Attack-Resistant Federated Learning with Residual-based Reweighting

Sep 25, 2019 Blind Submission readers: everyone Show Bibtex
  • Keywords: robust federated learning, backdoor attacks
  • TL;DR: We present a novel aggregation algorithm with residual-based reweighting for attack-resistant federated learning.
  • Abstract: Federated learning has a variety of applications in multiple domains by utilizing private training data stored on different devices. However, the aggregation process in federated learning is highly vulnerable to adversarial attacks so that the global model may behave abnormally under attacks. To tackle this challenge, we present a novel aggregation algorithm with residual-based reweighting to defend federated learning. Our aggregation algorithm combines repeated median regression with the reweighting scheme in iteratively reweighted least squares. Our experiments show that our aggression algorithm outperforms other alternative algorithms in the presence of label-flipping, backdoor, and Gaussian noise attacks. We also provide theoretical guarantees for our aggregation algorithm.
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