WSPR Lab

Welcome to the Wolfpack Security and Privacy Research (WSPR) Laboratory in the department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.

The WSPR Laboratory (pronounced "whisper") models, designs, builds, and validates technology that protects users, systems, and networks from malicious and privacy-infringing acts. The group's six faculty members and affiliated students work on all areas of computer security, from designing new cryptographic constructs to ensure protected execution of code to empirical studies on how software is secured by developers; from finding flaws in existing operating systems to building systems resilient from known attacks; from detecting malicious activity such as malware and denial of service attacks to building networks and mechanisms to prevent abuse. The WSPR Lab works to secure all types of computer systems, from legacy telephone networks to emerging technologies like smartphones and Internet of Things devices.

How to Get Involved

If you are a student at NCSU and are interested in ...

  • security research, look at the web pages of the WSPR Faculty and feel free to contact them directly. Alternatively, you may contact the WSPR lead graduate student, Luke Deshotels.
  • security skills, get involved with the NCSU HackPack run by Dr. Kapravelos. Join the slack channel for more information.

If you are an industry organization seeking to collaborate, look at the web pages of the WSPR Faculty and feel free to contact them directly. You may also email our general contact alias, csc-wspr-lab@ncsu.edu

Recent News

March 5, 2019: Our paper, HomeSnitch: Behavior Transparency and Control for Smart Home IoT Devices, has been accepted for publication at the 2019 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec).

March 5, 2019: Our paper, ARF: Identifying Re-Delegation Vulnerabilities in Android System Services, has been accepted for publication at the 2019 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec).

March 5, 2019: Our paper, Blinded and Confused: Uncovering Systemic Flaws in Device Telemetry for Smart-Home Internet of Things, has been accepted for publication at the 2019 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec).

March 5, 2019: Our short paper, Hestia: Simple Least Privilege Network Policies for Smart Homes, has been accepted for publication at the 2019 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec).

November 27, 2018: Our paper, ACMiner: Extraction and Analysis of Authorization Checks in Android’s Middleware, has been accepted for publication at the 2019 ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY).

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