Yu-li Liang, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Xue Liu, Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University
Qin Lv, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Shivakant Mishra, Associate professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Online video chat systems such as Chatroulette have become increasingly popular as a way to meet and converse one-on-one via video and audio with other users online in an open and interactive manner. At the same time, safety and security concerns inherent in such communication have been little explored. Our research group at University of Colorado, Boulder, USA and McGill University, Montreal, Canada seeks to conduct ground-breaking research in the context of an online video chat system.
[Jul/28/2011] SafeVchat website has been established here.
[Jul/04/2010] Andrey Ternovskiy, the founder of Chatroulette, provides approval to release our research results.
[May/20/2010] Our research group successfully characterizes three attacks, de-anonymization, phishing and man-in-the-middle, on a video chat system.
Xing, X., Liang, Y., Cheng, H., Dang, J., Han, R., Liu, X., Lv, Q., Mishra, S., "SafeVchat: Detecting Obscene Content and Misbehaving Users in Online Video Chat Services", WWW 2011 (to appear).
Xinyu Xing, Jianxun Dang, Richard Han, Xue Liu and Shivakant Mishra, "Intrusions into Privacy in Video Chat Environments: Attacks and Countermeasures",
Technical Report CU-CS-1068-10, 2010. [pdf] (This technical report is also available from arXiv at Cornell University.)