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CSE Colloquium: Amin Kharraz
March 12, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-5
Speaker: Amin Kharraz, Postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Date: Thursday, March 12 Time: 11-12pm Location: HBL Video Theater 2 Title: Ransomware, Scams, Cryptojacking: A data-driven approach to systems security Organized cybercrime occurs in different forms and has become more frequent and consequential. How do we quickly, accurately, and comprehensively identify these threats? How can we reduce the attack surface and improve defensive agility? The necessary steps to make meaningful progress and answer these questions require integrating 1) a variety of scientifically rigorous empirical methods including user studies, machine learning, and code analysis to translate an abstract concept into quantifiable information, and 2) data-driven approaches to enhance the agility of defenders to respond to these attacks. In this talk, I will highlight the contribution of empirical methods to systems security with three examples from my work. I present systems to uncover and explore three large-scale adversarial activities including ransomware, online scams, and in-browser covert cryptomining. I illustrate how data-driven approaches offer empirical techniques to study contemporary security incidents by exposing underlying aspects of these threats, leading to more effective defensive techniques and security models that are more closely aligned with today’s cybersecurity landscape. Bio: Amin Kharraz is a Postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amin’s research interests are broadly in the areas of empirical systems security and privacy. His research seeks to create solutions to study cybercrime, evaluate the security and privacy implications of emerging technologies, and improve responding to associated threats in a scalable and reliable manner. His work spans various topics, from browser security to malware protection. His research has been distinguished with a Best Paper Award at the Web Conference (WWW) in 2019.