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PhD in Computer Science

University of California, Santa Barbara

gianluca@cs.ucsb.edu

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ABOUT ME

I recently completed a PhD in Computer Science at University of California, Santa Barbara. During my PhD I worked in the Computer Security Lab, advised by Professors Christopher Kruegel and Giovanni Vigna.

In September 2014 I will join the faculty at University College London as a Lecturer (~Assistant Professor) in the Departments of Computer Science and Security and Crime Science.

MY RESEARCH

My research interests span various fields of computer security, in particular social network security, web security, botnet mitigation, and cyber crime analysis.

In my PhD dissertation I studied the different ways in which malicious and legitimate users use online services (such as social networks, web-based email services, and blogs), and I developed mitigation techniques that leverage such differences to detect malicious activity. You can find my dissertation here.

A while ago I wrote a document that summarizes the existing research on botnet and spam mitigation. I believe it is a useful reference for those who want to start doing research in these fields.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Shady Paths: Leveraging Surfing Crowds to Detect Malicious Web Pages
Gianluca Stringhini, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna
ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security (CCS), 2013
Follow the Green: Growth and Dynamics in Twitter Followers Markets
Gianluca Stringhini, Gang Wang, Manuel Egele, Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna, Ben Y. Zhao, and Haitao Zheng
Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2013
COMPA: Detecting Compromised Accounts on Social Networks
Manuel Egele, Gianluca Stringhini, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna
ISOC Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2013
B@bel: Leveraging Email Delivery for Spam Mitigation
Gianluca Stringhini, Manuel Egele, Apostolis Zarras, Thorsen Holz, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna
USENIX Security Symposium, 2012
BotMagnifier: Locating Spambots on the Internet
Gianluca Stringhini, Thorsten Holz, Brett Stone-Gross, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna
USENIX Security Symposium, 2011
Detecting Spammers on Social Networks
Gianluca Stringhini, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna
Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), 2010


RECENT NEWS

Our paper "The Dark Alleys of Madison Avenue: Understanding Malicious Advertisements" was accepted at IMC 2014

I am honored to receive the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Department of Computer Science at UCSB

Our paper "The Tricks of the Trade: What Makes Spam Campaigns Successful?" was accepted at IWCC 2014

Our paper "The Harvester, the Botmaster, and the Spammer: On the Relations Between the Different Actors in the Spam Landscape" was accepted at AsiaCCS 2014

Our paper "Stranger Danger: Exploring the Ecosystem of Ad-based URL Shortening Services" was accepted at WWW 2014

Our paper "Shady Paths: Leveraging Surfing Crowds to Detect Malicious Web Pages" was accepted at CCS 2013

Our paper "Follow the Green: Growth and Dynamics in Twitter Followers Markets" was accepted at IMC 2013

© Gianluca Stringhini 2014