During the course of my academics I had the great fortune of being advised by Dr. Damon McCoy My interests are broad as long as they pertain to Information Security. Closest to my heart is malware and botnets which I love to look into. I am also a part of the CESR: Center for Evidence-based Security Research
I previously interned at The International Computer Science Institute where I was working with Dr. Chris Grier, Dr. Vern Paxson and Paul Pearce on the monetization of bitcoin mining malware and web search hijacking
Currently I am a Malware Researcher at FireEye where I maninly research new threats and do reverse engineering to improve malware detection
My current projects include analyzing Botnets that perform Parasitic Click Fraud and Bitcoin mining. My previous work has mainly focussed on analyzing the underground economy with regard to pharmaceutical spam and to find effective points of intervention.
Most of my projects are open sourced and are available here
Papers, Posters, Blogs and Slides
- 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, Raleigh, NC, October 2012.
- Botcoin: Bitcoin-Mining by Botnets. Abstract | Poster
Danny Yuxing Huang, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Sarah Meiklejohn, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren, Stefan Savage, Nicholas Weaver, Chris Grier, Damon McCoy.
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Poster Session. San Francisco, CA. May 2013.
- 101 - Bitcoin and Botnets
A talk on bitcoin and the monetization of CPU cycles by Bots to make bitcoins
- 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, San Diego, CA, February 2014.
- Dissecting Android KorBanker
Hitesh Dharmdasani and Vinay Pidathala
- MisoSMS: New Android Malware Disguises Itself as a Settings App, Steals SMS Messages
Vinay Pidathala, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Jinjian Zhai and Zheng Bu
- Android.HeHe: Malware Now Disconnects Phone Calls
- More to come....