Hitesh Dharmdasani

I love building products. Especially ones that solve networking and security problems. I started Informant Networks in 2015 and have since also worked along side with AnexGate in building and deploying security products for the Indian market.

I previously was a Security Researcher at FireEye where I mainly researched new threats and did reverse engineering to improve malware detection. Prior to that I worked at The International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley where I was working on the monetization of bitcoin mining malware and web search order hijacking

During the course of my academics I had the great fortune of being advised by Dr. Damon McCoy. My interests lie in the intersection of Computer Security, Economics of Cyber crime and Machine Learning. I am also a part of the Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR)


Priceless: The Role of Payments in Abuse-advertised Goods

Damon McCoy, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Christian Kreibich, Geoffrey M. Voelker and Stefan Savage
Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, Raleigh, NC, October 2012.

Botnets and Crypto Currency - Effects of Botnets on the Bitcoin Ecosystem

Masters Degree Thesis
George Mason University, 2013

Botcoin: Bitcoin-Mining by Botnets.

Danny Yuxing Huang, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Sarah Meiklejohn, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren, Stefan Savage, Nicholas Weaver, Chris Grier, Damon McCoy.
Proceedings of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), San Diego, CA, February 2014

To Catch a Ratter: Monitoring the Behavior of Amateur DarkComet RAT Operators in the Wild

Brown Farinholt, Mohammad Rezaeirad, Paul Pearce, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Haikuo Yiny, Stevens Le Blond, Damon McCoy, Kirill Levchenko
38th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland 2017)

Schrödinger’s RAT: Profiling the Stakeholders in the Remote Access Trojan Ecosystem

Mohammad Rezaeirad, Brown Farinholt, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Paul Pearce, Kirill Levchenko, Damon McCoybr> 27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX 2018).


George Mason University

Masters of Science
Information Security and Assurance
August 2011 - May 2013

KLS Gogte Insitute of Technology

Bachelors of Engineering
Computer Science
September 2007 - May 2011

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