Name: Bharat R. Srinivasan
Email: bharat (DOT) srini (AT) gatech (DOT) edu
PGP: Public Key

Hi, I am a researcher interested in technology and innovation that can push the needle to improve the state of the world. I got my PhD in Computer Science at the College of Computing @ Georgia Tech. There, I was affiliated with the Institute of Information Security and Privacy (IISP), which emerged out of its predecessor, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC). Prior to that, I got my B.E. (Hons) in Computer Science at BITS Pilani.

My primary research contributions so far have been in the intersection of cybersecurity, privacy and machine learning. I have also made original contributions in the computer networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) space (before it became a buzz word).

Latest News and Media

[WSJ'18] The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a front-page investigative report on Sep 1, 2018 featuring our research that was published in WWW'18. Although, I had to decline a request to collaborate/interview on the story, our first and systematic study served as an important source of ground truth in validating the WSJ article.

Fortune Magazine, Ycombinator, Slashdot, CNET, The Register UK, Engadget, ZDnet, NDTV, Pymnts, Securityweek, Digital Trends, Naked Security by Sophos, Nextgov, Ecommercetimes, Komando, Bleeping Computer, Mashable, Digital Information World, DNA India, Technowise, Times Now, Deccan Chronicle, MyBroadBand, ITnews, Newsok, Business Standard and Aninews also featured this work.

This was Google's response.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

[WWW'18] Exposing Search and Advertisement Abuse Tactics and Infrastructure of Technical Support Scammers. Bharat Srinivasan, Athanasios Kountouras, Najmeh Miramirkhani, Monjur Alam, Nick Nikiforakis, Manos Antonakakis, and Mustaque Ahamad. In Proceedings of the 2018 World Wide Web Conference (WWW '18). Publisher: Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). [In the news, see above][PDF]

[PhD Dissertation'17] Exposing and Mitigating Cross-Channel Abuse that Exploits the Converged Communications Infrastructure. Author: Bharat Srinivasan. Dissertation Committee: Dr. Mustaque Ahamad (Chair), Dr. Manos Antonakakis, Dr. Wenke Lee, Dr. Mostafa Ammar, Dr. Nick Nikiforakis (External). Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology.

[ESORICS'16] Understanding Cross-Channel Abuse with Sms-spam Support Infrastructure Attribution. Bharat Srinivasan, Payas Gupta, Manos Antonakakis and Mustaque Ahamad. In Proceedings of the 21st European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS). Publisher: Springer. [PDF]

[NDSS'15] Phoneypot: Data-driven Understanding of Telephony Threats. Payas Gupta and Bharat Srinivasan, Vijay Balasubramaniyan and Mustaque Ahamad. In Proceedings of 22nd Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium. Publisher: Internet Society. [Distinguished Paper Award][PDF]

[Mobiquitous] Hicho: Attributes based classification of ubiquitous devices. Shachi Sharma, Shalini Kapoor, Bharat Srinivasan and Mayank S Narula. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking, and Services. Publisher: Springer.

Issued Patents

[US Patent 8,495,072] Attribute-based identification schemes for objects in internet of things. Inventors: Bharat Srinivasan, Shachi Sharma, Shalini Kapoor. [Link]

[US Patent 8,671,099] Clustering devices in an internet of things ('IoT'). Inventors: Bharat Srinivasan, Shachi Sharma, Shalini Kapoor. [Link]


[SNSP'18] Invited to serve on the Peer review committee at the 2018 International Conference on Sensor Networks and Signal Processing (SNSP).

[WCSN'17] Technical Program Committee member at the 4th International Conference on Wireless Communication and Sensor Network (WCSN).

Talks, Awards and Contributions

[Conference Talk '18] Speaker and presenter in the 'Security and Privacy' track of WWW'18 held in Lyon, France.

[M3AAWG, VTA-SIG '17] Speaker and panelist at Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (m3AAWG) and Voice and Telephony Abuse - Special Interest (VTA-SIG) held in San Francisco, CA. Other panelists included members from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (C-RTC), Sprint and AT&T.

[Cybersecurity Lecture '17] Invited speaker at the Spring'17 Cybersecurity lecture series hosted by Georgia Tech.

[NSF Award #1514035] Primary Contributor '15-'18 to National Science Foundation (NSF) project 'Exposing and Mitigating Cross-Channel Attacks that Exploit the Convergence of Telephony and the Internet'. Award Amount: $900,000. PI: Dr. Mustaque Ahamad.

[NSF Award #1318167] Primary Contributor ('13-'17) to National Science Foundation (NSF) project 'Securing the New Converged Telephony Landscape'. Award Amount: $500,000. PI: Dr. Mustaque Ahamad.

[Google Research Award '15] Primary Contributor to Google Research Award 2015 for 'Cross-Channel Security' research. Award Amount: $50k.

[Nomination] Nominated for the Paul Baran Young Scholars Award given by the Marconi Society.

[Conference Talk '15] Speaker and presenter at ESORICS'15 held in Heraklion, Greece.

Industry Affiliations

I am/have been affiliated with the following organizations in various capacities:, Twilio Inc., Pindrop Security, IBM Research, Microsoft Research.