Anupama I'm currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at IIIT-Delhi, India

I'm a member of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC) and Precog Research Group, advised by Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK").

My research interest lies in the area of Computational Social Science focussing on Security and Privacy. I'm interested in Social Network Analysis and Data Mining techniques to analyze and detect malicious users on online social networks.


Computer Science
2012 - Present
Master of Technology (M.Tech.)
Computer Science
2010 - 2012
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)
Computer Science
UIET - Kanpur
2006 - 2010


Mar 2013 - Jun 2013

Research Assistant
Contextual grouping of tweets into events and sub-events independent of the hashtags or URLs present
UFMG, Brazil
May 2012 - Jul 2012

Research Assistant
Analysis and detection of tipping spam behaviour on Foursquare to study spammers exploiting location based services to spread spam
IIIT - Delhi, India
May 2011 - Jul 2011

Research Intern
Analysis of short URLs used for phishing via emails (using APWG phishing emails dataset)
IIT - Mumbai, India
May 2009 - Jul 2009

Tweaked the CSMA/CA protocol to disable carrier sensing and exponential back-off
IIT - Kanpur, India
May 2008 - Jul 2008

Development and modification of the command library of SCOSTA, an OS standard for smart card applications

Conference Publications

  • Aggarwal A. Detecting and Mitigating the Effect of Manipulated Reputation on Online Social Networks. Accepted at PhD Symposium in 25th World Wide Web Conference (WWW), 2016. PDF

  • Aggarwal A. and Kumaraguru, P. What They Do in Shadows: Twitter Underground Follower Market. Accepted at 13th Annual International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST), 2015. Best Paper Award. PDF

  • Gupta, N., Aggarwal A. and Kumaraguru, P. Deep Dive into Short URL based e-Crime Detection. Accepted at 9th APWG eCrime Research Symposium (eCRS), 2014. Best Paper Award. PDF | BibTex

  • Aggarwal, A., Almeida, J., and Kumaraguru, P. Detection of Spam Tipping Behaviour on Foursquare. In second International Workshop on Mining Social Network Dynamics (MSND), co-located with World Wide Web Conference 2013. PDF | BibTex

  • Aggarwal, A., Rajadesingan, A., and Kumaraguru, P. PhishAri: Automatic Realtime Phishing Detection on Twitter. In seventh IEEE APWG eCrime Researchers Summit (eCRS), 2012. Best Paper Award PDF | BibTex

  • Chhabra, S., Aggarwal, A., Benevenuto, F., and Kumaraguru, P.$oCiaL: The Phishing Landscape through Short URLs. In 8th Annual Collaboration, Electronic messaging, Anti-Abuse and Spam Conference (CEAS), 2011. Best Paper Award
    PDF | BibTex

Awards and Fellowships

  • Google-WWW2016 Student Grant to attend WWW 2016
  • Microsoft Research India Travel Grant to attend WWW 2016
  • Student Travel Grant to attend COSN, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, PST, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, APWG eCRS, 2014
  • NIXI Travel Grant, 2014
  • TCS PhD Research Fellowship, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, APWG eCRS, 2012
  • Google India Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, CEAS, 2011

Blog Posts

  • A Day at Google, Banglore, winning the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2012:
    Amongst 30 unread emails in my inbox, there was one about 'Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2012' application which I quickly opened and closed without really reading the content. I had heard about the scholarship before and knew that it was awarded to very few students; mostly from top-notch institutes like the IITs. There was no chance of me getting through, rather read the other emails I thought! But after a lot of persuasion from my father, I grumpily filled out the application form. Read More

  • PhishAri : Real-Time Phishing Detection on Twitter:
    There has been a lot of research and publications on spam detection on online social media, but there do not exist many real-world products which use these intelligent solutions. When we started with detection of phishing on Twitter, we decided to build a real-time system for Internet users based on our research which we named - PhishAri. Before we move on to how we built PhishAri, any guesses on what the name means? Well, its a combination of two words - Phish + Ari. "Phish" stands for "phishing" in short and "Ari" means "enemy" in Sanskrit; PhishAri combats phishing by detecting phishing URLs spread through Twitter. Read More



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