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Damon McCoy


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

E-Mail: mccoy@nyu.edu
Office: 10.082 2 Metro Tech
Mail: 2 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

NYU

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
A Study on Online Political Advertising
Victor Le Pochat, Laura Edelson, Tom Van Goethem, Wouter Joosen, Damon McCoy, Tobias Lauinger
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, August 2022

Understanding Engagement with (Mis)Information News Sources on Facebook
Laura Edelson, Minh-Kha Nguyen, Ian Goldstein, Oana Goga, Damon McCoy, Tobias Lauinger
ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2021

A Large-Scale Characterization of Online Incitements to Harassment Across Platforms
Max Aliapoulios, Kejsi Take, Prashanth Ramakrishna, Daniel Borkan, Beth Goldberg, Jeffrey Sorensen, Anna Turner, Rachel Greenstadt, Tobias Lauinger, Damon McCoy
ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), November 2021

"I'm a Professor, which isn't usually a dangerous job": Internet-Facilitated Harassment and its Impact on Researchers
Periwinkle Doerfler, Andrea Forte, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn, Damon McCoy
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Issue CSCW, 2021

Swiped: Analyzing Ground-truth Data of a Marketplace for Stolen Debit and Credit Cards
Maxwell Aliapoulios, Cameron Ballard, Rasika Bhalerao, Tobias Lauinger, Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, August 2021

SoK: Hate, Harassment, and the Changing Landscape of Online Abuse
Kurt Thomas, Devdatta Akhawe, Michael Bailey, Dan Boneh, Elie Bursztein, Sunny Consolvo, Nicola Dell, Zakir Durumeric, Patrick Gage Kelley, Deepak Kumar, Damon McCoy, Sarah Meiklejohn, Thomas Ristenpart, Gianluca Stringhini.
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland), May 2021

Dark Web Marketplaces and COVID-19: before the vaccine
Alberto Bracci, Matthieu Nadini, Maxwell Aliapoulios, Damon McCoy, Ian Gray, Alexander Teytelboym, Angela Gallo, Andrea Baronchelli
EPJ Data Science, 2021

"So-called privacy breeds evil": Narrative Justifications for Intimate Partner Surveillance in Online Forums.
Rosanna Bellini, Emily Tseng, Nora McDonald, Rachel Greenstadt, Damon McCoy, Thomas Ristenpart, Nicola Dell
ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Issue CSCW, 2021

Understanding Incentivized Mobile App Installs on Google Play Store
Shehroze Farooqi, Alvaro Feal, Tobias Lauinger, Damon McCoy, Zubair Shafiq, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez
Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), October 2020

The Tools and Tactics Used in Intimate Partner Surveillance: An Analysis of Online Infidelity Forums
Emily Tseng, Rosanna Bellini, Nora McDonald, Matan Danos, Rachel Greenstadt, Damon McCoy, Nicola Dell, Thomas Ristenpart
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, August 2020

A Security Analysis of the Facebook Ad Library
Laura Edelson, Tobias Lauinger, Damon McCoy
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland), San Francisco, CA, May 2020

The Many Kinds of Creepware Used for Interpersonal Attacks
Kevin A. Roundy, Paula Barmaimon Mendelberg, Nicola Dell, Damon McCoy, Daniel Nissani, Thomas Ristenpart, and Acar Tamersoy
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland), San Francisco, CA, May 2020

The Pod People: Understanding Manipulation of Social Media Popularity via Reciprocity Abuse
Janith Weerasinghe, Bailey Flanigan, Aviel Stein, Damon McCoy, and Rachel Greenstadt
Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW), April 2020

Dark Matter: Uncovering the DarkComet RAT Ecosystem
Brown Farinholt, Mohammad Rezaeirad, Damon McCoy, and Kirill Levchenko
Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW), April 2020

Full Publication List
Students
PhD
Maxwell Aliapoulios
Cameron Ballard
Rasika Bhalerao
Bruno Coelho
Laura Edelson
Ian Gray
Ian Goldstein
Paz Grimberg
Rafael Martinez

Graduated
Periwinkle Doerfler (PhD 2021) Facebook
Ryan Brunt (MS 2019) Goldman Sacks
Mohammad Rezaeirad (PhD 2019) Blue Cross Blue Shield -> Goldman Sacks
Mohammad Karami (PhD 2016) Google
Sean Palka (PhD 2015) Booz Allen Hamilton -> CrowdStrike
Jason Clark (PhD 2014) CMU SEI->Raytheon
Hitesh Dharmdasani (MS 2013) FireEye -> Informant Networks
Teaching
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