Garbage in, model out: Weight theft with just noise

May 28, 2019 Blind Submission readers: everyone
  • Keywords: Model stealing, deep neural networks, adversarial attacks
  • TL;DR: Input only noise , glean the softmax outputs, steal the weights
  • Abstract: This paper explores the scenarios under which an attacker can claim that ‘Noise and access to the softmax layer of the model is all you need’ to steal the weights of a convolutional neural network whose architecture is already known. We were able to achieve 96% test accuracy using the stolen MNIST model and 82% accuracy using stolen KMNIST model learned using only i.i.d. Bernoulli noise inputs. We posit that this theft-susceptibility of the weights is indicative of the complexity of the dataset and propose a new metric that captures the same. The goal of this dissemination is to not just showcase how far knowing the architecture can take you in terms of model stealing, but to also draw attention to this rather idiosyncratic weight learnability aspects of CNNs spurred by i.i.d. noise input. We also disseminate some initial results obtained with using the Ising probability distribution in lieu of the i.i.d. Bernoulli distribution
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