I graduated from University of California, San Diego with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. I was advised by Alex C. Snoeren and Kirill Levchenko, and I was a part of CESR and Systems/Networking Group.

I am broadly interested in the economics of security/privacy.

I obtained my undergraduate degree from Williams College under the guidance of Jeannie Albrecht.

I was the director for a cooking show on Williamstown Community Television, as well as an award-winning short film.

Select Publications

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

Danny Yuxing Huang, Doug Grundman, Kurt Thomas, Abhishek Kumar, Elie Bursztein, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren.

International World Wide Web Conference (WWW). Perth, Australia. April, 2017.

Full Text | Slides | Fortune | National Public Radio (San Diego) | Google Research Blog | The Times | New Scientist

Botcoin: Monetizing Stolen Cycles

Danny Yuxing Huang, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Sarah Meiklejohn, Vacha Dave, Chris Grier, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Nicholas Weaver, Alex C. Snoeren, Kirill Levchenko.

Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). San Diego, CA. February 2014.

Full Text | Slides | Poster | National Public Radio (San Diego) | Reuters

Backpage and Bitcoin: Uncovering Human Traffickers

Rebecca S. Portnoff, Danny Yuxing Huang, Periwinkle Doerfler, Sadia Afroz, Damon McCoy

ACM SIGKDD Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia. August 2017.

Full Text | Reuters | Fortune | BBC | Fast Company | New Scientist | Xinhua | Press Release | Jupyter Code

Framing Dependencies Introduced by Underground Commoditization

Kurt Thomas, Danny Yuxing Huang, David Wang, Elie Bursztein, Chris Grier, Thomas J. Holt, Christopher Kruegel, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Giovanni Vigna.

Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS). The Netherlands. June 2015.

Full Text | Wired Magazine

Stressing Out: Bitcoin "Stress Testing"

Khaled Baqer, Danny Yuxing Huang, Nicholas Weaver, Damon McCoy.

The Third Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research, in association with Financial Cryptography and Data Security. Barbados. February 2016.

Full Text

High-Fidelity Switch Models for Software-Defined Network Emulation

Danny Yuxing Huang, Kenneth Yocum, Alex C. Snoeren

ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN). Hong Kong. August 2013.

Full Text | Slides | Video | Best Student Presentation


Economics of Ransomware

Ransomware costs victims millions of dollars. By analyzing a wide variety of ransomware, we try to understand the economics of ransomware: What is the revenue for different ransomware families? Where were the victims? What fraction of the victims paid? See more information, or see our slides as presented at Black Hat 2017.

Profitability of Alternative Crypto-currencies

There are thousands of alternative crypto-currencies (also known as "altcoins") that are simply clones of Bitcoin. Many of them have volatile prices and small market caps. In this project, we study the profitability of different players in the altcoin economy. We develop a technique to estimate the cost of mining. Using simulations, we estimate the max/min profits for miners and speculators under different investment strategies.

In submission to Financial Crypto '18.

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