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.
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.
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