Moheeb Abu Rajab
Moheeb Abu Rajab

Senior Staff Engineer
Google Inc.

Ph.D. in Computer Science
Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
e-mail: moheeb (at) cs (dot) jhu (dot) edu

I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University. I worked with Prof. Fabian Monrose and Prof. Andreas Terzis. My research interests are in various areas of computer networking and security.  I also have secondary interest in wireless communications.

Publications
 
  • Investigating Commercial Pay-Per-Install and the Distribution of Unwanted Software.
    Kurt Thomas, Juan Antonio Elices Crespo, Ryan Rasti, Jean-Michel Picod, Cait Phillips, Marc-André (MAD) Decoste, Chris Sharp, Fabio Tirelo, Ali Tofigh, Marc-Antoine Courteau, Lucas Ballard, Robert Shield, Nav Jagpal, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Panos Mavrommatis, Niels Provos, Elie Bursztein, Damon McCoy
    In Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, 2016.

  • Trends and Lessons from Three Years Fighting Malicious Extensions.
    Nav Jagpal, Eric Dingle, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Niels Provos, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, and Kurt Thomas.
    In Proceedings of the USENIX Security Symposium, 2015.

  • Ad injection at scale: Assessing deceptive advertisement modifications.
    Kurt Thomas, Elie Bursztein, Chris Grier, Grant Ho, Nav Jagpal, Alexandros Kapravelos, Damon McCoy, Antonio Nappa, Vern Paxson, Paul Pearce, Niels Provos, and Moheeb Abu Rajab.
    In Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, 2015.

  • CAMP: Content-Agnostic Malware Protection.
    Moheeb Abu Rajab, Lucas Ballard, Noe Lutz, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Niels Provos.
    In proceedings of 20th Annual Network & Distributed System Security Symposium, NDSS 2013. [PDF]
  • Manufacturing Compromise: The Emergence of Exploit-as-a-Service.
    Chris Grier, Lucas Ballard, Juan Caballero, Neha Chachra, Christian J. Dietrich, Kirill Levchenko, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Damon McCoy, Antonio Nappa, Andreas Pitsillidis, Niels Provos, M. Zubair Rafique, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Christian Rossow, Kurt Thomas, Vern Paxson, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker. In proceedings of the 19th ACM (CCS) 2012.
  • Trends in Circumventing Web-Malware Detection.
    Moheeb Abu Rajab, Lucas Ballard, Nav Jagpal, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Daisuke Nojiri, Niels Provos, Ludwig Schmidt. Google Technical Report 2011. [PDF]
  • The Nocebo Effect on the Web: An Analysis of Fake Anti-Virus Distribution.
    Moheeb Abu Rajab, Lucas Ballard , Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Niels Provos, Xin Zhao.
    In proceedings of the 3rd USENIX Workshop on Large Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET) 2010. [PDF]
  • Peeking Through The Cloud: Client Density Estimation via DNS Cache Probing.
    Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Niels Provos.
    To appear in the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology.
  • Cybercrime 2.0: When the Cloud Turns Dark.
    Niels Provos, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Panayiotis Mavrommatis. In the Communications of the ACM. April, 2009.
  • All Your iFrames Point to Us.
    Niels Provos, Panayiotis Mavrommatis, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose.
    In proceedings of the 17th USENIX. [PDF]
    Can also be found at Google's Online Security Blog:
    http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2008/02/all-your-iframe-are-point-to-us.html
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis, Niels Provos. Peeking Through the Cloud. Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS 2008).
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Jay Zarfoss, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. My Botnet is Bigger than Yours (Maybe, better than yours): Why Size Estimates Remain Challenging. In Proceedings of USENIX/HotBots, April, 2007. Boston, MA. [PDF]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. On the Impact of Dynamic Addressing on Malware Propagation. In Proceedings of ACM WORM 2006. [PDF]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Jay Zarfoss, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. A Multifaceted Approach to Understanding the Botnet Phenomenon. In Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Oct., 2006. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [PDF]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. Fast and Evasive Attacks: Highlighting the challenges ahead. In proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID), Sept, 2006, Hamburg, Germany. [PDF]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. Worm Evolution Tracking via Timing Analysis. Proceedings of ACM WORM, Fairfax, VA, November, 2005. [PDF|bib]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. On the Effectiveness of Distributed Worm Monitoring.Proceeding of the 14th USENIX Security Symposium. August, 2005.  [PDF|bib]
  • Robert Cole, Nam Phanamo, Moheeb Abu Rajab, Andreas Terzis. Requirements of Worm Mitigation Technologies in MANETs. Proceedings of PADS-2005, Chicago, IL. June, 2005. [PDF]
  • A. J. Al-Dweik, Moheeb Abu Rajab. On the Analysis of Frequency-Hopped Multiple-Access Communication with Non-coherent OFDM-ASK in AWGN Channels. Proceedings of International Conference on Communication Systems Modeling and Simulation. Los Angeles, CA. March, 2004. [PDF]
  • S. Araji, A. J. Al-Dweik, Moheeb Abu Rajab. Fast Switching Frequency Synthesizer Employing Adaptive PLL Operating in the Pseudo-linear Region. Proceedings of International Conference on Communication Systems Modeling and Simulation.

