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Engin Kirda

Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor of Information Assurance



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The stories that are likely to make headlines in 2017

In the first install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries and bright ideas primed to make head­lines in the new year, fac­ulty experts explain that polit­i­cally moti­vated cyber­at­tacks will con­tinue, inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to cli­mate change are on the horizon, and bipar­tisan sup­port for health­care leg­is­la­tion is possible.

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Researchers aim to thwart targeted cyberattacks

North­eastern cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda and his col­leagues have pro­duced ground­breaking research that sheds light on tar­geted attacks, which rep­re­sent the growing majority of cyberes­pi­onage world­wide taking place today.

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A new kind of pub crawl

Engin Kirda, the Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Asso­ciate Pro­fessor for Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance, devel­oped new soft­ware for detecting and con­taining mali­cious webcrawlers.


Cybersecurity and the new digital threats

As part of a Monday after­noon lec­ture on cyber­se­cu­rity, Engin Kirda was installed as the inau­gural Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Asso­ciate Pro­fessor for Infor­ma­tion Assurance.

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Northeastern security expert testifies at congressional hearing

The cyber­se­cu­rity threat rep­re­sents one of the nation’s most serious eco­nomic and national secu­rity chal­lenges, said Stephen Flynn, the founding co-​​​​director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Homeland […]


Northeastern leads congressional briefing on cybersecurity

On Wednesday, uni­ver­sity experts exam­ined how to combat cyberthreats facing America, as law­makers are con­sid­ering cyber­se­cu­rity legislation.

3Qs: Is a potential Facebook hack on the horizon?

The hacker group Anony­mous recently announced through a YouTube video that it plans to “kill” Face­book on Nov. 5 for sup­pos­edly abusing the pri­vacy of its users. We asked Engin Kirda, the Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Endowed Pro­fessor for Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance — with joint appoint­ments in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and Depart­ment of Elec­trical and Com­puter Engi­neering — to dis­cuss the poten­tial impli­ca­tions of the hack and the motives behind hacking groups such as Anonymous.

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3Qs: Hackers turn PlayStation into pay station

In late April, a hacker crip­pled Sony’s PlaySta­tion Net­work by stealing the names, home addresses and per­haps even the credit card num­bers of some 70 mil­lion sub­scribers, who play and down­load games through the online ser­vice. Here, pro­fessor Engin Kirda assesses the impact of the attack.

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Understanding the social side of cyber-​​security issues

Internet attacks offer intriguing research chal­lenges for new pro­fessor, who will look at the user’s role in cre­ating vulnerabilities

Photo by Michael Mazzanti.

Selected Publications

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Privacy Risks in Named Data Networking: What is the Cost of Performance?

(with Tobias Lauinger, Nikolaos Laoutaris, Pablo Rodriguez, Thorsten Strufe, and Ernst Biersack) ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 42(5), October 2012.


Paying for Piracy? An Analysis of One-Click Hosters' Controversial Reward Schemes

(with Tobias Lauinger, and Pietro Michiardi) 15th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses (RAID), Amsterdam, September 2012.


Cross Site Scripting Attacks

Encyclopedia of Cryptography and Security (2nd Ed.) 275-277, 2011.

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