Posted on 12/09/2017
Nasser Al Fannah, a current PhD student in the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London, has won the best student paper award at IWSEC 2017, the 12th International Workshop on Security, to be held in Hiroshima, Japan at the end of August. The paper 'Not All Browsers Are Created Equal: Comparing Web Browser Fingerprintability', was co-authored by Wanpeng Li, a recent former ISG PhD student. Both Nasser and Wanpeng were supervised by Professor Chris Mitchell. The prizewinning paper looks at variations in the degree to which web browsers can be tracked by websites using a technique known as fingerprinting, which is effective even if other browser tracking facilities (such as cookies) are disabled. It is becoming clear that browser fingerprinting has become very widely used over the past few years, despite its clear threat to user privacy. This area remains a topic of ongoing research by Professor Mitchell's research team.