Gianluca Stringhini

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

University College London

7.02 Malet Place Engineering Building

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I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Departments of Computer Science and Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL). I am affiliated with the Information Security Group and the International Secure Systems Lab.

I received a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. During my PhD I worked in the Computer Security Lab, advised by Professors Christopher Kruegel and Giovanni Vigna.

I was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Department of Computer Science at UCSB in 2014, a Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship in 2012, and a Google Research Award in 2015.


My research interests span various areas of computer security, in particular social network security, network security, web security, botnet mitigation, and cybercrime analysis.

Recently, I have been investigating advanced scams such as spearphishing finalized at hijacking corporate accounts, online dating scams, and money laundering schemes linked to cybercrime. The goal of these studies is to gain a better understanding of such operations and to develop better mitigation techniques against them.

I wrote a document that summarizes the existing research on botnet and spam mitigation. I believe it is a useful reference for those who want to start doing research in these fields.


If you are already a UCL student, here are some examples of past successful final projects that I supervised. If you are interested in working with me, please write me an email.

Understanding Online Carding Forums - MSc in Forensic Sciences, 2015
Analysis and Detection of Clickjacking on Facebook - MEng in Computer Science, 2015
Analysis of the Cutwail Botnet Command and Control Software - BSc in Computer Science, 2015


Drops For Stuff: An Analysis Of Reshipping Mules Scams

Shuang Hao, Kevin Borgolte, Nick Nikiforakis, Gianluca Stringhini, Manuel Egele, Michael Eubanks, Brian Krebs, and Giovanni Vigna. ACM CCS, 2015.

EvilCohort: Detecting Communities of Malicious Accounts on Online Services

Gianluca Stringhini, Pierre Mourlanne, Gregoire Jacob, Manuel Egele, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna. USENIX Security Symposium, 2015.

Quit Playing Games With My Heart: Understanding Online Dating Scams

JingMin Huang, Gianluca Stringhini, Peng Yong. DIMVA, 2015.


I teach Computer Security 2 in the MSc in Information Security together with Emiliano De Cristofaro.

This year I am launching a new course on cybercrime, which will be one of the few courses of its kind in the world. We will look at cybercriminal operations from an interdisciplinary angle, but focusing on the engineering elements that make them successful. The goal is to get a better understanding of cybercrime and develop better countermeasures to fight it.

I also organize the UCL Computer Science Hacking Seminar, in which UCL students can play with security challenges and gain a better understanding of computer vulnerabilities and how to prevent them.


I am currently serving on multiple program committees including the ones for ACM CCS, USENIX Security, ACSAC, and WWW.

In the past, I served in the program committees of conferences such as NDSS, DIMVA, ICDCS, and EuroSec. You can find a complete list of my service here.