Sylvain P. Leblanc

Dr. Sylvain P. Leblanc
Dr.
Sylvain P. Leblanc
CD, BSc, MEng, PhD, PEng, Professor and Chair for Cybersecurity
Office:
Sawyer - 4106
Telephone:
(613) 541-6000 ext 6355
Fax:
(613) 544-8107
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College Address

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4
 

I am Professor in Computer Software Engineering and Primary Investigator with the Computer Security Laboratory of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Royal Military College of Canada where I am also Chair for Cybersecurity. In addition, I am the Vice-President and Grievance Officer of the Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association.

Professional Associations

  • Member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
 

Research Interests

  • Computer and Network Security.
  • Modelling of USB Human Interface Device use.
  • Computer Network Defence Policies and Procedures.
  • Applications of Computer Network Operations to Constructive Simulations.

Research Projects

  • Cybersecurity of vehicular systems. Examinig how we defend the complex networks that are part of modern vehicles, with application to both military and commercial vehicle fleets.
  • Advanced Network Traffic Analysis. Examining how we characterize network traffic to help with the detection of intrusions or anomalous behaviour. Characterizing traffic in SCADA networks is of particular interest as a research area.
  • Intrusion Detection Work Flow Modelling. Seeing how people actually conduct intrusion detection. Intent to investigate workflow modeling tehcniques, and apply them to the intrusion detection task.
  • Vulnerabilty Analysis. Understanding the vulnerabilities of commonly used protocols with a view of defending them more efficiently.

Graduate Students

Dr. Leblanc is actively seeking graduate students whose research interest coincide with his. Graduate students would be expected to work on the Research Projects listed above, or in related fields. Funding is available for selected graduates students. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Leblanc.

Current Graduate Students

  • Mr. Dasola Uluge, Doctorate (PhD) candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Maj Curtis Nolet, Master of Applied Science (MASc) candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Mr. Taylor Perkins, Master of Applied Science (MASc) candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada.Co-Supervised by Mr. Brian Lachine.
  • Lt(N) Michael Fujioka, Master of Applied Science (MASc) candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. Co-Supervised by Dr. François Bernier.
  • Capt Jordan Sullivan, Master of Applied Science (MASc) candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. Co-Supervised by Dr. Greg Phillips.

Graduated Students (ranks at time of graduation)

  • Capt Mark Potvin, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. (October 2020) Detecting Malicious Anomalies in Heavy Duty Vehicular Systems
  • Capt Joshua deBoer, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. (December 2019) Vulnerability Assessment of Bespoke In-Service Systems
  • 2Lt Charles Bernard, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. (September 2019) An Application of Network Security Monitoring to the MIL-STD-1553B Data Bus
  • Capt Bruce Lin, Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. (June 2018) Signature-based Methodology to Identify Anomalous HTTP and HTTPS Network Tunnels with Observable Markov Model
  • LCdr Robin Moll, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. (April 2018) Cover Command and Control Using the Server Message Block Protocol. Winner of the The Royal Canadian Naval College Class of '46 Scholarship for 2018
  • Capt Brendan Shust, Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. (March 2018) Accuracy of Network Topology Measurements in Tactical Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks
  • Dr. Adrian Taylor, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa, co-supervised with Dr. Nathalie Japkowicz, (March 2017),
    Anomaly-based detection of malicious activity in
  • in-vehicle networks
  • Lt(N) Michael Michaud, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, co-supervised with Dr. Thomas Dean (March 2017), Malicious Use of OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) in Real-Time Mission Critical Distributed Systems. Winner of the The Royal Canadian Naval College Class of '46 Scholarship for 2017
  • Capt Sébastien Ménard, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, (January 2017), Semi-Automated Log Sequence Generation for SIEM Operator Training
  • Saruhan A. Karademir, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen's University, co-supervised with Dr. Thomas Dean, (September 2013), Detecting PDF Javascript Malware Using Clone Detection
  • Maj J.T. Clark, Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, co-supervised with Dr. Scott Knight, (February 2009), On Unintended USB Communication Channels
  • Capt D.R. Grant, Master of Defence Engineering and Management (MDEM), Royal Military College of Canada, (November 2012), Simulation of Electronic Warfare on JCATS

