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The Western Information Security and Privacy Research Laboratory

Whisper Lab is a cyber security research group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University, Canada. We're engaged in a range of research topics including:


Applied Cryptography

Homomorphic public-key cryptosystems, and other primitives.

Web Security

Network systems and protocol security (TLS, SSH, WPA) including configuration and parameterization.

Secure Multi-party Computation

Protocol designs and analysis for applications in trustworthy electronic voting, secure health informatics, geospacial analysis, and more.

Privacy and Anonymity

Passwords, fingerprinting, data storage and more.

Recent Articles

Canadian Government Websites Get Cryptojacked

February 13, 2018

[Update Feb 15th] Was interviewed in the CBC about this.

[Update Feb 14th] Was quoted in The Record in Cambridge.

News broke yesterday of a...

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Trust Implications of DDoS Protection in Online Elections

November 21, 2017

If you are going to run an election online you need to protect yourself against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS). You can hire a cloud-based service to provide DDoS protection, but how much trust are you placing in...

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The Emerging Role of AI in Cybersecurity

June 28, 2017

I recently did a Q&A for the Globe and Mail about how artificial intelligence is changing the nature of cybersecurity, both for better and for worse. Like blockchains, AI has captured the zeitgeist and suddenly people who like...

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Should Political Parties Elect Their Leaders Online?

June 27, 2017

The CSE just released a report detailing cyber threats to Canada’s democratic process. In light of this week’s most compelling publicly-made case to date that election hacking at the nation-state level is a thing, election agencies from the...

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