Stefan Savage

Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of California, San Diego


Office: EBU3B 3106
Email: savage AT cs.ucsd.edu
Mail:

UCSD Dept of CSE

9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0404,

La Jolla, CA  92093-0404

Voice (858)-822-4895
FAX (858)-534-7029
Systems and Networking Group

Security Group


What's new? 

I started thinking about updating the what's new section.

Slides from an invited talk I gave at NDSS 2005 titled "Internet Outbreaks: Epidemiology and Defenses.

Kaia Savage was new back on 7/29/2004.

Cole Savage was the newest thing around back on 2/9/2002.

The Overnet host availability traces from our '02 IPTPS paper are available here.

The Denial-of-Service backscatter traces used in our '01 Usenix Security paper are available here.

Recent publications

Characterizing Large-Scale Click Fraud in ZeroAccess, Paul Pearce, Vacha Dave, Chris Grier, Kirill Levchenko, Saikat Guha, Damon McCoy, Vern Paxson, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Scotsdale, Arizona, November 2014.

On The Security of Mobile Cockpit Information Systems, Devin Lundberg, Brown Farinholt, Edward Sullivan, Ryan Mast, Stephen Checkoway, Stefan Savage, Alex C. Snoeren, and Kirill Levchenko, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Scotsdale, Arizona, November 2014.

Search + Seizure: The Effectiveness of Interventions on SEO Campaigns, David Wang, Matthew Der, Mohammad Karami, Lawrence Saul, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2014.

Handcrafted Fraud and Extortion: Manual Account Hijacking in the Wild, Borbala Benko, Elie Bursztein, Daniel Margolis, Tadek Pietraszek, Andy Archer, Allan Aquino, Andreas Pitsillidis, and Stefan Savage, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2014.

Knock It Off: Profiling the Online Storefronts of Counterfeit Merchandise, Matthew Der, Lawrence K. Saul, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD Conference, Washington D.C., August 2014.

Empirically Characterizing Domain Abuse and the Revenue Impact of Blacklisting, Neha Chachra, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS), State College, PA, June 2014.

XXXtortion? Inferring Registration Intent in the .XXX TLD, Tristan Halvorson, Kirill Levchenko, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Seoul, Korea, April 2014.

Botcoin: Monetizing Stolen Cycles, Danny Yuxing Huang, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Sarah Meiklejohn, Vacha Dave, Chris Grier, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Nicholas Weaver, Alex C. Snoeren, and Kirill Levchenko, Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 2014.

A Fistful of Bitcoins: Characterizing Payments Among Men with No Names, Sarah Meiklejohn, Marjori Pomarole, Grant Jordan, Kirill Levchenko, Damon McCoy, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and Stefan Savage, USENIX ;login: 38(6), December 2013.

A Comparison of Syslog and IS-IS for Monitoring Link State, Daniel Turner, Kirill Levchenko, Stefan Savage, and Alex C. Snoeren, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 2013.

A Fistful of Bitcoins: Characterizing Payments Among Men with No Names, Sarah Meiklejohn, Marjori Pomarole, Grant Jordan, Kirill Levchenko, Damon McCoy, Geoffrey M. Voelker, and Stefan Savage, Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 2013.

Measuring the Practical Impact of DNSSEC Deployment, Wilson Lian, Eric Rescorla, Hovav Shacham, and Stefan Savage, Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Washington D.C., August 2013.

Juice: A Longitudinal Study of an SEO Campaign, David Wang, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 2013.

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Research  

I'm part of the Systems & Networking and Security research groups. My interests are all over the map, ranging from the economics of e-crime, to characterizing availability, to automotive systems to routing protocols, data center virtualization and back again. I have very broad interests (i.e. try me if you have a crazy idea).

Students  
Neha Chachra
Matthew Der
Tristan Halvorson
Wilson Lian
He Liu (Lonnie)
Sarah Meiklejohn
David Wang
Danny Anderson (MS)
Stephan Chenette (MS)
Erik Buchanan (MS)
Grant Jordan (MS)

