Thermal imaging technologies are continuously becoming more affordable and accessible to everyone. Today, a thermal camera can be bought for less than £150. Thermal imaging can be used maliciously to infer the user input on keyboards and touchscreens. For example, taking a thermal image of a keyboard after a user has interacted with it reveals recent input such as passwords, or sensitive messages.
In this project, we aim to:
- assess the viability of thermal attacks in everyday computer and mobile usage scenarios,
- develop and evaluate methods for resisting them on desktop and mobile settings, and
- raise awareness about this threat and possible countermeasures through impact activities.
This work has been funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE Award number 65040), the EPSRC (grant number EP/V008870/1) and the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Cybersecurity, which is also funded by the EPSRC (EP/S035362/1).
- Dr Mohamed Khamis - Principal Investigator
- Dr John Williamson - Collaborator
- Prof Dr Karola Marky - Former Researcher Associate
- Dr Md Shafiqul Islam - Research Associate
- Mr Shaun Macdonald - Research Associate
- Miss Norah Mohsen Alotaibi - PhD Student
- Miss Habiba Farzand - Research Assistant
To learn more about our team, click here.
Our work on thermal attacks has been published at top HCI and Security Venues such as ACM TOPS, ACM IUI, and alike. Click here for more details.
Our work has been showcased at various events such as Glasgow Science Festival 2022 and PETRAS Research Showcase Event 2022. Click here for more details.
Our recent work has received significant coverage from news outlets like Independent. Click here for more details.
Our Research Lab
This project is part of the SIRIUS Research Lab. To learn more about our lab's work, please visit: https://mkhamis.github.io//mkhamis/