About me

I am a postdoc in the SPRING Lab at EPFL, headed by Prof. Carmela Troncoso. My position is funded by the CYD Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Cyber-Defense Campus, where my main collaborator is Dr. Raphael Meier.

I completed my PhD in the Computational Privacy Group at Imperial College London, advised by Dr. Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye. My research lies at the intersection between machine learning, privacy, and security. I study privacy and security vulnerabilities in data processing technologies: machine learning models, query-based systems, and perceptual hashing-based client-side scanning, through the lens of automated attacks. Through a rigorous study of privacy vulnerabilities, my research can inform the design of principled countermeasures allowing to prevent them and, ultimately, to use data safely.


26/02/2024: My paper Re-pseudonymization Strategies for Smart Meter Data Are Not Robust to Deep Learning Profiling Attacks with Miruna Rusu and Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye has been accepted at CODASPY 2024.

01/02/2024: My paper Investigating the Effect of Misalignment on Membership Privacy in the White-box Setting with Daniel Jones, Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, and Shruti Tople has been accepted at PoPETS 2024!

22/01/2024: I attended the discussion panel of the Synthetic Data for Biomedical Applications workshop organised by CHUV and the Swiss Data Science Center.

More news here.


Peer-reviewed articles

* denotes joint first authorship.

  1. Cretu A.-M.*, Rusu, M.*, and de Montjoye Y.-A. Re-pseudonymization Strategies for Smart Meter Data Are Not Robust to Deep Learning Profiling Attacks. To appear in the Proceedings of the Fourteenth ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY '24). [Paper]
  2. Cretu A.-M., Jones, D., de Montjoye Y.-A., and Tople, S. Investigating the Effect of Misalignment on Membership Privacy in the White-box Setting. To appear in the Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies 2024(3) (PoPETS 2024). [Paper] [Code]
  3. Guépin, F.*, Meeus, M.*, Crețu A.-M., and de Montjoye Y.-A. Synthetic is all you need: removing the auxiliary data assumption for membership inference attacks against synthetic data. In 18th DPM International Workshop on Data Privacy Management (DPM 2023). [Paper] [Code]
  4. Meeus, M.*, Guépin, F.*, Crețu A.-M., and de Montjoye Y.-A. Achilles' Heels: Vulnerable Record Identification in Synthetic Data Publishing. In 28th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2023). [Paper] [Code]
  5. Jain S., Crețu A.-M., Cully, A. and de Montjoye Y.-A. Deep perceptual hashing algorithms with hidden dual-purpose: when client-side scanning does facial recognition. In 2023 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP). [Paper]
  6. Crețu A.-M.*, Houssiau, F.*, Cully, A. and de Montjoye Y.-A. QuerySnout: Automating the discovery of attribute inference attacks against query-based systems. In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS '22). [Paper] [Extended arXiv version] [Code]
  7. Crețu A.-M., Monti F., Marrone S., Dong X., Bronstein M. and de Montjoye Y.-A. Interaction data are identifiable even across long periods of time. Nature Communications 13, 313 (2022). [Paper]
    • Presented at the ACM CCS Privacy Preserving Machine Learning 2021 workshop (PPML 2021). Contributed talk.
    • Presented at the NeurIPS Privacy and Machine Learning 2021 workshop (PriML 2021).
    • Featured in TechCrunch and Science News.
  8. Jain S.*, Crețu A.-M.* and de Montjoye Y.-A. Adversarial Detection Avoidance Attacks: Evaluating the robustness of perceptual hashing-based client-side scanning. 31st USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 22) [Paper] [Extended arXiv version]
  9. Kocijan V., Camburu O.-M., Crețu A.-M., Yordanov Y., Blunsom P. and Lukasiewicz T. WikiCREM: A Large Unsupervised Corpus for Coreference Resolution. Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and the 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP) (2019) [Paper]
  10. Kocijan V., Crețu A.-M., Camburu O.-M., Yordanov Y. and Lukasiewicz T. A Surprisingly Robust Trick for the Winograd Schema Challenge. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2019) [Paper]


  1. Crețu A.-M.*, Guépin F.* and de Montjoye Y.-A. Correlation Inference Attacks against Machine Learning Models. arXiv preprint (2021) [arXiv]

Awards and scholarships

  • I am recipient of the USENIX '22 Diversity grant, which generously supported my trip to the conference in Boston.
  • I am a recipient of the EPFL Excellence Fellowship (awarded to students with outstanding academic records), which generously supported my studies at EPFL.
  • My studies in France were supported by a competitive 2-year full scholarship from the Fondation Odon Vallet and by a 2.5-year scholarship from the Fondation de l'Ecole Polytechnique.
  • I was born and grew up in Romania. There, I participated in many mathematics contests, including the Romanian National Olympiad, where I won one gold medal, three silver medals, and one bronze medal.