Talks

  • The Nocebo Effect on the Web: An Analysis of Fake Anti-Virus Distribution.
    Invited Talk: Stanford University Seminar, May 2010.
  • The Nocebo Effect on the Web: An Analysis of Fake Anti-Virus Distribution.
    The 3rd USENIX Workshop on Large Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET) 2010.
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Jay Zarfoss, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. My Botnet is Bigger than Yours (Maybe, better than yours): Why Size Estimates Remain Challenging. Presented at USENIX/HotBots, April, 2007. Boston, MA.
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. On the Impact of Dynamic Addressing on Malware Propagation. Presented at ACM WORM, Nov., 2006. Virginia
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Jay Zarfoss, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. A Multifaceted Approach to Understanding the Botnet Phenomenon. Presented at ACM SIGCOMM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Oct., 2006. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Jay Zarfoss, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. A Longitudinal Analysis of Botnet Dynamics: Challenges, Insights and Lessons Learned. Presented at Tech. Exchange, Symantec Corp. Oct, 2006.
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. Fast and Evasive Attacks: Highlighting the challenges ahead. Presented at the 9th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID), Sept, 2006, Hamburg, Germany. [PDF]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. Worm Evolution Tracking via Timing Analysis. Presented at ACM WORM, Fairfax, VA, November, 2005. [PDF]
  • Moheeb Abu Rajab, Fabian Monrose, Andreas Terzis. On the Effectiveness of Distributed Worm Monitoring.Presented at the 14th USENIX Security Symposium. August, 2005. [PDF]
  • A. J. Al-Dweik, Moheeb Abu Rajab. On the Analysis of Frequency-Hopped Multiple-Access Communication with Non-coherent OFDM-ASK in AWGN Channels. Presented at the International Conference on Communication Systems Modeling and Simulation. Los Angeles, CA. March, 2004.

Community Services

Technical Program Committee:

  • ACM Workshop on Building Analysis Datasets and Gathering Experience Returns for Security (BADGERS'12).
  • USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security (HotSec 2011).
  • The 17th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2010).
  • Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA 2010).
  • The ACM 2nd workshop on Virtual Machine Security (VMSec 2009).
  • USENIX Workshop on Large-scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET 2009).
  • USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security (HotSec 2008).
  • USENIX Workshop on Large-scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET 2008).
  • International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP 2008).
  • ACM Workshop on Recurring Malcode (WORM 2007).
  • IEEE First International Workshop on Systems Diagnosis (SYDIA 2007).

Journal Reviews:

  • ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security (ACM TISSEC).
  • ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (ACM ToIT).
  • IEEE Transactions on Computers.

External Reviews:

  • ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS).
  • IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland).
  • IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM).
  • USENIX Security Symposium.
  • Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS).
  • ACM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference (IMC).
  • Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS).
  • ACM Workshop on Recurring Malware (WORM).
  • USENIX workshop on hot topics in security (HotSec).
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer and Communications and Networks (ICCCN).

Memberships

Academic Memberships:

  • Student member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • Student member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
  • Student member, The Advanced Computing Systems Association (USENIX).

Other Memberships:

  • Member of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

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