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Workshop: A Blessing in Disguise: The Prospects and Perils of Adversarial Machine Learning

Membership Inference Attacks on Lottery Ticket Networks

Aadesh Bagmar · Shishira Maiya · Shruti Bidwalkar · Amol Deshpande


The vulnerability of the Lottery Ticket Hypothesis has not been studied from the purview of Membership Inference Attacks. Through this work, we are the first to empirically show that the lottery ticketed networks are equally vulnerable to membership inference attacks. A Membership Inference Attack (MIA) is the process of determining whether a data sample belongs to a training set of a trained model or not. Membership Inference Attacks could leak critical information about the training data that can be used for targeted attacks. Recent deep learning models often have very large memory footprints and a high computational cost associated with training and drawing inferences. Lottery Ticket Hypothesis is used to prune the networks to find smaller sub-networks that at least match the performance of the original model in terms of test accuracy in a similar number of iterations. We used CIFAR-10, CIFAR-100, and ImageNet datasets to perform image classification tasks and observe that the attack accuracies are similar. We also see that the attack accuracy varies directly according to the number of classes in the dataset and the sparsity of the network. We demonstrate that these attacks are transferable across models with high accuracy.

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