I'm a fourth year PhD student in the Computer Science department at the University of Tulsa. My research is in computer security; I use tools from economics and insight from traditional computer science to analyze cybercrime.

My advisor is Dr. Tyler Moore. I am currently the Research Scientist at StopBadware. I am a Google Anita Borg scholar.

I received an MS from the Computer Science and Engineering department at SMU where I spent my first three years of grad school. In Spring 2015 I was the instructor for CSE 3353 (undergraduate algorithms) at SMU. In Fall 2014 I was a visiting research student at TU Delft working with Dr. Michel van Eeten.

I received a BA from Wellesley College with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics. At Wellesley, I was part of the Tinkerblocks research group and advised by Dr. Lyn Turbak. I also participated in the SISMAT computer security program in Summer 2011. I hail from Tumwater, Washington.


Publications

Marie Vasek, Joseph Bonneau, Ryan Castellucci, Cameron Keith, and Tyler Moore. "The Bitcoin Brain Drain: Examining the Use and Abuse of Bitcoin Brain Wallets". In Financial Cryptography and Data Security, February 2016. [ Paper | Presentation ]

Marie Vasek, John Wadleigh, and Tyler Moore. "Hacking is not Random: A Case-Control Study of Webserver-Compromise Risk". In IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 13(2):206-219, 2016. [ Paper ]

Marie Vasek and Tyler Moore. "There's No Free Lunch, Even Using Bitcoin: Tracking the Popularity and Profits of Virtual Currency Scams". In Financial Cryptography and Data Security, January 2015. [ Paper | Presentation ]

Marie Vasek and Tyler Moore. "Identifying Risk Factors for Webserver Compromise". In Financial Cryptography and Data Security, March 2014. [ Paper | Presentation | Dataset ]

Marie Vasek, Micah Thornton, and Tyler Moore. "Empirical Analysis of Denial-of-Service Attacks in the Bitcoin Ecosystem". In 1st Workshop on Bitcoin Research, March 2014. [ Paper | Presentation | Dataset ]

Benjamin Johnson, Aron Laska, Jens Grossklags, Marie Vasek, and Tyler Moore. "Game-Theoretic Analysis of DDoS Attacks Against Bitcoin Mining Pools". In 1st Workshop on Bitcoin Research, March 2014. [ Paper ]

Marie Vasek and Tyler Moore. "Empirical Analysis of Factors Affecting Malware URL Detection". In 8th APWG eCrime Researchers Summit (eCrime), September 2013. [ Paper | Presentation ]

Marie Vasek and Tyler Moore. "Do Malware Reports Expedite Cleanup? An Experimental Study". In 5th USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET), Berkeley, CA, August 2012. [ Paper | Presentation | Dataset | Blog Post ]

Marie Vasek. "Representing Expressive Types in Blocks Programming Languages". Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Wellesley College. May 2012. [ Paper | Presentation ]

News

My research on Bitcoin brain wallets was covered by Ars Technica and Fast Company.

I wrote a book review for Science on The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael Casey. [ pdf ]

My research on Bitcoin scams was written up by CoinTelegraph and CoinDesk. Bruce Schneier also linked to it here.

I spoke to the Tulsa ABC affiliate about women in cybersecurity. I was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about the cybersecurity program at SMU. I also said nothing particularly interesting to the North Texas NPR station, KERA, about Bitcoin ATMs in North Texas.

My research on Bitcoin DDoS attacks was discussed by CoinDesk.

Contact Information

Office: Rayzor Hall 2245

Email: vasek@utulsa.edu [ PGP Key ]

CV: pdf