My current research is focused on illegal activities on the Internet such as spam and vectors of malware propagation.
Previously, I studied Computer Science at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
CCS, October 2012., Grier, Ballard, Caballero, Chachra, Dietrich, Levchenko, Mavrommatis, McCoy, Nappa, Pitsillidis, Provos, Rafique, Rajab, Rossow, Thomas, Paxson, Savage, Voelker.
I built a crawler in Python to download software from Bittorrent to study if it was a vector for spreading malware. For legal reasons, I also hacked Rasterbar's Libtorrent, a C++ Bittorrent client to download data without uploading any. The crawler ran continuously for 6 months and downloaded about 5TB of data. I am more proud of the DMCA I received though.
CSET, August 2011., Kanich, Chachra, McCoy, Grier, Wang, Motoyama, Levchenko, Savage, Veolker.
Click Trajectories: End-to-End Analysis of the Spam Value Chain , Levchenko, Chachra, Enright, Felegyhazi, Grier, Halvorson, Kanich, Kreibich, Liu, McCoy, Pitsillidis, Weaver, Paxson, Voelker, Stefan Savage. Oakland, May 2011.
I built a high-fidelity 40-node distributed Web crawler using Python to control instrumented Firefox instances. The crawler visits and captures information about spam-advertised Web pages. The crawler has been up for almost 2 years with very little downtime. The standalone version of the crawler, called Stallone, is on Github.
I developed a mobile phone application application for portable devices that played relevant clips based on the user's GPS coordinates. We used .NET Compact Framework in the good old days.
I have a few hobbies. I cycle through various activities such as squash, tennis, ping-pong, hiking, biking, dancing, jewellery making, painting, reading, traveling, and other artsy activities. Oh, I am currently learning Spanish, too!
As a CSE Graduate Student Association Coordinator, I also get to coordinate events, parties, and spend money on things such as a pool table for our department.In college, I debated seriously enough to become the Vice Captain of the Inter Varsity Debate Team, though it is but a thing of the past now.
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