Computer Security PhD Student
719 Soda Hall, UC Berkeley, 94720-1776
About MeI am a PhD student interested in botnets, E-Crime, and advertising fraud. My advisor is Vern Paxson. My previous research focused on Mobile Security, and before that the ParLab Tessellation and Akaros (formerly ROS) manycore operating systems. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Fall 2009.
Here is my CV.
- Paul Pearce, Vacha Dave, Chris Grier, Kirill Levchenko, Saikat Guha, Damon McCoy, Vern Paxson, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker, "Characterizing Large-Scale Click Fraud in ZeroAccess", 21st ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2014). [Paper] [Talk]
- Paul Pearce, Chris Grier, Vern Paxson, Vacha Dave, Damon McCoy, Goeffrey M. Voelker, and Stefan Savage. “The ZeroAccess Auto-Clicking and Search-Hijacking Click Fraud Modules”, Technical report, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley, Dec 2013. [Paper]
- Paul Pearce, Adrienne Porter Felt, Gabriel Nunez, David Wagner, "AdDroid: Privilege Separation for Applications and Advertisers in Android", 7th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS 2012). [Paper] [Talk]
- Brad Miller, Paul Pearce and Chris Grier, Christian Kreibich, Vern Paxson, "What’s Clicking What? Techniques and Innovations of Today’s Clickbots", 8th Conference on Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA 2011). [Paper] [Talk]
- Juan A. Colmenares, Sarah Bird, Henry Cook, Paul Pearce, David Zhu, John Shalf, Krste Asanovic, and John Kubiatowicz, "Resource Management in the Tessellation Manycore OS", 2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism (HotPar '10). [Paper]
- Kevin Klues, Barret Rhoden, David (Yu) Zhu, Paul Pearce, Eric Brewer, John Kubiatowicz. "Abstractions for Scalable Operating Systems on Manycore Architectures", Work-In-Progress, Poster, 22nd ACM Symposium Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '09). [Paper]
- I've guest lectured on Internet Freedom for Vern Paxson's undergraduate security course and Malware for David Wagner's.
- Spring 2013 I was a GSI for CS161 with Vern Paxson, for which I was awarded the CS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. My evaluation results are available here.
- During Summer 2010 I was the instructor for CS61C, a sophomore level CS class here at UC Berkeley. The course website complete with lectures etc is here. You can find my student evaluation results here.
- I was a GSI also for CS61C during Summer 2009.
- From Fall 2009 through Spring 2010 I was a member of the UC Berkeley EECS Undergraduate Study Committee.
LifeI am an avid Cal Football fanatic. I've bowled since I was 9, and carry an average in the 180s (high game is 289, darn 10 pin). While an undergraduate I initiated at the Mu Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the national EECS honor society. I am a proud product of the California Community College system, having attended both Chaffey and Mount San Antonio colleges.
New! I'm now really into biking and aquariums.
PowerPoint source to my slides are available upon request.