Publications

  • NoMoAds: Effective and Efficient Cross-App Mobile Ad-Blocking
    Anastasia Shuba, Athina Markopoulou, Zubair Shafiq
    Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), 2018.
    Acceptance rate: 16.5%
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  • Real-time Video Quality of Experience Monitoring for HTTPS and QUIC
    M. Hammad Mazhar, Zubair Shafiq
    IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2018.
    Acceptance rate: 309/1606=19.2%
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  • Measuring and Disrupting Anti-Adblockers Using Differential Execution Analysis
    Shitong Zhu, Xunchao Hu, Zhiyun Qian, Zubair Shafiq, Heng Yin
    Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018.
    Acceptance rate: 71/331=21.4%
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  • Optimizing Internet Transit Routing for Content Delivery Networks
    Faraz Ahmed, Zubair Shafiq, Amir Khakpour, Alex X. Liu
    IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2018.
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  • The Ad Wars: Retrospective Measurement and Analysis of Anti-Adblock Filter Lists
    Umar Iqbal, Zubair Shafiq, Zhiyun Qian
    ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 42/179=23.5%
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  • Measuring and Mitigating OAuth Access Token Abuse by Collusion Networks
    Shehroze Farooqi, Fareed Zaffar, Nektarios Leontiadis, Zubair Shafiq
    ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 42/179=23.5%
    Best Paper Award
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  • Peering vs. Transit: Performance Comparison of Peering and Transit Interconnections
    Adnan Ahmed, Zubair Shafiq, Harkeerat Bedi, Amir Khakpour
    IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 39/209=18.7%
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  • Suffering from Buffering? Detecting QoE Impairments in Live Video Streams
    Adnan Ahmed, Zubair Shafiq, Harkeerat Bedi, Amir Khakpour
    IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 39/209=18.7%
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  • Multipath TCP Traffic Diversion Attacks and Countermeasures
    Ali Munir, Zhiyun Qian, Zubair Shafiq, Alex Liu, Franck Le
    IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 39/209=18.7%
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  • Accurate Detection of Automatically Spun Content via Stylometric Analysis
    Usman Shahid, Shehroze Farooqi, Raza Ahmad, Zubair Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan, Fareed Zaffar
    IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 72/778=9.25%
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  • Measuring, Characterizing, and Detecting Facebook Like Farms
    Muhammad Ikram, Lucky Onwuzurike, Shehroze Farooqi, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, Zubair Shafiq
    ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security, 2017.
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  • Characterizing and Modeling Patching Practices of Industrial Control Systems
    Brandon Wang, Xiaoye Li, Leandro P. de Aguiar, Daniel S. Menasche, Zubair Shafiq
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 27/203=13.3%
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  • Detecting Anti Ad-blockers in the Wild
    Muhammad Haris Mughees, Zhiyun Qian, and Zubair Shafiq
    Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 22.5%
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  • Distributed Load Balancing in Key-Value Networked Caches
    Sikder Huq, Zubair Shafiq, Sukumar Ghosh, Amir Khakpour, Harkeerat Bedi
    IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 90/531=16.9%
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  • Revisiting The American Voter on Twitter
    Huyen Le, G.R. Boynton, Yelena Mejova, Zubair Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan
    ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 25%
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  • Bumps and Bruises: Mining Presidential Campaign Announcements on Twitter
    Huyen Le, G.R. Boynton, Yelena Mejova, Zubair Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan
    ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT), 2017.
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  • Scalable News Slant Measurement Using Twitter
    Huyen Le, Zubair Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan
    AAAI International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: (49 full + 62 short)/357 = 31%
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  • Cascade Size Prediction in Online Social Networks
    Zubair Shafiq, Alex Liu
    IFIP Networking, 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 43/150=28.7%
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  • A Graph Theoretic Approach to Fast and Accurate Malware Detection
    Zubair Shafiq, Alex Liu
    IFIP Networking, 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 43/150=28.7%
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  • Characterizing Key Stakeholders in an Online Black-Hat Marketplace
    Shehroze Farooqi, Muhammad Ikram, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedman, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, Zubair Shafiq, Fareed Zaffar
    IEEE/APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime), 2017.
    Acceptance rate: 7/17 = 41%
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  • A Traffic Flow Approach to Early Detection of Gathering Events: Comprehensive Results
    Amin Khezerlou, Xun Zhou, Lufan Li, Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu, Fan Zhang
    ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 2017.
