Dr. Yazan Boshmaf

Cyber Security

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Research Focus at QCRI

Dr. Yazan Boshmaf received his PhD. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) under the mentorship of Prof. Konstantin Beznosov and Prof. Matei Ripeanu. His PhD thesis presented one of the first security analyses of malicious socialbots on the web.

Dr. Boshmaf's research centers around the security and privacy of social and information networks, with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact the way people use technology and the Internet.

Previous Experience

Professional Experience

  • June 2015-May 2016: Software Engineer, Hootsuite
  • June 2015-August 2015: Research Intern, Microsoft
  • September 2013-November 2013: Research Intern, Telefonica
  • September 2012-November 2012: Research Intern, Facebook
  • May 2012-August 2012: Research Intern, Sophos
  • September 2008-September 2009, Stuttgart High
  • Performance Computing Center (HLRS)
  • September 2007-September 2008, Application Engineer, Intel

Professional Associations and Awards


  • PhD. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2015
  • M.Sc. Information Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2008
  • B.Sc. Computer Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan, 2005

Selected Research

Yazan Boshmaf, Matei Ripeanu, Konstantin Beznosov, and Elizeu Santos-Neto
Thwarting Fake OSN Accounts by Predicting their Victims; Proc. 8th ACM Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Security (AI-Sec ’15); Denver, CO, Oct 2015

Yazan Boshmaf, Dionysios Logothetis, Georgos Siganos, Jorge Lería, Jose Lorenzo, Matei Ripeanu, and Konstantin Beznosov
Leveraging Victim Prediction for Robust Fake Account Detection in OSNs; Proc. of 2015 Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS ’15); San Diego, CA, Feb 2015

Yazan Boshmaf, Konstantin Beznosov, and Matei Ripeanu; Graph-based Sybil Detection in Social and Information Systems
Proc. of 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM ’13); Niagara Falls, Canada, Aug 2013

Yazan Boshmaf, Ildar Muslukhov, Konstantin Beznosov, Matei Ripeanu
Key Challenges in Defending against Malicious Socialbots; Proc. of 5th USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET ’12); San Jose, CA, Apr 2012

Yazan Boshmaf, Ildar Muslukhov, Konstantin Beznosov, and Matei Ripeanu
The Socialbot Network: When Bots Socialize for Fame and Money; Proc. of 27th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC ’11); Orlando, FL, Dec 2011

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QCRI Summer Internship Program

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