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Computer Science Department Colloquium Series Presents Shuang Hao


“Data-Driven Techniques Against Cybercrime Operations “

 Shuang Hao

University of California, Santa Barbara



Modern day cybercrime has become a heavy burden on the Internet ecosystem and caused increasing loss to end users, ranging from scam websites to message abuse to compromises of bank accounts. The explosive growth of online services and user-generated data facilitate the engagement in illegal activities. Mitigating emerging threats requires both gathering empirical measurements to understand the operation logistics of attacks and developing practical defense mechanisms.

In this talk, I will describe my work on using data-driven approaches to detect and disrupt cybercrime operations. First, I will present PREDATOR, a proactive DNS reputation system that we developed to detect malicious domains early, at time-of-registration, rather than later at time-of-use. I will then describe two of our studies on mitigating misuse of cloud services for illicit web hosting and disrupting a monetization scheme that cybercriminals rely on to turn stolen credit cards into cash. Finally, I will briefly discuss other threats and highlight the potential of leveraging data aggregated from various vantage points to address a wide range of security and privacy problems.



Shuang Hao is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara working with Prof. Christopher Kruegel and Prof. Giovanni Vigna. His research interests include anomaly detection, underground economics, DNS analysis, and web and mobile security. His research uses data-driven techniques to measure and detect attacks and vulnerabilities in networking and distributed systems. His work has been covered by various major media including MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Slashdot, and KrebsOnSecurity. He was awarded the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program Award. He obtained his Ph.D. in the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Nick Feamster.

         Date:        Friday, March 10th, 2017

         Time:       1:30pm to 2:30pm

         Location:  ECS South 2.102 TI Auditorium

         Refreshments will be served at 1:15 pm