I'm an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at the University of New Mexico. My research is in computer security; I use tools from economics and insight from traditional computer science to analyze cybercrime. I currently help lead StopBadware, an anti-malware organization I started working for in 2011.

I completed my PhD at the University of Tulsa under the direction of Dr. Tyler Moore. I was a 2016 Google Anita Borg scholar. I received an MS from the Computer Science and Engineering department at SMU. 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.


Courses taught

CS 241 Data Organization in C Spring 2018
CS 4/544 Introduction to Cybersecurity Fall 2017

Publications

Amir Feder*, Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Marie Vasek. "The Rise and Fall of Cryptocurrencies". In Workshop on the Economics of Information Security, June 2018.

Marie Vasek and Tyler Moore. "Analyzing the Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Ecosystem". In Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research, March 2018. [ Paper | Presentation ]

Marie Vasek, Matthew Weeden, and Tyler Moore. "Measuring the Impact of Sharing Abuse Data with Web Hosting Providers". In 3rd ACM Workshop on Information Sharing and Collaborative Security, October 2016. [ Paper | Presentation ]

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 | Dataset ]

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 ]

Theses

Marie Vasek. "Measuring Bitcoin-based Cybercrime". Dissertation, The University of Tulsa. May 2017. [ Paper | Presentation ]

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

*Authors in alphabetical order, as is standard for Economics publications.

News

I was quoted extensively in this article by Buzzfeed about Bitcoin-based scams on the messaging platform, Telegram as well as this Buzzfeed article about cryptocurrency scams shared through fake accounts on Twitter.

New Scientist and CoinDesk covered my work on Bitcoin Ponzi schemes.

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: Farris 2120

Email: vasek@cs.unm.edu [ PGP Key ]

Office Phone: (505) 277-2084

CV: pdf