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Emmanouil Konstantinos Antonakakis
Job title: 
Assistant Professor
Technical Interest Groups: Computer Systems and Software
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404 3852534
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Manos Antonakakis received his engineering diploma in 2004 from the University of the Aegean, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering. From November 2004 up to July 2006, he was working as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST-DoC), in the area of wireless ad hoc network security, at the Computer Security Division. Before joining the ECE faculty, Dr. Antonakakis held the chief scientist role at Damballa, where he was responsible for advanced research projects, university collaborations, and technology transfer efforts. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Academic Committee for the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG). In May 2012, he received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology under Wenke Lee's supervision. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer.

Research interests: 
  • Computer and network security
  • Anomaly detection
  • Data mining and machine learning
  • Google Research Award 2010 for the research paper under the title "Building a Dynamic Reputation System for DNS".
  • Co-Chair of the academic committee at Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG).
  • Author of four U.S. patents and an additional three, which are pending.
  • Chief Scientist at Damballa, Inc.
  • External reviewer of most tier-one computer security conferences and multiple international journals on computer and network security.

Yacin Nadji, Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Wenke Lee, David Dagon. "Beheading Hydras: Performing Effective Botnet Takedowns." 20th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS '13), November 4 - 8, 2013, Berlin, Germany.

Charles Lever, Manos Antonakakis, Bradley Reaves, Patrick Traynor and Wenke Lee. "The Core of the Matter: Analyzing Malicious Traffic in Cellular Carriers", Proceedings of The 20th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS '13), San Diego, CA, 24-27 February 2013.

Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Yacin Nadji, Nikolaos Vasiloglou, Saeed Abu-Nimeh, Wenke Lee, David Dagon, "From Throw-Away Traffic to Bots: Detecting the Rise of DGA-Based Malware", in the 21st USENIX Security Symposium, Bellevue, WA, August 8-10, 2012.

Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, Wenke Lee, Nikolaos Vasiloglou, David Dagon, "Detecting Malware Domains at the Upper DNS Hierarchy", in the 20th USENIX Security Symposium, San Francisco, CA, August 8-12, 2011.

Manos Antonakakis, Roberto Perdisci, David Dagon, Wenke Lee and Nick Feamster, "Building a Dynamic Reputation System for DNS", in the 19th USENIX Security Symposium, Washington D.C., August 11, 2010. (Recipient of Google Research Award, liaison at Google; Niels Provos.)

David Dagon, Manos Antonakakis, Paul Vixie, Tatuya Jinmei, Wenke Lee, "Increased DNS Forgery Resistance Through 0x20-Bit Encoding", in the 15th ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference (CCS '08), Alexandria, VA, USA, October 2008.

Last revised May 3, 2016