Publications

Books and book chapters

Conference Proceedings

  • A. Lemay, S.P. Leblanc, Is Hacking Back Ever Worth It?, 20th European Conference on Cyer Warfare and Security (ECCWS 2021), virtual hosted by University of Chester, UK, pp 239 - 245, 23-24 June 2021
  • S.P. Leblanc, R.E. Moll, Use of SMB for Covert Command and Control Communications, 14th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2019), Nantucket, MA, 2-3 October 2019
  • A. Lemay, S.P. Leblanc, Operational Tempo in Cyber Operations, 18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ECCWS2019), Coimbra, Portugal, pp 275-281, 4-5 July 2019
  • M.J. Michaud, T. Dean, S.P. Leblanc, Attacking OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) Based Real-Time Mission Critical Distributed Systems, 13th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2018), Nantucket, MA, pp 68-77, 22-24 October 2018
  • A. Lemay, S.P., Leblanc, Is eval () Evil : A study of JavaScript in PDF malware, 13th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2018), Nantucket, MA, pp 13-22, 22-24 October 2018
  • A. Lemay, S. Leblanc, Cognitive Biases in Cyber Decision-Making, 13th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS 2018), Washington, DC, pp 395-401, 8-10 March 2018
  • S. Hassan et al., A Constraint-based Intrusion Detection System, 5th European Conference on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, Larnaca, Cyprus, 31 August - 1 September 2017
  • A. Lemay, S. Leblanc, S. Knight, J. Fernandez, Affecting Freedom of Action in Cyber Space: Subtle Effects and Skilled Operators, 12th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS2017), Dayton, OH, pp 220-226, 2-3 March 2017
  • A. Taylor, N. Japkowicz, S. Leblanc, Anomaly Detection in Automobile Control Network Data with Long Short-Term Memory Networks, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (IEEE DSAA 2016), Montréal, Canada, 17-19 October 2016
  • A. Lemay, S. Knight, J. Fernandez, S.P. Leblanc, The Sound of a Rattling Cyber-Sabre: Cases Studies in Cyber Power Projection, 15th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ECCWS2016), Munich, Germany, pp 191-197, 7-8 July 2016
  • A. Taylor, N. Japkowicz, S. Leblanc, Frequency-Based Anomaly Detection for the Automotive CAN Bus, World Congress on Industrial Control Systems Security (WCICCS-2015), London, UK, pp 45-49, 14-16 December 2015
  • A. Lemay, S.P. Leblanc, T. de Jesus, Lessons from the Strategic Corporal: Implications of Cyber Incident Response, ACM SIGMIS-CPR '15, Newport Beach CA, pp 61-66, 4-6 June 2015
  • S. Karademir, T. Dean and S. Leblanc, Finding Javascript Malware in Acrobat Files using Clone Detection, CASCON '13 Proceedings of the 2013 Conference of the Center for Advanced Studies on Collaborative Research, Toronto, Canada, pp 70-80 November 2013
  • Bernier, M., Leblanc, S., Morton, B., Metrics Framework of Cyber Operations on Command and Control, Proceedings of the11th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security (ECIW'12), Laval, France, pp 53-62, 5-6 July 2012
  • Morton, B., Leblanc, S., Bernier, M., Simulation Approach for Military Cyber Operations, Proceedings of the11th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security (ECIW'12), Laval, France, pp 180-187, 5-6 July 2012
  • I. Chapman, S.P. Leblanc, A. Partington, Taxonomy of Cyber Attacks and Simulation of their Effects, 2011 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim'11) - Military Modeling and Simulation (MMS'11), Boston, MA, pp 73-80, 4-6 April 2011
  • S.P. Leblanc, I. Chapman, A. Partington, M. Bernier, An Overview of Cyber Attack and Computer Network Operations Simulation, 2011 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SpringSim'11) - Military Modeling and Simulation (MMS'11), Boston, MA, pp 92-100, 4-6 April 2011
  • J. Clark, S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, Risks Associated with USB Hardware Trojan Devices used by Insiders, IEEE Systems Conference (IEEESysCon'11), Montréal, Canada, 4-7 April 2011
  • Knight. S., Smith, P., Vessey, D., Leblanc, S., Living with the Enemy: containing a network attacker when you can't afford to eliminate him, Information Systems Technology (IST) Symposium on Information Assurance and Cyber Defence, NATO Research and Technology Agency, Antalya, Turkey, pp 25-1 - 25-10, April 2010
  • John Clark, Sylvain Leblanc, Scott Knight, Hardware Trojan Horse Device based on Unintended USB Channels, Proc of the Third Intl Conf on Network and System Security (NSS 2009), Gold Coast, Australia, pp 1-8, 19-21 October 2009
  • Joe Adams, Efstratios Gavas, Tim Lacey, Sylvain P. Leblanc, Collective Views on NSA/CSS Cyber Defense Exercise on Curricula and Learning Objectives, 2nd Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Testing (CSET'09), 10 August 2009
  • S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, Engaging the Adversary as a Viable Response to Network Intrusion, Workshop on Cyber Infrastructure – Emergency Preparedness Aspects (2005), University of Ottawa, ON. April 2005
  • S.P. Leblanc, P.A. Roman, Reliability Estimation of Hierarchical Software Systems, Proceedings of the Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Seattle, Washington, pp 249- 253, January 2002