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  • Optimizing Internet Transit Routing for Content Delivery Networks
    Faraz Ahmed, Zubair Shafiq, Amir Khakpour, Alex X. Liu
    IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2016.
    Acceptance rate: 46/229=20.1%
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  • Malware Slums: Measurement and Analysis of Malware on Traffic Exchanges
    Salman Yousaf, Umar Iqbal, Shehroze Farooqi, Raza Ahmad, Zubair Shafiq, Fareed Zaffar
    IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), 2016.
    Acceptance rate: 58/259=22.4%
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  • QoE Analysis of a Large-Scale Live Video Streaming Event
    Adnan Ahmed, Zubair Shafiq, Amir Khakpour
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2016.
    Acceptance rate: (28 full + 33 extended abstract)/208=29.3%
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  • The Internet is For Porn: Measurement and Analysis of Online Adult Traffic
    Faraz Ahmed, Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu
    IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), 2016.
    Acceptance rate: 68/386=17.6%
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  • Characterizing Caching Workload of a Large Commercial Content Delivery Network
    Zubair Shafiq, Amir R. Khakpour, Alex X. Liu
    IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2016.
    Acceptance rate: 300/1644=18.3%
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  • What Campaigns Become as Social Media Become the Infrastructure of Political Communication
    G.R. Boynton, Huyen Le, Yelena Mejova, Zubair Shafiq, Padmini Srinivasan
    Social Media and Politics, Vol 1, pp. 21-40, 2016.
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  • A Traffic Flow Approach to Early Detection of Gathering Events
    Xun Zhou, Amin Vahedian Khezerlou, Alex Liu, Zubair Shafiq, Fan Zhang
    ACM SIGSPATIAL, 2016.
    Acceptance rate: 40/217 = 18.4%
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  • The Rich and the Poor: A Markov Decision Process Approach to Optimizing Taxi Driver Revenue Efficiency
    Huigui Rong, Xun Zhou, Chang Yang, Zubair Shafiq, Alex Liu
    ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), 2016.
    Acceptance rate: (165 long + 105 short)/1644=28.9%
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  • Characterizing and Optimizing Cellular Network Performance during Crowded Events
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Shobha Venkataraman, Jia Wang
    IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 24(3): 1308-1321, 2016.
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  • Tracking Mobile Video QoE in the Encrypted Internet
    Zubair Shafiq
    NSF/FCC Workshop on Tracking Quality of Experience in the Internet, 2015.
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  • Bidirectional Crosslayer QoE Optimization
    Srikanth Sundaresan, Zubair Shafiq
    NSF/FCC Workshop on Tracking Quality of Experience in the Internet, 2015.
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  • Geospatial and Temporal Dynamics of Application Usage in Cellular Data Networks
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang
    IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 14(7): 1369-1381, 2015.
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  • Paying for Likes? Understanding Facebook Like Fraud Using Honeypots
    Emiliano De Cristofaro, Arik Friedmam, Guillaume Jourjon, Dali Kaafar, Zubair Shafiq
    ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), 2014.
    Acceptance rate: 43/188=22.9%
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During Grad School

  • Understanding the Impact of Network Dynamics on Mobile Video User Engagement
    Zubair Shafiq, Jeffrey Erman, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2014.
    Acceptance rate: 40/238=16.8%
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  • Revisiting Caching in Content Delivery Networks
    Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu, Amir Khakpour
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2014.
    Acceptance rate: (40 full + 32 extended abstract)/238=30.2%
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  • A First Look at Cellular Network Performance during Crowded Events
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Shobha Venkataraman, Jia Wang
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2013.
    Acceptance rate: 27/196=13.8%
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  • Who are You Talking to? Breaching Privacy in Encrypted IM Networks
    Muhammad U. Ilyas, Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu, Hayder Radha
    IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2013
    Acceptance rate: 46/251 = 18.3%
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  • Cross-Path Inference Attacks on Multipath TCP
    Zubair Shafiq, Franck Le, Mudhakar Srivatsa, Alex X. Liu
    ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets), 2013.
    Acceptance rate: 26/110=23.6%
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  • Is News Sharing on Twitter Ideologically Biased?
    Jonathan Morgan, Cliff Lampe, Zubair Shafiq
    ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2013.
