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Ariana Mirian


I am a PhD candidate at the University of California - San Diego in the Computer Science and Engineering department. I am broadly interested in understanding security and privacy via an empirical lens. My current research focuses on using large-scale empirical analyses to understand users' security behaviors, but I've previously used empiricism to understand the "Hack for Hire" market as well as web feature deprecation via the perspective of Chrome.

At UC San Diego, I am advised by Stefan Savage and Geoff Voelker, and I work in the Sysnet, CryptoSec, and CNS research groups. Prior to starting my PhD, I completed my BSE at the University of Michigan.

My CV can be found here.

2021-09-20 --- Two of our papers have been accepted to IMC '21 -- one on mail service provider characterization and another on quantifying undergraduate Internet usage during the pandemic.
2021-01-21 --- Our paper on a lambda co-location technique has been accepted at The Web Conf '21! Stay tuned for the CR paper.
2020-03-11 --- Successfully proposed my thesis.
2019-12-16 --- Awarded the UCSD Campus Wide Inclusive Excellence Award as the Student Recepient.

Locked-In in During Lock-Down: Undergraduate Life on the Internet in a Pandemic

Alisha Ukani, Ariana Mirian, Alex C. Snoeren

21st Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Virtual, November 2021

Who’s Got Your Mail? Characterizing Mail Service Provider Usage

Enze Liu, Gautam Akiwate, Mattijs Jonker, Ariana Mirian, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker

21st Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Virtual, November 2021

CoResident Evil: Covert Communication in the Cloud With Lambdas

Anil Yelam, Shibani Subbareddy, Keerthana Ganesan, Stefan Savage, Ariana Mirian

The Web Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 2021

Hack for Hire: Investigating the Black Market of Retail Email Account Hacking Services

Ariana Mirian

ACM Queue, Volume 17 Issue 4, October 2019

Communications of the ACM, Volume 62 No. 12, December 2019

Measuring Security Practices and How They Impact Security

Louis DeKoven, Audrey Randall, Ariana Mirian, Gautam Akiwate, Ansel Blume, Lawrence K. Saul, Aaron Schulman, Geoffrey M.Voelker, Stefan Savage

19th Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 2019

Web Feature Deprecation: A Case Study for Chrome

Ariana Mirian, Nikunj Bhagat, Caitlin Sadowski, Adrienne Porter Felt, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker

41st International Conference for Software Engineering, Software Engineering in Practice (ICSE SEIP), Montreal, Canada, May 2019

Hack for Hire: Exploring the Emerging Market for Account Hijacking

Ariana Mirian, Joe DeBlasio, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, Kurt Thomas

The Web Conference, San Francisco, United States, May 2019

HTTPS Adoption in the Longtail

Ariana Mirian, Christopher Thompson, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, Adrienne Porter Felt

Google Tech Report, 2018

Security Challenges in an Increasingly Tangled Web

Deepak Kumar, Zane Ma, Zakir Durumeric, Ariana Mirian, Joshua Mason, J. Alex Halderman, Michael Bailey

26th International World Wide Web Conference, Perth, Australia, April 2017

An Internet-Wide View of ICS Devices

Ariana Mirian, Zane Ma, David Adrian, Matthew Tischer, Thasphon Chuenchujit, Tim Yardley, Robin Berthier, Josh Mason, Zakir Durumeric, J. Alex Halderman, and Michael Bailey

14th Annual Privacy, Security and Trust Conference (PST), Auckland, NZ, December 2016

A Search Engine Backed by Internet Wide Scanning

Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Ariana Mirian, Michael Bailey, J. Alex Halderman

22nd ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Denver, CO, October 2015

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor MITM…An Empirical Analysis of Mail Delivery Security

Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Ariana Mirian, James Kasten, Kurt Thomas, Vijay Eranti, Nicolas Lidzborski, Elie Bursztein, Michael Bailey, J. Alex Halderman

15th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Tokyo, October 2015
IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP)

Industry Experience

Software Engineering Intern Metrics team, Google Chrome, 2018

Mentor: Nik Bhagat, Caitlin Sadowski, and Adrienne Porter Felt

Examined web feature deprecation process via Chrome, and developed a new set of guidelines and corresponding (internal) tool to better the deprecation process

Software Engineering Intern Enamel team, Google Chrome Security, 2017

Mentor: Adrienne Porter Felt and Emily Stark

Explored HTTPS adoption hurdles for small (longtail) site owners, which culminated in a publication submission.

Product Manager Intern RetailMeNot, 2014

Mentors: Jaimee McCord and Sonia Nagar

Successfully led a team of three other interns towards completion of a product (now deprecated) for the company.

Usenix Security PC Member: Current (2021)
Usenix CSET PC Member: Current (since 2019)
Department Leadership
CSE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, 2018-present
CSE Graduate Women in Computing, 2017-present
CSE PhD Admissions Committee, 2017-present
CSE Social Hour and Coffee Hour Chair, 2016-2017