Oral Presentations

  • H. Jaber, S.P. Leblanc, A. McAllister, S. Owens, H., Just-In-Time Training, Cybersecurity Training Forum (CSTF), Ottawa, ON, 18 October 2021, Invited Panelist
  • B. Shust, S.P. Leblanc, Introduction to Cyber Operations, CFSCE - BSOC, Kingston, ON, 22 July 2021, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • G.S. Knight, S.P. Leblanc, Cybersecurity Planning in Joint Operations Planning - Coordination and Assessment, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia (virtual), 27 January 2021, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • G.S. Knight, S.P. Leblanc, Introduction to Cybersecurity Planning in Joint Operations, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia (virtual), 26 January 2021, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, Best Organizational Practices - Basic Personnal Cyber Hygiene, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia (virtual), 30 November 2020, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, Best Organizational Practices - Holistic Organizational Approach", École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia (virtual), 30 November 2020, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • G.S. Knight, S.P. Leblanc, Introduction to Cybersecurity Planning in Joint Operations, Iraqi War College, Bagdhad, Iraq (virtual), 2 December 2020, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • G.S. Knight, S.P. Leblanc, Cybersecurity Planning in Joint Operations Planning - Coordination and Assessment, École supérieure de guerre, Bagdhad, Iraq (virtual), 2 December 2020, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • B. Shust, S.P. Leblanc, Introduction to Cyber Operations, CFSCE - BSOC, Kingston, ON, 29 October 2020, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • A. Lemay, S.P. Leblanc, Operational Tempo in Cyber Operations, 18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ECCWS 2018), Coimbra, Portugal, 5 July 2019
  • S.P. Leblanc, M.A. Hennessy, Best Organizational Practices - Basic Personal Cyber Hygiene, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia, 16 April 2019, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • S.P. Leblanc, M.A. Hennessy, Best Organizational Practices - Holistic Organizational Approach, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia, 16 April 2019, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • M.A. Hennessy, S.P. Leblanc, Introduction to Cybersecurity Planning in Joint Operations, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia, 16 April 2019, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • M.A. Hennessy, S.P. Leblanc, Cybersecurity Planning in Joint Operations Planning - Coordination and Assessment, École supérieure de guerre, Tunis, Tunisia, 16 April 2019, Invited Subject Matter Expert
  • S. Knight, S. Leblanc, Design It, Build It, Defend It– Using Cyber Exercises in the Education of Cyber Forces, Cyber Storm International Conference, Canberra, Australia, 19 February 2019. Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, T. Perkins, Preparing for the Cyber Storm Using Simulation – A Survey of Simulation in Support of Cyber Preparedness, Canberra, Australia, 19 February 2019. Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Copying with Cyber Killchains, Cyber Domain Indoctrination Course, Kingston, ON, 13 February 2019. Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Mission Assurance - An Adversary's Perspective, Army Council, Ottawa, ON, 29 November 2019. Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, R.W. Smith, Cyber Mission Assurance Table-Top Exercise, Canadian Army Cyber Mision Assurance Workshop, Ottawa, ON, 27 November 2018. Invited Exercise Director
  • S.P. Leblanc, Copying with Cyber Killchains, Canadian Army Cyber Mision Assurance Workshop, Ottawa, ON, 27 November 2018. Invited Keynote Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Cyber – Mission Assurance – The Looming Challenge, 2nd Annual C&E Cyber Symposium, Kingston, ON, 31 October 2018. Invited Panel Moderator
  • V. Kopeytsev, S.P. Leblanc, R. Zak, G.Kesidis, The Challenges of Managing Security in the Age of Product and Services Overload, 13th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2018), Nantucket, MA, 22 October 2018. Invited Panellist
  • S.P. Leblanc, Is eval () Evil : A study of JavaScript in PDF malware, 13th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2018), Nantucket, MA, 22 October 2018
  • M.J. Michaud, S.P., Leblanc, Attacking OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) Based Real-Time Mission Critical Distributed Systems, 13th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software (MALCON 2018), Nantucket, MA, 23 October 2018
  • S.P. Leblanc, Cyber Security in a DND/CAF Context, Garrison Community Council - London Area, London, ON, 9 May 2018. Invited Keynote Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Threats to Military Cyber Physical Systems, AMS LFTSP/ATWOP, Kingston, ON, 23 March 2018. Invited Speaker
  • A. Lemay, S. Leblanc, Cognitive Biases in Cyber Decision-Making, 13th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, Washington, DC, 8-10 March 2018
