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Text Revealer: Private Text Reconstruction via Model Inversion...

Author
Ruisi Zhang, Seira Hidano, Farinaz Koushanfar
Category
cs.CL
Date Published
2022/09/21
Date Retrieved
2022/09/22
Date Updated
2022/09/22
Description
Text classification has become widely used in various natural language processing applications like sentiment analysis. Current applications often use large transformer-based language models to classify input texts. However, there is a lack of systematic study on how much private information can be inverted when publishing models. In this paper, we formulate \emph{Text Revealer} -- the first model inversion attack for text reconstruction against text classification with transformers. Our attacks faithfully reconstruct private texts included in training data with access to the target model. We leverage an external dataset and GPT-2 to generate the target domain-like fluent text, and then perturb its hidden state optimally with the feedback from the target model. Our extensive experiments demonstrate that our attacks are effective for datasets with different text lengths and can reconstruct private texts with accuracy.
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URL
https://arxiv.org/abs/2209.10505
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