Computer Laboratory

Kieron Ivy Turk

About me

I am a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge studying how technology is used for domestic abuse and how this can be prevented, as well as how technology can be used to help victims of domestic abuse. I am supervised by Alice Hutchings.

I completed my MEng and BA at the University of Cambridge. My MEng dissertation is Locked Into Stupidity: A Smart Lock Security Analysis - a vulnerability analysis of a pair of smart locks, resulting in 4 attacks on a Wifi-based lock and 8 attacks on a BLE lock. My BA project was Pinpoint: A Web Application Vulnerability Scanner which can detect XSS, command and code injection, path traversal, and Shellshock vulnerabilities in websites. My BA dissertation is available here with a shorter summary available on my blog, and my MEng dissertation will become available when the vulnerabilities discussed in it are [eventually] patched.

I'm non-binary (genderfluid) and use either name and any pronouns. Voice, appearance, and other gender-y things subject to change.


K. Turk, S. Pastrana, and B. Collier, "A tight scrape: methodological approaches to collecting research data on cybercrime communities in adversarial environments," in 2020 IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops (EuroS&PW), pp. 428–437, 2020. Available here.


I supervised Cryptography (Part II) in Lent term 2022 for 15 students.

I supervised Security (Part IB) in Easter term 2022 for 11 students.

I supervised Digital Electronics (Part IA) in Michaelmas term 2022 for 16 students.

I supervised Economics Law and Ethics (Part IB) in Michaelmas term 2022 for 10 students.

I will supervise Part II Cryptography in 2022/23.

I am currently supervising 3 Part II dissertations and co-supervising 1 MPhil dissertation.

I'm open to supervising Part II/III/MPhil projects in 2023-4, and have some ideas here. I'm happy supervising anything I have expertise in: this includes tech-abuse, system security and hacking, or creating tools for detecting vulnerabilities. Feel free to email me any ideas you have or things from my list you want to work on!

Societies etc.

I'm on the committee of the CU Cyber Security Society (Cybersoc) and have made presentations for their Intro to Web Hacking, Intro to CTF, and physical security workshops.

I am president of the Wolfson Pole and Aerial Sports Society for 2022-2023 after being vice-president for 2021-2022.

I manage the Security Seminar Series for seminars from January 2022.

I manage the LGBTQ+@CL webpages from February 2022.

Hobbies etc.

I know too much about locks and lockpicking, and can pick about 12 different types of lock. I'm currently working on cracking the ATM safes in the security corridor for fun.

I play acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjo, and used to play piano/keyboard.

I speak Spanish (DELE B2) and some Russian (CEFR A2 ish).

I solve Rubik's cubes and similar puzzles pretty fast, and used to compete in speedcubing competitions.

I have two black belts (2nd dan Taekwondo, 1st dan Krav Maga), and sometimes train in these two styles as well as training with weapons like sais, tonfa, bo staff, and butterfly swords.

kieron.turk [at]

Any pronouns (Primarily they/them)

Website / blog