  • S.P. Leblanc, J. Paquet, Perspectives on CDX', Air Cyber Mission Assurance Workshop, Ottawa, ON, 18 January 2018, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, The Recruitment/Training Challenge for Cyber Organizations, C&E Association Cyber Symposium, Kingston, ON, 26 October 2017. Invited Panel Moderator
  • A. Lemay, S. Leblanc, Affecting Freedom of Action in Cyber Space: Subtle Effects and Skilled Operators, 12th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, Dayton, OH, 2 March 2017
  • S.P. Leblanc, Threats to Military Cyber Physical Systems - A Serious Lack of Integrity, CAF/DND Information Assurance Symposium, Ottawa, ON, 28 November 2016, Invited Keynote Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Cyber Operations Primer, CAF Cyber Operations Staff Officers Course, Kingston, ON, 4 November 2016. Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Military Cyber Research in Canada, 21st Internation Symposium on Military Science (ISMS), Yokosuka, Japan, 2-3 July 2016, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Lessons from the Strategic Corporal: Implications of Cyber Incident Response, ACM SIGMIS-CPR '15, Newport Beach, CA. 5 June 2015
  • S.P. Leblanc, The Canadian Forces Cyber Operations Concepts, NSERC ISSNet Summer Security Week, Calgary, AB, 16 July 2013, Invited Speaker
  • S.P., Leblanc, Thoughts on a Human Resources Framework for the Canadian Forces Cyber Force, Canadian Forces Information Operations Group Headquarters, Leithrim, ON, 23 November 2012, Invited Speaker
  • S.P., Leblanc, An Introduction to Cyber Operations, Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics, Kingston, ON, 19 November2012, Invited Speaker
  • Karademir, S.A., Leblanc, S.P., Dean, T.R., Clone Detection of JavaScript-based Malware, Consortium for Software Engineering Research, Toronto, ON, 4 November 2012
  • Bernier, M., Leblanc, S., Morton, B., Metrics Framework of Cyber Operations on Command Control, 11th European Conference on Cyber Warfare (EICW'12), Laval, France, 6 July 2012
  • Morton, B., Leblanc, S., Bernier, M., Simulation Approach for Military Cyber Operations, 11th European Conference on Cyber Warfare (EICW'12), Laval, France, 5 July 2012
  • S.P., Leblanc, Advances in Deception, TrendMicro Expert Seminar Series, Ottawa, ON, 12 June 2012, Invited Speaker
  • S.P., Leblanc, Responding to Advanced Persistent Threats in Critical Infrastructure, Critical Infrastructure Cyber Seuciryt Conference, Ottawa, ON, 7 June 2012, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Introduction to Computer Network Operations, Land Forces Technical Staff Course, Kingston, ON, 17 November 2012, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Network Operations Panel, Network Operations Symposium, Kingston, ON, 26-27 September 2012, Panelist
  • S.P. Leblanc, CNO in Today's Operating Environment, Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics - Advanced Tactical Command, Control and Information Systems/Advanced SignalPlanner Courses, Kingston, ON, 8 February 2011 Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, CNO in Today's Operating Environment, Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics - Advanced Tactical Command, Control and Information Systems/Advanced Signal Planner Courses, Kingston, ON, 8 February 2011, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Thinking about CNO, Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, Trenton, ON, 1 December 2011, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, An Introduction to Computer Network Operations, Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics CNO Focus Seminar, Kingston, ON, 14 September 2010, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, When Not to Pull the Plug - The Need for Network Counter-Surveillance Operations, Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence Conference on Cyber Warfare, Talin, Estonia, 17-19 June 2009
  • S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, Keeping contact with Attackers to Better Defend Networks, Privacy Security and Trust (2005), St-Andrews, NS, 13 October 2005, Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Simulation of Armoured Vehicle Defencive Aid Suites, Meeting of the Canadian Operation Research Society – Kingston Chapter, Kingston ON, 27 June 2005. Invited Speaker
  • S.P. Leblanc, Modelling Computer User Behaviour as a Means of Collecting Intelligence Data, 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Operations Research Society, Halifax N.S., 16-18 May 2005
  • G. Smith, D. McIntyre, S.P. Leblanc, Modelling Armoured Vehicle Defensives Aid Suites for Use in Simulation Software, 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Operations Research Society, Halifax N.S., 16-18 May 2005
  • S.P. Leblanc, G.S. Knight, Engaging the Adversary as a Viable Response to Network Intrusion, Workshop on Cyber Infrastructure – Emergency Preparedness Aspects (2005), University of Ottawa, ON. 22 April 2005
  • S.P. Leblanc, Reliability Estimation of Hierarchical Software Systems, Proceedings of the Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Seattle, Washington, January 2002

