Tales of Malicious Online Activity

April 15, 2021
3:00-4:00 pm EST
Sococo Halligan 102, Zoom
Speaker: Jeremiah Onaolapo, Research Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
Host: Dan Votipka


What happens to compromised online accounts behind the scenes? Online accounts have become intertwined with our lives in many interesting ways; they help improve our day-to-day experiences. However, they also expose us to information theft and abuse in multiple ways, as seen in data breaches in which millions, sometimes billions, of people were affected. In this talk, I will discuss my investigations into compromised social and webmail accounts, and explain the systems I built to observe the activity of cybercriminals within those accounts. Finally, I will briefly discuss related work on toxic Web activity.


Dr. Jeremiah Onaolapo is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont (UVM). His research interests include malicious activity in online accounts, social network security, and cybersafety, among others. He won the best paper award at the 2017 Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2017).

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