Daniel Turner (Ph.D., 2013)→TurboSquid
Andreas Pitsillidis (Ph.D., 2013)→ Google
Chris Kanich (Ph.D., 2012)→ University of Illinois, Chicago
Damon McCoy (postdoc 2009-2011) → George Mason University
Marti Motoyama (Ph.D., 2011)→ FitBit
Michael Vrable (Ph.D., 2011) → Google
Sushma Bannur (M.S., 2011) → Microsoft
Kourosh Derakshan (M.S., 2011) → Qualcomm
Justin Ma (Ph.D., 2010) → Berkeley Postdoc → Google
Ge "Grace" Wang (M.S., 2010) → Qualcomm
Ryan Roemer (M.S., 2009) → Microsoft → IP Street
Kirill Levchenko (Ph.D., 2008) → UCSD Research Scientist
David Moore (2008) → Cisco
Varun Almaula (M.S., 2008) → Cisco
Yu-Chung Cheng (Ph.D., 2007) → Google
Alper Mizrak (Ph.D., 2007) → VmWare
John Bellardo (Ph.D., 2006) → Cal Poly SLO
Sumeet Singh (2006) → NetSift → Cisco
Chris Tuttle (M.S., 2006) → Google
Ishwar Ramani (M.S., 2005) → Juniper Networks → VUDU → Wal-Mart
Ranjita Bhagwan (Ph.D., 2004) → IBM Research → Microsoft Research
Doug Brown (M.S., 2003) → NYU Law School → Asst U.S. Attorney → Chapin Fitzgerald Sillivan and Bottini LLP
Teaching  
Fall 14: CSE 221 Graduate Operating Systems
Fall 12: CSE 127 Computer Security
Spring 12: CSE 127 Computer Security
Winter 12: CSE 227 Computer Security
Fall 11: CSE 123 Computing Networking
Spring 11: IRGN 490 Cyber Security (w/Peter Cowhey), Gardner Room, IR/PS
Spring 10: CSE 227 Computer Security
Fall 09: CSE 123 Computing Networking
Fall 08: CSE 291 Internet Crime (grad seminar)
Spring 08: CSE 127 Computer Security (undergraduate)
Winter 08: CSE 227 Computer Security (graduate)
Fall 07: CSE 294 Systems and Networking Graduate Seminar
Spring 07: CSE 294 Systems and Networking Graduate Seminar
Spring 07: CSE 127 Computer Security
Winter 07: CSE 227 Computer Security (graduate)
Fall 06: CSE 294 Systems and Networking Graduate Seminar
Winter 06: CSE 127 Computer Security
Fall 05: CSE 123a Computer Networks
Fall 05: CSE 294 Systems and Networking Graduate Seminar
Spring 05: CSE 127 Computer Security
Spring 05: CSE 294 Systems and Networking Graduate Seminar
Winter 05: CSE 123a Computer Networks
Spring 04: CSE 123b Communications Software
Fall 03: CSE 221 Graduate Operating Systems
Spring 03: CSE 123b Communications Software
Winter 03: CSE 294 Systems and Networking Graduate Seminar
Winter 03: CSE 222 Computer Communications Networks
Spring 02: CSE 291 Topics in Wide Area Networking: Peer-to-Peer Systems
Spring 02: CSE 123b Communications Software
Fall 01: CSE 222 Computer Communications Networks
Winter 01:  CSE 291E  Selected Topics in Wide Area Networking.  
Professional Activities
Program Committee, 2012 USENIX Symposium on Operating System Design and Implementation (OSDI)
Program Committee, 2011 ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Program Committee, 2011 USENIX LEET Workshop
Program Committee, 2010 USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI)
Program Committee, 2010 USENIX LEET Workshop
Program Committee, 2009 ACM Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP)
Program Committee, 2009 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
Program Co-chair, 2008 ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Steering Committee,
2008-present USENIX LEET Workshop
Program Committe, 2008 USENIX WOWCS Workshop
Member, NSF GENI Science Council, 2007-2008
Program Co-chair, 2007 ACM HotNets Workshop
Program Committee, 2007 ACM Workshop on Recurring Malcode (WORM)
Program Committee, 2007 ACM Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP)
Program Committee, 2007 ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Program Committee, 2006 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
NRC/CSTB Study: Improving Cybersecurity Research in the United States (2004-2005)
Program Committee, 2005 USENIX Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI)
Program Committee, 2005 ACM Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP)
Program Committee, 2004 ACM Workshop on Rapid Malcode (WORM)
Program Co-chair, 2004 USENIX/ACM Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI)
Co-Organizer, 2003 DIMACS Workshop on Large-Scale Internet Attacks
Program Chair, 2003 ACM Workshop on Rapid Malcode (WORM)
Program Committee, 2003 ACM Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP)
Program Committee, 2003 ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Program Committee, 2003 DISCEX Conference
Program Committee, 2003 ACM HotNets Workshop
Program Committee, 2002 ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Program Committee, 2001 Global Internet Symposium
Internet2 Network Research Liason Council, 2002-2004.
CSTB Research Horizons: Networking Research Workshop, 2001
DARPA ISAT Member, 2001-2004.
Misc

I got my undergrad degree in Applied History from CMU and my Ph.D. from the University of Washington (courtesy Brian Bershad and Tom Anderson). I was Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Asta Networks (now kaput), served on the Strategy Advisory Council of Rendition Networks (since acquired by OpsWare) and helped develop some of the technology used by Netsift (since acquired by Cisco). I do other consulting here and there.