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Damon McCoy

Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department
Tandon School of Engineering
New York University

E-Mail: mccoy@nyu.edu
Office: 10.074 2 Metro Tech
Mail: 2 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA


My research focuses on empirically measuring the security and privacy of technology systems and their intersections with society. Some of my current projects explore the socio-economics of e-crime, censorship evasion, anonymous communication, cyber-physical systems. More generally, I am interested in exploring and improving the security and privacy of large-scale systems.

Recent Publications
Under the Shadow of Sunshine: Understanding and Detecting Bulletproof Hosting on Legitimate Service Provider Networks
Sumayah Alrwais, Xiaojing Liao, Xianghang Mi, Peng Wang, XiaoFeng Wang, Feng Qian, Raheem Beyah, and Damon McCoy
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland), San Jose, CA, May 2017.

To Catch a Ratter: Monitoring the Behavior of Amateur DarkComet RAT Operators in the Wild
Brown Farinholt, Mohammad Rezaeirad, Paul Pearce, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Haikuo Yin, Stevens Le Blond, Damon McCoy, and Kirill Levchenko
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland), San Jose, CA, May 2017.

Automated Analysis of Cybercriminal Markets
Rebecca S Portnoff, Sadia Afroz, Greg Durrett, Jonathan K Kummerfeld, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Damon McCoy, Kirill Levchenko and Vern Paxson
Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Perth, Australia, April 2017.

Investigating Commercial Pay-Per-Install and the Distribution of Unwanted Software
Kurt Thomas, Juan A. Elices Crespo, Ryan Rasti, Jean-Michel Picod, Cait Phillips, Marc-Andre Decoste, Chris Sharp, Fabio Tirelo, Ali Tofigh, Marc-Antoine Courteau, Lucas Ballard, Robert Shield, Nav Jagpal, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Niels Provos, Elie Bursztein, and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Austin, TX, August 2016.

You've Got Vulnerability: Exploring Effective Vulnerability Notifications
Frank Li, Zakir Durumeric, Jakub Czyz, Mohammad Karami, Michael Bailey, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, and Vern Paxson
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Austin, TX, August 2016.

A Security Analysis of an In Vehicle Infotainment and App Platform
Sahar Mazloom, Mohammad Rezaeirad, Aaron Hunter, and Damon McCoy
10th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT), Austin, TX , August 2016.

Deterring Financially Motivated Cybercrime
Zachary K. Goldman and Damon McCoy
Journal of National Security Law and Policy, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2016.

Profiling Underground Merchants Based on Network Behavior
Srikanth Sundaresan, Damon McCoy, Sadia Afroz, and Vern Paxson
Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime), Toronto, Canada, June 2016.

Stress Testing the Booters: Understanding and Undermining the Business of DDoS Services
Mohammad Karami, Youngsam Park and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Montreal, Canada, April 2016.

Characterizing Long-tail SEO Spam on Cloud Web Hosting Services
Xiaojing Liao, Chang Liu, Damon McCoy, Elaine Shi and Raheem Beyah
Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Montreal, Canada, April 2016.

Understanding Craigslist Rental Scams
Youngsam Park, Damon McCoy and Elaine Shi
Proceedings of Financial Cryptography and Data Security Conference (FC), Barbados, February 2016.

Stressing Out: Bitcoin "Stress Testing"
Khaled Baqer, Danny Yuxing Huang, Damon McCoy and Nicholas Weaver
Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research (BITCOIN), Barbados, February 2016.

Do You See What I See: Differential Treatment of Anonymous Users
Sheharbano Khattak, David Fifield, Sadia Afroz, Mobin Javed, Srikanth Sundaresan, Vern Paxson, Steven J. Murdoch, and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 2016.

Fuzzing E-mail Filters with Generative Grammars and N-Gram Analysis
Sean Palka and Damon McCoy
9th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT 15), Washington, D.C., August 2015

Framing Dependencies Introduced by Underground Commoditization
Kurt Thomas, Danny Huang, David Wang, Elie Bursztein, Chris Grier, Thomas J. Holt, Christopher Kruegel, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Giovanni Vigna
Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, Amsterdam, NL, June 2015

Ad Injection at Scale: Assessing Deceptive Advertisement Modifications
Kurt Thomas, Elie Bursztein, Chris Grier, Grant Ho, Nav Jagpal, Alexandros Kapravelos, Damon McCoy, Antonio Nappa, Vern Paxson, Paul Pearce, Niels Provos, Moheeb Abu Rajab
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland 2014), San Jose, CA, May 2015.

Dynamic Phishing Content Using Generative Grammars
Sean Palka and Damon Mccoy
Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Security Testing, Graz, Austria, April 2015

"I Saw Images I Didn't Even Know I Had:" Understanding User Perceptions of Cloud Storage Privacy
Jason W. Clark, Peter Snyder, Damon McCoy, Chris Kanich
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Seoul, Korea, April 2015

Full Publication List
Periwinkle Doerfler
Laura Edelson
Mohammad Rezaeirad

Mohammad Karami (PhD 2016) Google
Sean Palka (PhD 2015) Booz Allen Hamilton
Jason Clark (PhD 2014) CMU SEI
Hitesh Dharmdasani (MS 2013) FireEye
CS 468 (Secure Programming and Systems) Spring 2014 (GMU)
ISA 656 (Network Security) Fall 2013 (GMU)
ISA 656 (Network Security) Spring 2013 (GMU)
CS 795-004/ISA 797-002 (Cyber Crime) Fall 2012
ISA 656 (Network Security) Spring 2012

Program Committees
Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses (RAID) Symposium 2014
23rd USENIX Security Symposium (SECURITY) 2014
Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC) 2013
Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses (RAID) Symposium 2013
Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2013
Usenix Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET) 2012
Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2012
IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing System 2012
ACM Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing and Services 2011
Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2011