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Damon McCoy


Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
George Mason University

E-Mail: mccoy(_@_)cs.gmu.edu
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Office: 5328 Engineering Building
Phone: 703-993-3339 (Voice mail is not checked)
Mail: 4400 University Drive MSN 4A5, Fairfax, VA 22030 USA

Research Interests

Damon McCoy is an Assistant Professor in the CS department at George Mason University. Previously he was a Computer Innovation Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research includes work on wireless privacy, anonymous communication systems, cyber-physical security, and economics of e-crime. More generally, he is interested in exploring and improving the security and privacy of large-scale systems.

Recent Publications
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.

Doppelgänger Finder: Taking Stylometry To The Underground
Sadia Afroz, Aylin Caliskan Islam, Ariel Stolerman, Rachel Greenstadt, Damon McCoy
IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland 2014), San Jose, CA, May 2014.

Constructing and Analyzing Criminal Networks
Hamed Sarvari, Ehab Abozinadah, Alex Mbaziira, Damon McCoy
IEEE International Workshop on Cyber Crime (IWCC 2014), San Jose, CA, May 2014.

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

Scambaiter: Understanding Targeted Nigerian Scams on Craigslist
Youngsam Park, Jackie Jones, Damon McCoy, Elaine Shi and Markus Jakobsson
Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 2014.

Rent to Pwn: Analyzing Commodity Booter DDoS Services
Mohammad Karami and Damon McCoy
USENIX ;login:, Vol. 38, No. 6, December 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
USENIX ;login:, Vol. 38, No. 6, December 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.

Trafficking Fraudulent Accounts: The Role of the Underground Market in Twitter Spam and Abuse
Kurt Thomas, Damon McCoy, Chris Grier, Alek Kolcz, and Vern Paxson
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Washington D.C., August 2013.

OCTANE (Open Car Testbed and Network Experiments): Bringing Cyber-Physical Security Research to Researchers and Students
Christopher E. Everett and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test, Washington D.C., August 2013.

There Are No Free iPads: An Analysis of Survey Scams as a Busines
Jason W. Clark and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats, Washington D.C., August 2013.

Understanding the Emerging Threat of DDoS-as-a-Service
Mohammad Karami and Damon McCoy
Proceedings of the USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats, Washington D.C., August 2013.

Priceless: The Role of Payments in Abuse-advertised Goods
Damon McCoy, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Christian Kreibich, Geoffrey M. Voelker and Stefan Savage
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Raleigh, NC, October 2012.

Manufacturing Compromise: The Emergence of Exploit-as-a-Service
Chris Grier, Kurt Thomas, Lucas Ballard, Juan Caballero, Neha Chachra, Christian J. Dietrich, Kirill Levchenko, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Damon McCoy, Antonio Nappa, Andreas Pitsillidis, Niels Provos, Zubair Rafique, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Christian Rossow, Vern Paxson, Stefan Savage, and Geoffrey M. Voelker
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Raleigh, NC, October 2012.

PharmaLeaks: Understanding the Business of Online Pharmaceutical Affiliate Programs
Damon McCoy, Andreas Pitsillidis, Grant Jordan, Nicholas Weaver, Christian Kreibich, Brian Krebs, Geoffrey M. Voelker, Stefan Savage, and Kirill Levchenko
Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, Bellevue, WA, August 2012.

Full Publication List
Students
PhD
Parnian Najafi Borazjan
Jason Clark
Jackie Jones
Mohammad Karami
Sahar Mazloom
Mohammad Rezaeirad

Graduated
Hitesh Dharmdasani (MS 2013) FireEye
Teaching
CS 468 (Secure Programming and Systems) Spring 2014
ISA 656 (Network Security) Fall 2013
ISA 656 (Network Security) Spring 2013
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