Cybersafety

This is the list of my publications roughly related to understanding and countering cybersafety issues using measurement studies and data science. Many of these papers are written in collaboration with the iDrama Lab crew and were in part funded by the ENCASE project.

2020

Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Characterizing the Use of Images in State-Sponsored Information Warfare Operations by Russian Trolls on Twitter
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)

Alexandros Mittos, Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, and Emiliano De Cristofaro
“And We Will Fight For Our Race! A Measurement Study of Genetic Testing Conversations on Reddit and 4chan
14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020)
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2019

Enrico Mariconti, Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Jordi Luque Serrano, and Gianluca Stringhini
“You Know What to Do”: Proactive Detection of YouTube Videos Targeted by Coordinated Hate Attacks
22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2019)
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Aravindh Raman, Sagar Joglekar, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nishanth Sastry, Gareth Tyson
Challenges in the Decentralized Web: The Mastodon Case
19th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2019)
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Despoina Chatzakou, Ilias Leontiadis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali, and Nicolas Kourtellis
Detecting Cyberbullying and Cyberaggression in Social Media
ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB), to appear
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Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Jeremy Blackburn
Disinformation Warfare: Understanding State-Sponsored Trolls on Twitter & Their Influence on the Web
4th WebConf Workshop on Computational Methods in CyberSafety, Online Harassment, and Misinformation (CyberSafety 2019) best paper award
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2018

Juan Echeverria, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Gianluca Stringhini, Shi Zhou
LOBO – Evaluation of Generalization Deficiencies in Twitter Bot Classifiers
34th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2018)
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Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil
On the Origins of Memes by Means of Fringe Web Communities
18th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2018) distinguished paper award
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media coverage BBC TrendingBBC NewsMIT Technology ReviewCBS NewsThe IndependentVICEBusiness InsiderThe Daily DotQuartzEl Pais (in Spanish)MotherJonesInfoWarsThinkprogressIflscienceHornetBellingcat

Savvas Zannettou, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini
Understanding Web Archiving Services and Their (Mis)Use on Social Media
12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2018)
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Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Haewoon Kwak, Michael Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
What is Gab? A Bastion of Free Speech or an Alt-Right Echo Chamber?
3rd WWW Workshop on Computational Methods for CyberSafety (CyberSafety 2018)
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2017

Savvas Zannettou, Tristan Caulfield, Emiliano De Cristofaro, N. Kourtellis, I. Leontiadis, M. Sirivianos, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
The Web Centipede: Understanding How Web Communities Influence Each Other Through the Lens of Mainstream and Alternative News Sources
17th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2017)
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media coverage NatureThe AtlanticLa Repubblica (in Italian)Ansa (in Italian)Sky NewsHacker NewsBoingBoingPhys.orgNaked Security

Muhammad Ikram, Lucky Onwuzurike, Shehroze Farooqi, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, M. Zubair Shafiq
Measuring, Characterizing, and Detecting Facebook Like Farms
ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, Vol. 20, No. 4 (ACM TOPS 2017)

Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali
Mean Birds: Detecting Aggression and Bullying on Twitter
9th International ACM Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci 2017), also appeared as a poster at WWW 2017
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Gabriel Hine, Jeremiah Onaolapo, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Nicolas Kourtellis, Ilias Leontiadis, Gianluca Stringhini, Jeremy Blackburn
Kek, Cucks, and God Emperor Trump: A Measurement Study of 4chan’s Politically Incorrect Forum and Its Effects on the Web
11th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2017) best paper runner-up
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media coverage NatureMotherboardThe IndependentThe ConversationMIT Technology ReviewViceLa Stampa (in Italian)La Repubblica (in Italian)BoingBoingPacific Standard

Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali
Hate is not binary: Studying abusive behavior of #GamerGate on Twitter
28th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (ACM HyperText 2017)
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Shehroze Farooqi, Muhammad Ikram, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, M. Zubair Shafiq, Fareed Zaffar
Characterizing Key Stakeholders in an Online Black-Hat Marketplace
12th IEEE/APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2017)
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Despoina Chatzakou, Nicolas Kourtellis, Jeremy Blackburn, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali
Measuring #GamerGate: A Tale of Hate, Sexism, and Bullying
2nd WWW Workshop on Computational Methods for CyberSafety (CyberSafety 2017)
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2016

Rishab Nithyanand, Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Marjan Falahrastegar, Julia E. Powles, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Hamed Haddadi, Steven J. Murdoch
Ad-Blocking and Counter Blocking: A Slice of the Arms Races
6th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI 2016)
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2014

Abdelberi Chaabane, Terence Chen, Mathieu Cunche, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Dali Kaafar
Censorship in the Wild: Analyzing Web Filtering in Syria
14th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2014) best paper runner-up
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media coverage The Register, MIT Tech ReviewBoing BoingACM Tech NewsPhysics CentralMotherboardThe Conversation

Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, M. Zubair Shafiq
Paying for Likes? Understanding Facebook Like Fraud Using Honeypots
14th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2014)
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media coverage MIT Tech ReviewPacific StandardThe TelegraphACM Tech NewsYahoo FinanceZero HedgeMedia PostThe New Republic