Deepak Kumar

Hi! I'm a fourth year (yikes) computer science PhD student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I work with Michael Bailey in the NSRG. I study computer security and privacy through the lens of empiricism. Recently, I've been thinking about how to reason about security in complex interconnected ecosystems (Web, Mobile, IoT) and how we might build tools that can aid in the fight against online hate speech.

Our original musical, Baked! The Musical was accepted at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, where it will receive a 3 week run in February 2020. Come check it out!

I spend a good amount of my free time working on creative writing projects. You can learn more about that here.

You can reach me via email, at dkumar11@illinois.edu, Twitter, or in person on campus.

I post thoughts (sometimes serious, sometimes humorous) here. Other loosely organized thoughts are here. My CV.


Publications
Deepak Kumar, Kelly Shen, Benton Case, Deepali Garg, Galina Alperovich, Dmitry Kuznetsov, Rajarshi Gupta, Zakir Durumeric. All Things Considered: An Analysis of IoT Devices on Home Networks. To appear in 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '19), Santa Clara, California, August 14–16, 2019. [pdf]

Deepak Kumar, Riccardo Paccagnella, Paul Murley, Eric Hennenfent, Joshua Mason, Adam Bates, Michael Bailey. Skill Squatting Attacks on Amazon Alexa. 27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '18), Baltimore, Maryland, August 15-17, 2018. [pdf]

Yi Zhou, Deepak Kumar, Surya Bakshi, Joshua Mason, Andrew Miller, Michael Bailey. Erays: Reverse Engineering Ethereum's Opaque Smart Contracts. 27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '18), Baltimore, Maryland, August 15-17, 2018. [pdf]

Dave (Jing) Tian, Nolen Scaife, Deepak Kumar, Michael Bailey, Adam Bates, Kevin R. Butler. SoK: “Plug & Pray” Today – Understanding USB Insecurity in Versions 1 through C. In 39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland '18), San Francisco, CA. May 21-23, 2018. [pdf]

Deepak Kumar, Zhengping Wang, Matthew Hyder, Joseph Dickinson, Joshua Mason, Michael Bailey, Gabrielle Beck, David Adrian, Zakir Durumeric, J. Alex Halderman. Tracking Certificate Misissuance in the Wild. In 39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland '18), San Francisco, CA. May 21-23, 2018. [pdf]

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 26th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '17), Vancouver, Canada, August 16-18, 2017. [pdf]

Deepak Kumar, Zane Ma, Zakir Durumeric, Ariana Mirian, Joshua Mason, Michael Bailey, and J. Alex Halderman. Security Challenges in an Increasingly Tangled Web. In 26th World Wide Web Conference (WWW'17). Perth, Australia. April 3 - 7, 2017. [pdf]

Talks
All Things Considered: An Analysis of IoT Devices on Home Networks (USENIX '18) [key] [pdf]

Skill Squatting Attacks on Amazon Alexa (USENIX '18) [key] [pdf]

Tracking Certificate Misissuance in the Wild (Oakland '18) [key] [pdf]

Security Challenges in an Increasingly Tangled Web (WWW'17) [key] [pdf]