Madiba Security Research Group

Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science

Research Areas

  • Anti-Surveillance Tools and Solutions
  • Bitcoin and Blockchain
  • Authentication
  • TLS and the Certificate Trust Model
  • Mobile Platforms Security
  • Cryptographic Voting Systems
  • Usable Security

Group Updates

Dec 6, 2022

Our phishing kits analysis won the Best Paper Award at APWG eCrime 2022.

Nov 7, 2022

Our govt services analysis paper was reported in LeDevoir

Sept 6, 2022

Summary updates after a long delay: Sajjad and Naya's paper on Android privacy has been accepted at ACM CCS 2022. Our govt services analysis paper was accepted at WWW 2022 and made news (ACM Technews, Noovo). Recent graduates during the Covid time: Pranay Kapoor, Maryna Kluban, Mehdi Salehi, Behnam Shobiri, Mounir Elgharabawy, Md. Shahab Uddin, Tina Safaie. Congratulations!

Dec 14, 2020

Our parental control evaluation won the Distinguished Paper Award at ACSAC 2020 and made news (CTV Montreal, ACM Technews, La Presse).

Dec 30, 2019

Suzan's WiFi privacy analysis is on the news (CBC, CTV, Montreal Gazette, CJAD).

July 24, 2019

Congratulations Dr. Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet! Thesis link

January 24, 2019

Xavier has been featured in Concordia's X-Explained video series for a small tutorial on how to choose strong passwords.

October 8, 2018

We have been Slashdotted! for TLS analysis of enterprise proxies; see arXiv.

July 30, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Lianying Zhao (Viau)! The first PhD graduate from Madiba! Thesis link

Nov 30, 2016

Viau's Hypnoguard work is on the news (Daily Dot, Gizmodo).

September 26, 2016

Jeremy's talk on voting with blockchain technology from the Online Voting Roundtable on CPAC.

July 22, 2016

Viau's Hypnoguard work has been accepted at CCS 2016. Congratulations Viau!

July 18, 2016

The first Bitcoin textbook is out with a forward by Jeremy.

July 8, 2016

We have been Slashdotted!

May 31, 2016

Jeremy's talk on Bitcoin and crime from eCrime 2016.

May 12, 2016

Xavier's SSL interception paper is on the news. See here for more.

March 6, 2016

Jeremy's talk about scaling Bitcoin's userbase at the MIT Bitcoin Expo.

March 1, 2016

Jeremy in conversation with CBC's Nora Young on privacy and technology.

January 20, 2016

The password meter study has been featured in

December 19, 2015

Xavier's NDSS 2016 paper on SSL interception is now available .

December 10, 2015

Concordia News highlighted Xavier's Vanier CGS.

August 26, 2015

Princeton's Coursera course on Bitcoin with lecture from Jeremy on cryptocurrency history.

March 26, 2015

Xavier's live interview on CTV News Montreal on the password meters study.

March 26, 2015

Password meters study has been slashdotted.

March 2, 2015

Media coverage on our password meters study.

February 20, 2015

Xavier's paper on password meters has been accepted at ACM TISSEC (authors' copy; extends the NDSS 2014 paper).

October 22, 2014

Viau's (L. Zhao) paper on secure deletion has been accepted at NDSS 2015.

October 8, 2014

Media coverage of Jeremy's report on Internet voting for the City of Toronto.

October 6, 2014

Our new website is now online with updated content from the students of M. Mannan and. J. Clark.

October 1, 2014

Xavier's ACSAC2014 paper on TrueCrypt is now available; an extended version is here.

April 6, 2014

Jeremy's testimony on Bitcoin to the Canadian Senate