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 the human perceptions and susceptibility towards smishing through a socio-technical approach.
My master’s thesis focused on investment frauds - online Ponzi schemes, where we collected a novel dataset, analyzed the schemes and contributed with new findings (paper presented at WACCO 2022). At the Bristol cybersecurity group, I worked on agritech security. As the lead researcher for the CyFoo project, funded by the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity. I designed and built the first smart dairy farm table-top testbed and conducted an initial security assessment in dairy farms.
During my time at Bristol, I also found an RFID related vulnerability in the Yale Home Keyless Smart locks with a CVE score of 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 taught Master’s in Information Security where I did my thesis on Online Ponzi Schemes. During my thesis, I started working part-time for the Bristol Cyber Security Group on the CyFoo project. After my graduation in September 2021, I was appointment to work full time on the project.
During this exciting journey of my life, I have been lucky to visit several countries in Europe to attend conferences and summer schools. I love travelling and exploring new places, capturing them through my lens (see some on Behance), and getting to know about various cultures. Like most of the other cybersecurity researchers, I love watching crime and thriller series. Being a foodie, I love trying different cuisines, Indian still being my favourite. Want to discuss anything about cyber security/crime, lets catchup over a cup of freshly brewed coffee!