Did you know you can tell what a lab instrument is doing by listening to it? We really enjoyed this collaboration with Prof. Mohammad Al Faruque at UC Irvine, who showed that you can reconstruct the sequence of DNA being made by a DNA synthesizer by analyzing the sounds made by the machine. Our paper, “Oligo-Snoop: A Non-Invasive Side Channel Attack Against DNA Synthesis Machines,” was presented at the 2019 Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium in San Diego.

This work was also featured in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and IEEE Spectrum.