I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Security and Privacy Group at TU Wien (Technische Universität Wien, formerly known as Vienna University of Technology) in Vienna, Austria. I am also a key researcher at SBA Research, the largest research center in Austria which exclusively addresses information security.
Before that, I was a Postdoc in the Computer Security Group (SecLab) at UC Santa Barbara, working with Christopher Kruegel and Giovanni Vigna. I received my doctorate in 2016 with honors of the Austrian president (Promotio Sub Auspiciis Praesidentis), as well as the ERCIM Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award in 2018. During my PhD, I was advised by Edgar Weippl and worked as a research assistant at the International Secure Systems Lab (iSecLab).
In addition to my PhD, I hold a Master's degree in Software Engineering and Internet Computing from TU Wien and a Bachelor's degree in Computer and Media Security from the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg.
My research focuses on systems security, in particular mobile security and privacy, and all things malware analysis.
I am passionate about building large-scale analysis systems and providing them to the community. For example, I led the development and maintenance of Andrubis, a publicly available service to analyze Android apps for malicious behavior, and I am a contributor to ReCon, a tool that allows users to take control over which data mobile apps are leaking. I also work on the exploitation of and defense against rowhammer and other side-channel vulnerabilities, such as Drammer, the first deterministic attack that exploits the rowhammer hardware vulnerability on Android devices.
|Aug 10||We have some last minute funding for diversity grants for our summer school for security and privacy on blockchains (BDLT19) sponsored by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy.|
|Jul 1||I am proud to announce that I am now also a key researcher at SBA Research.|
|Jun 27||Elleen is presenting Panoptispy, our work on media leaks in mobile apps, at PrivacyCon hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).|
|Jun 17||We wrapped up the first iteration of our new Introduction to Security lecture with 300 participants with a presentation of the best of the 1,600 solutions to 11 challenges in our WUT CTF.|
|Jun 12||We are organizing the 1st International Summer School on Security & Privacy for Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies at TU Wien in September, the registration is now open.|
|Jan 31||I am looking for PhD students in (mobile) systems security and privacy! More information here.|
|Jan 8||Thanks Florian Aigner @ TU Wien for the nice profile of me and my research!|
|Oct 9||I am honored to receive the 2018 ERCIM Cor Baayen Young Researcher Award.|
|Aug 6||Rampage received a Pwnie nomination for Best Privilege Escalation Bug.|
|Jun 19||I am excited to officially announce that I will join TU Wien as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in October.|
|Nov 11||Drammer received the Best Paper Award at the CSAW'17 Applied Research Competition.|
|Oct 2||I am excited to be selected as a mentor for Learn IT, Girl, a program that helps women around the globe to learn how to code.|
|Jul 26||Drammer received a Pwnie Award for Best Privilege Escalation Bug and was also nominated for Most Innovative Research.|
|May 20||I was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper Kurier on why more women should study computer science (print and online).|
|May 16||I am honored to be awarded my doctorate degree in a Promotio Sub Auspiciis Praesidentis (press release by TU Wien).|
|Apr 5||ReCon was used in the documentary Harvest to raise awareness about privacy risks of mobile apps.|
|Mar 21||Drammer received the Best Dutch Cyber Security Research Paper (DCSRP2017) award.|
|Nov 1||Drammer was recognized by the Android Security Rewards Program (CVE-2016-6728, critical).|
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