    Acceptance rate: 139/390=35.6%
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  • Large Scale Measurement and Characterization of Cellular Machine-to-Machine Traffic
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang
    IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 21(6): 1960-1973, 2013.
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  • Identifying Leaders and Followers in Online Social Networks
    Zubair Shafiq, Muhammad U. Ilyas, Alex X. Liu, Hayder Radha
    IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 31(9): 618-628, 2013.
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  • A Distributed Algorithm for Identifying Information Hubs in Social Networks
    Muhammad U. Ilyas, Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu, Hayder Radha
    IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 31(9): 629-640, 2013.
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  • TCAMChecker: A Software Approach to the Error Detection and Correction of TCAM-based Networking Systems
    Zubair Shafiq, Chad Meiners, Alex Liu, Ke Shen, Zheng Qin
    Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM), 21(3): 335-352, 2013.
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  • A First Look at Cellular Machine-to-Machine Traffic
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2012.
    Acceptance rate: 31/203=15.3%
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  • A Semantics Aware Approach to Automated Reverse Engineering Unknown Protocols
    Yipeng Wang, Xiaochun Yun, Zubair Shafiq, Liyan Wang, Alex X. Liu, Zhibin Zhang, Danfeng(Daphne) Yao, Yongzheng Zhang, Li Guo
    IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2012.
    Acceptance rate: 30/131=22.9%
    Best Paper Award
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  • A Large Scale Exploratory Analysis of Software Vulnerability Life Cycles
    Muhammad Shahzad, Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu
    International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), 2012.
    Acceptance rate: 87/408=21.3%
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  • Characterizing Geospatial Dynamics of Application Usage in a 3G Cellular Data Network
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jeffrey Pang, Jia Wang
    IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2012.
    Acceptance rate: 278/1547=17.9%
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  • Characterizing and Modeling Internet Traffic Dynamics of Cellular Devices
    Zubair Shafiq, Lusheng Ji, Alex X. Liu, Jia Wang
    ACM SIGMETRICS, 2011.
    Acceptance rate: 26/177=14.6%
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  • A Distributed and Privacy-Preserving Algorithm for Identifying Information Hubs in Social Networks
    Muhammad U. Ilyas, Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu, Hayder Radha
    IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2011.
    Acceptance rate: 427/1283=23.4%
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  • A Random Walk Approach to Modeling the Dynamics of the Blogosphere
    Zubair Shafiq, Alex X. Liu
    IFIP Networking, 2011.
    Acceptance rate: 64/294=21.7%
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Before Grad School

  • PE-Miner: Mining Structural Information to Detect Malicious Executables in Realtime
    Zubair Shafiq, Syeda Momina Tabish, Fauzan Mirza, Muddassar Farooq
    Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID), 2009.
    Acceptance rate: 17/59=28.8%
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  • Using Spatio-Temporal Information in API Calls with Machine Learning Algorithms for Malware Detection and Analysis
    Faraz Ahmed, Haider Hameed, Zubair Shafiq, Muddassar Farooq
    ACM CCS Workshop on Security and Artificial Intelligence (AISec), 2009.
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  • Malware Detection using Statistical Analysis of Byte-Level File Content
    Syeda Momina Tabish, Zubair Shafiq, Muddassar Farooq
    ACM SIGKDD Workshop on CyberSecurity and Intelligence Informatics (CSI-KDD), 2009.
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  • PE-Probe: Leveraging Packer Detection and Structural Information to Detect Malicious Portable Executables
    Zubair Shafiq, Syeda Momina Tabish, Muddassar Farooq
    Virus Bulletin Conference, 2009.
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  • Evolvable Malware
    Sadia Noreen, Shafaq Murtaza, Zubair Shafiq, Muddassar Farooq
    ACM SIGEVO Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2009.
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  • Embedded Malware Detection using Markov n-grams
    Zubair Shafiq, Syed Ali Khayam, Muddassar Farooq
    Detection of Intrusions and Malware & Vulnerability Assessment (DIMVA), 2008.
    Acceptance rate: 14/42=33%
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  • Improving Accuracy of Immune Inspired Malware Detectors using Intelligent Features
    Zubair Shafiq, Syed Ali Khayam, Muddassar Farooq
    ACM SIGEVO Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), 2008.
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  • Fuzzy Case Based Reasoning for Facial Expression Recognition
    Aasia Khanum, Muid Mufti, M. Y. Javed, Zubair Shafiq
    Elsevier Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 2009
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