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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 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

Mapping the Underground: Supervised Discovery of Cybercrime Supply Chains
Rasika Bhalerao, Maxwell Aliapoulios, Ilia Shumailov, Sadia Afroz, Damon McCoy
IEEE APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime), Pittsburgh, PA, November 2019

Platforms in Everything: Analyzing Ground-Truth Data on the Anatomy and Economics of Bullet-Proof Hosting
Arman Noroozian, Jan Koenders, Eelco van Veldhuizen, Carlos H. Ganan, Sumayah Alrwais, Damon McCoy, and Michel van Eeten
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Santa Clara, CA, August 2019

Clinical Computer Security for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
Sam Havron, Diana Freed, Rahul Chatterjee, Damon McCoy, Nicola Dell, and Thomas Ristenpart
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Santa Clara, CA, August 2019

Reading the Tea Leaves: A Comparative Analysis of Threat Intelligence
Vector Guo Li, Matthew Dunn, Paul Pearce, Damon McCoy, Geoffrey M. Voelker, Stefan Savage, and Kirill Levchenko
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Santa Clara, CA, August 2019

Iniquitous Cord-Cutting:An Analysis of Infringing IPTV Services
Prakhar Pandey, Maxwell Aliapoulios and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the Workshop on Attackers and Cyber-Crime Operations (WACCO), Stockholm, Sweden, June 2019

Evaluating Login Challenges as a Defense Against Account Takeover
Periwinkle Doerfler, Maija Marincenko, Juri Ranieri, Yu Jiang, Angelika Moscicki, Damon McCoy, and Kurt Thomas
Proceedings of the Web Conference (WWW), San Francisco, CA, May 2019

Peeling the Onion's User Experience Layer: Examining Naturalistic Use of the Tor Browser
Kevin Gallagher, Sameer Patil, Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, Damon McCoy, Nasir Memon
ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Toronto, Canada, October 2018

Schrodinger's RAT: Profiling the Stakeholders in the Remote Access Trojan Ecosystem
Mohammad Rezaeirad, Brown Farinholt, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Paul Pearce, Kirill Levchenko, and Damon McCoy
USENIX Security, Baltimore, MD, August 2018

Tracking Ransomware End-to-end
Danny Yuxing Huang, Maxwell Matthaios Aliapoulios, Vector Guo Li, Luca Invernizzi, Kylie McRoberts, Elie Bursztein, Jonathan Levin, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren, Damon McCoy
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland), San Francisco, CA, May 2018

The Spyware Used in Intimate Partner Violence
Rahul Chatterjee, Periwinkle Doerfler, Hadas Orgad, Sam Havron, Jackeline Palmer, Diana Freed, Karen Levy, Nicola Dell, Damon McCoy, and Thomas Ristenpart
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland), San Francisco, CA, May 2018

Bullet-Proof Payment Processors
Hongwei Tian, Stephen M. Gaffigan, D. Sean West, and Damon McCoy
IEEE APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime), San Diego, CA, May 2018

Full Publication List
Students
PhD
Maxwell Aliapoulios
Cameron Ballard
Rasika Bhalerao
Periwinkle Doerfler
Laura Edelson
Paz Grimberg

Graduated
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
Jason Clark (PhD 2014) CMU SEI
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