Email: akashaf <at> cmu <dot> edu
RMCIC 222F, Cylab, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh 15213

Aqsa Kashaf

I am a PhD student in Carnegie Mellon University co-advised by Vyas Sekar and Yuvraj Agarwal.

My research focuses on Network Security, particularly Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Currently, I am working on building reconnaisance techniques to profile the defense capabilities of DDoS defense systems. The overall focus of my research is to understand the resilience of the Internet against DDoS attacks.

I earned my B.S. in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. During my undergraduate degree, I worked with Dr. Ihsan Ayyub Qazi and Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi, on building a system to perform censorship measurements and provide adaptive circumvention. I also worked on mitigating datacenter incast congestion using RTO randomization.


January 4, 2021 I received the IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize 2021 for my IMC’20 paper
December 4, 2020 I will be participating in the IEEE S&P 2021, Shadow PC
November 30, 2020 Our IMC’20 paper received some media coverage on ZDNet and Help Net Security
October 27, 2020 I presented our paper Analyzing Third Party Service Dependencies in Modern Web Services: Have We Learned from the Mirai-Dyn Incident at IMC’20. Watch the video here.