsettling examples.

So a better question to ask is: what can we done to prevent these attacks from happening? The answer is: a lot, and in this talk I will show that many of the mitigation strategies that we can apply rely on users' uniqueness in the way they interact with the system. 

Tamara Bonaci, University of Washington

Tamara Bonaci received her PhD from the University of Washington in 2015, focusing on security and privacy issues of emerging biomedical technologies. She is a faculty member at the same university, teaching a sequence of security courses. Tamara is also a part of a pre-public UW spinoff focusing on biometric methods. Tamara’s current research interests focus on security and privacy of biomedical systems, human-computer interaction, and electrophysiological signals.

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@conference {201680,
author = {Tamara Bonaci},
title = {Brains Can Be Hacked. Why Should You Care?},
year = {2017},
address = {Oakland, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jan

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