Manos Antonakakis

Manos Antonakakis, Ph.D., is an associate director of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy (IISP) for the area of attack attribution, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and an adjunct faculty member in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is responsible for the Astrolavos Lab, where students conduct research in the areas of attack attribution, network security and privacy, intrusion detection, and data mining.

Throughout his tenure at Georgia Tech, Antonakakis has raised several tens of millions of dollars in research funding as the primary investigator for government agencies and private sector organizations that seek new cybersecurlty solutions.  He is the author of multiple U.S. patents in the areas of security and machine learning, and the author of more than 20 academic publications that have been featured at international, peer-reviewed conferences. He has served as a program committee member for multiple information security conferences. Prior to joining Georgia Tech as faculty, Antonakakis served as chief scientist at Damballa, where his research supported early threat detection and prevention tools. Prior to joining Damballa, he worked for IBM/ISS and was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Antonakakis received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from Georgia Tech.

 

Patents

  • Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Wenke Lee, and Nikolaos Vasiloglou, “Method and systems for detecting DGA-based malware”, U.S. Provisional Application 61/590,633 - 361917-000042, January 24, 2013. 
  • Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Wenke Lee, and Nikolaos Vasiloglou, “Method and systems  for detecting malicious domain names at the upper DNS hierarchy”, U.S. Provisional Application 61/438,492 - 361917-000032, February 1, 2011. 
  • Manos Antonakakis, R. Perdisci, D. Dagon and W. Lee. “Method and System for Determining Whether Domain Names are Legitimate or Malicious”, U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 13/205,928 - 361917-000033, May 1st, 2010. 
  • Manos Antonakakis, and G. Ollmann, “Method and systems for detecting malware”, U.S. Provisional Patent Application 61/292,592 - 61/295,060, November 6, 2010. 

 

Research Highlights

  1. [CCS '17] Panagiotis Kintis, Najmeh Miramirkhani, Charles Lever, Yizheng Chen, Rosa Romero-Gomez, Nikolaos Pitropakis, Nick Nikiforakis, and Manos Antonakakis, "Hiding in Plain Sight: A Longitudinal Study of Combosquatting Abuse", In the 24th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2017 [pdf|cite]
  2. [CCS '17] Yizheng Chen, Yacin Nadji, Athanasios Kountouras, Fabian Monrose, Roberto Perdisci, Manos Antonakakis, and Nikolaos Vasiloglou. "Practical Attacks Against Graph-based Clustering." In the 24th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2017 [pdf|cite]
  3. [Usenix Security '17] Manos Antonakakis, Tim April, Michael Bailey, Matt Bernhard, Elie Bursztein, Jaime Cochran, Zakir Durumeric, J. Alex Halderman, Luca Invernizzi, Michalis Kallitsis, Deepak Kumar, Chaz Lever, Zane Ma, Joshua Mason, Damian Menscher, Chad Seaman, Nick Sullivan, Kurt Thomas, Yi Zhou, “Understanding the Mirai Botnet“, In the 26th USENIX Security Symposium, 2017. [pdf|cite]
  4. [DIMVA '17] Yizheng Chen, Yacin Nadji, Rosa Romero-Gomez, Manos Antonakakis, and David Dagon, "Measuring Network Reputation in the Ad-Bidding Process", In the 14th Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA), Bonn, Germany, July 6-7, 2017. [pdf|cite]
  5. [Oakland '17] Charles Lever,  Platon Kotzias, Davide Balzarotti, Juan Caballero, Manos Antonakakis, ”A lustrum of malware network communication: Evolution and insights”, In the 38th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, 2017. [pdf|cite]
  6. [ESORICS '16Bharat Srinivasan, Payas Gupta, Manos Antonakakis and Mustaque Ahamad,”Understanding Cross-Channel Abuse with SMS-Spam Support Infrastructure Attribution”, In the 21st European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Heraklion, Greece, September 28-30, 2016. [pdf|cite]
  7. [RAID '16] Athanasios Kountouras, Panagiotis Kintis, Chaz Lever, Yizheng Chen, Yacin Nadji, David Dagon, Manos Antonakakis, and Rodney Joffe, “Enabling Network Security Through Active DNS Datasets”, In the 19th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses, September 19-21 at Telecom SudParis, Evry, France. [pdf|cite|data]
  8. [USENIX Security '16] Terry Nelms, Roberto Perdisci, Manos Antonakakis, and Mustaque Ahamad, “Towards Measuring and Mitigating Social Engineering Software Download Attacks”, In the 25th USENIX Security Symposium, 2016. [pdf|cite]
  9. [DIMVA '16] Yizheng Chen, Panagiotis Kintis, Manos Antonakakis, Yacin Nadji, David Dagon, Wenke Lee and Michael Farrell, "Financial Lower Bounds of Online Advertising Abuse", In the 13th Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, July 7-8, 2016. [pdf|cite|TDSS-TDL4 Domains]
  10. [DIMVA '16] Panagiotis Kintis, Yacin Nadji, David Dagon, Michael Farrell and Manos Antonakakis, "Understanding the Privacy Implications of ECS", In the 13th Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, July 7-8, 2016. [pdf|cite]
  11. [Oakland '16] Charles Lever, Robert Walls, Yacin Nadji, David Dagon, Patrick McDaniel, Manos Antonakakis, ”Domain-Z: 28 Registrations Later --- Measuring the Exploitation of Residual Trust in Domains”, In the 37th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, 2016. [pdf|cite]
  12. [USENIX Security '15] Terry Nelms, Roberto Perdisci, Manos Antonakakis, Mustaque Ahamad. "WebWitness: Investigating, Categorizing, and Mitigating Malware Download Paths." In the USENIX Security Symposium, 2015.  [pdf|cite]
  13. [DSN '15] Babak Rahbarinia, Roberto Perdisci, Manos Antonakakis. "Segugio: Efficient Behavior-Based Tracking of New Malware-Control Domains in Large ISP Networks." In the 45th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 22-25, 2015. [pdf|cite] 
  14. [DSN '14] Yizheng Chen, Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Yacin Nadji, David Dagon, Wenke Lee. "DNS Noise: Measuring the Pervasiveness of Disposable Domains in Modern DNS Traffic." In the 44th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, June 23 - 26, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia USA. [pdf|cite]
  15. [CCS '13] Yacin Nadji, Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Wenke Lee, David Dagon. "Beheading Hydras: Performing Effective Botnet Takedowns." In the 20th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, November 4 – 8, Berlin, Germany. [pdf|cite]