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Data Stealing Attack on Medical Images: Is it Safe to Export Networks from Data Lakes?

Abstract : In privacy-preserving machine learning, it is common that the owner of the learned model does not have any physical access to the data. Instead, only a secured remote access to a data lake is granted to the model owner without any ability to retrieve the data from the data lake. Yet, the model owner may want to export the trained model periodically from the remote repository and a question arises whether this may cause is a risk of data leakage. In this paper, we introduce the concept of data stealing attack during the export of neural networks. It consists in hiding some information in the exported network that allows the reconstruction outside the data lake of images initially stored in that data lake. More precisely, we show that it is possible to train a network that can perform lossy image compression and at the same time solve some utility tasks such as image segmentation. The attack then proceeds by exporting the compression decoder network together with some image codes that leads to the image reconstruction outside the data lake. We explore the feasibility of such attacks on databases of CT and MR images, showing that it is possible to obtain perceptually meaningful reconstructions of the target dataset, and that the stolen dataset can be used in turns to solve a broad range of tasks. Comprehensive experiments and analyses show that data stealing attacks should be considered as a threat for sensitive imaging data sources.
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Submitted on : Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 10:48:22 AM
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Huiyu Li, Nicholas Ayache, Hervé Delingette. Data Stealing Attack on Medical Images: Is it Safe to Export Networks from Data Lakes?. MICCAI Workshop on Distributed, Collaborative and Federated Learning, Sep 2022, Singapore, Singapore. ⟨hal-03775940⟩



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