Technical Reports

  • Nolet, C., (S.P. Leblanc ed.), A Survey of Vehicle Platform Communications Protocols and Security Research related to Combat Vehicle architectures, ECE-2019-01, Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory, June 2019
  • Potvin, M., (S.P. Leblanc ed.), Literature Review of Authenticating and Securing Communications on the Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus, ECE2019-02, Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory, June 2019
  • Bernard, C., Leblanc, S.P., Application of Network Security Monitoring to the MIL-STD-1553 Data Bus, ECE-2017-02, Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory, November 2017
  • Michaud M.J., Leblanc S.P., Vulnerability Analysis of the OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS), ECE-2017-01 Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory
  • Sylvain Paul Leblanc, A Synthetic User Environment for Network Counter-Surveillance Operations - Automatic Generation of Human Interface Device Events, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Ph.D. Thesis supervised by Dr. Scott Knight, April 2014
  • Leblanc, S.P., Human Resource Issues Currently Affecting the Development of the CF Cyber Force. ECE-2013-01 Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory
  • Leblanc, S.P., Morton B., An Overview of Cyber Attack and Computer Network Operation Simulation - Version 2.0. ECE-2011-02 Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory
  • Partington A., Leblanc, S.P., A Taxonomy of Cyber Attacks for Use in Computer Network Attack Modelling and Simulation. ECE-2010-03 Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory
  • Partington A., Leblanc, S.P., An Overview of Cyber Attack and Computer Network Operation Simulation. ECE-2010-02 Royal Military College of Canada Computer Security Laboratory
  • Hutter, J.L., Leblanc, S.P., Survey of Business Process Modelling Techniques for a Network Intrusion Detection Organization, Technical Report ECE-2010-01, RMC Computer Security Laboratory
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