IEEE best paper award

May 18th, 2010 at 20:05 UTC by Ross Anderson

Steven Murdoch, Saar Drimer, Mike Bond and I have just won the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium’s Best Practical Paper award for our paper Chip and PIN is Broken. This was an unexpected pleasure, given the very strong competition this year (especially from this paper). We won this award once before, in 2008, for a paper on a similar topic.

Ross, Mike, Saar, Steven (photo by Joseph Bonneau)

Update (2010-05-28): The photo now includes the full team (original version)

Entry filed under: Academic papers, Awards, Banking security, News coverage, Protocols, Security engineering

12 comments Add your own

  • 1. Tyler Moore  |  May 18th, 2010 at 22:01 UTC

    Congratulations guys, this is well-deserved!

  • 2. Nicholas Bohm  |  May 19th, 2010 at 07:52 UTC


    Lucky Ross took his award-acceptance shirt along.

  • 3. Nik  |  May 19th, 2010 at 08:30 UTC

    Congratulations; it’s an excellent paper (but then again so is most of the output of the Cambridge labs; Prof Wilkes must be proud :)

  • 4. rob  |  May 19th, 2010 at 13:35 UTC


  • 5. Ben  |  May 19th, 2010 at 17:05 UTC

    Congratulations guys!

    By the way, is the final version of the paper available yet?

  • 6. Mike Bond  |  May 19th, 2010 at 19:53 UTC

    Hi Ben, thanks a lot :)

    I’ve just discovered Steven has updated the old link to the paper to point at the new version. So you should be able to find the updated one here:

    The substantive new section is section IX “Response” on pages 10-11.



  • 7. GiveFreedomToLabs  |  May 20th, 2010 at 01:38 UTC

    Keep your head up!
    We all are proud of you and waiting for updates in your research. By the way, my personal opinion is the same as IEEE.
    “Cambridge Computer Laboratory Security Group” is the best in the world sui generis!


  • 8. Keith Tayler  |  May 20th, 2010 at 17:18 UTC

    Well done. Great paper – not sure about that shirt.

  • 9. Marco Ramilli  |  May 25th, 2010 at 17:33 UTC

    Well done guys.
    I’ve just finished to read it. It’s awesome ! I really enjoyed the reading. Hope to see some follow up.

  • 10. Mike Bond  |  May 29th, 2010 at 12:29 UTC

    The new photo looked a bit too dark, so using some photoshop magic I brightened up the foreground a bit, apologies if it looks a bit amateurish but at least you can see our faces now.

    Nothing else is photoshopped, we did all the stuff in the paper for real… didn’t we?

  • 11. Ross Anderson  |  May 29th, 2010 at 20:12 UTC

    Yes, the transactions we put through were genuine forgeries!


  • 12. Keith Tayler  |  June 1st, 2010 at 15:49 UTC

    The shirt was not that bad – or perhaps it was.

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