Enze "Alex" Liu

Computer Security and Privacy Researcher

About Me

Hi, my name is Enze (pronounced like the italian name Enzo) Liu. I also go by the English name "Alex". I am a fourth-year PhD student in Computer Science at UC San Diego proudly advised by Stefan Savage and Geoff Voelker. I am broadly interested in understanding, modeling and mitigating real-world cybercrime. My current research focuses on email spoofing (broadly, email security) and Android stalkerware (broadly, Android security). Previously, I am fortunate to have done some research on passwords with David Cash and Blase Ur at the University of Chicago.

Outside the context of research, my most important identity is Christian (and my favorite verse is Job 42:5: "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you."). When not squashing bugs or hacking a server, I enjoy swimming, walking around the city (ideally, with friends), playing tennis/table tennis and hunting for great food. Occasionally, you can find me surfing or rock climbing (top roping and bouldering) with my friends. My hometown is Wuhan, China.

Education


University of California San Diego

PhD in Computer Science

2019.06 - Present

https://www.ucsd.edu

The University of Chicago

MS in Computer Science

2016.09 - 2018.03

https://www.uchicago.edu

University College London

Study Abroad

2015.09 - 2016.06

https://www.ucl.ac.uk

Beijing Institute of Technology

BS in Software Engineering

2012.09 - 2016.06

https://www.bit.edu.cn

La Jolla, CA
e7liu@eng.ucsd.edu
https://alexliu0809.github.io
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Recent News

  • [2022-08-01] Our paper that studies the functionality and insecurity of consumer android spyware apps is accepted to PETS '23!
  • [2021-08-19] Two papers are accepted to IMC '21! Stay tuned for the camera ready paper.
  • [2021-01-06] Trufflehunter is awarded IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP)! Woohoo!
  • [2020-10-26] We've released our code for Trufflehunter.
  • [2020-08-11] Trufflehunter is accepted to IMC 2020! Big congrats to our lead author Audrey.
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  • Skills

    Python, Java, C, C#, Scala, HTML, Bash

    Git, Wireshark, Spark, John the Ripper, Hashcat

    Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop