My Ph.D. research focuses on fighting against online financial crime, whose center of attention is smishing (SMS-based phishing). I am working to devise methodologies to collect an updated novel SMS phishing data feed and analyze this in an automated fashion to understand the ecosystem in-depth. The research also looks into understanding human perceptions and susceptibility towards smishing through a socio-technical approach.
This summer, I interned at Stop Scams UK, where we worked with industry partners to investigate and report the ‘hi mum/dad’ SMS scams. Currently, I work part-time as a Data Analyst for Stop Scams UK and provide cybersecurity consultancy services to Aegis Mobile.
Apart from my Ph.D. research, I work on several other areas of cyber security, cybercrime, and law. I found an RFID-related vulnerability in the Yale Home Keyless Smart locks with a CVE score 4.6, which was reported to Assa Abloy/Yale Home. The official product security advisory is available here. Also available at Yale website.
BTech in Computer Science and Engineering
VIT University, Chennai, India
I was born and brought up in a small valley in the lap of the Himalayas, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. In 2018 I moved to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to work for the CERN Computer Security Team. I worked at CERN for almost three years, where my last position was a Research Scientist at the CMS Experiment’s Offline Computing Team. In 2020, I moved to London to start my Master’s in Information Security, where I did my thesis on Online Ponzi Schemes/HYIPs. During my thesis, I started working part-time for the Bristol Cyber Security Group on the CyFoo project, funded by the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity. After graduating in September 2021, I was appointed to work full-time on the project.
During this exciting chapter of my life, I have been fortunate to visit several countries in Europe to attend conferences and summer schools. I love traveling and exploring new places, capturing them through my lens (see some on Behance), and getting to know about various cultures. I love watching crime and thriller TV shows. Being a foodie, I love trying different cuisines, Indian still being my favorite. Want to discuss anything about cyber security/crime? Lets catchup over a cup of freshly brewed coffee!