My research interests centre on networked systems, particularly in the context of security and measurement. Currently, I am working on the design, scalability and applications of blockchains with George Danezis and Sarah Meiklejohn as part of the EU DECODE and EPSRC Glass Houses projects. I am also interested in measurement and characterization of IP liveness via active Internet scans. Another area of research is understanding online ecosystems, focusing on propaganda in online media.
I received my Ph.D. degree ("Characterization of Internet Censorship from Multiple Perspectives") from the University of Cambridge in 2017 under the supervision of Jon Crowcroft (and co-supervised by Steven Murdoch, Vern Paxson, and Ross Anderson) where I was an Honorary Cambridge Trust Scholar, and was awarded the Mary Bradburn Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates for my research work. Previously I worked on Intrusion Detection Systems (Bro), and wrote an open-source software for botnet detection (BotFlex). I interned at ICSI, UC Berkeley in 2012 and 2013. I received my Master's degree in Computer and Communication Security from National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan in 2013 for which I was awarded the President's Gold Medal.
- The preprint of our SoK on blockchain consensus protocols is now up! Here's the blog post.
- Excited to co-chair IEEE Security & Privacy on the Blockchain (IEEE S&B) 2018!
- Chainspace, A Sharded Smart Contracts Platform has been accepted to NDSS 2018.
- I'll serve in the PC of IEEE workshop on Blockchain Technologies and Applications (BTA) 2018.
- The preprint of Chainspace, our sharded, smart contracts platform is now up! Here's the blog post.
- BuzzFeed published a piece on partisan news websites where I helped with data analysis: Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed.
- I'll serve in the PC of The Web Conference (WWW) 2018.
- I'll serve in the PC of USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI) 2017.
- I'll serve in the PC of Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2018.
- Our adblock detection work The Adblocking Tug-of-War appeared in USENIX ;login Magazine.
- My Ph.D. dissertation "Characterization of Internet censorship from multiple perspectives" is now available online.
- Our work on characterizing Internet censorship is featured on University of Cambridge Research.
- I talked about Internet censorship on Cambridge TV.
- Sheharbano Khattak, Tariq Elahi, Laurent Simon, Colleen Swanson, Steven J. Murdoch and Ian Goldberg. SoK: Making Sense of Censorship Resistance Systems. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, Vol. 2016, No. 4 (PETS), 2016.
- Sheharbano Khattak, David Fifield, Sadia Afroz,Mobin Javed, Srikanth Sundaresan, Vern Paxson, Steven J. Murdoch, and Damon McCoy. Do You See What I See? Differential Treatment of Anonymous Users. Proceedings of the 23rd Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2016.
- Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Syed Ali Khayam, Zartash Afzal Uzmi and Vern Paxson. A Look at the Consequences of Internet Censorship Through an ISP Lens. Proceedings of the 14th ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement (IMC), 2014. Best Paper Nomination.
- Rishab Nithyanand, Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Marjan Falahrastegar, Julia E. Powles, Emiliano De Cristofaro, Hamed Haddadi and Steven J. Murdoch. Ad-Blocking and Counter Blocking: A Slice of the Arms Race. Proceedings of the 6th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI), 2016. (USENIX ;login: Article)
- Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Philip D. Anderson and Vern Paxson. Towards Illuminating a Censorship Monitor’s Model to Facilitate Evasion. Proceedings of the 3rd USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI), 2013.
TalksThe complete list is here.
- My name is pronounced as Shahrbānū (شهربانو) (Meaning: "Lady of the Land", or "The Princess"). This name has appeared in various historic and folklorish contexts, and there are many songs (e.g., this, this, and this) named after me! :)
- I can speak English, Pashto (three dialects), Urdu (Native or Bilingual Proficiency), Punjabi (Limited Working Proficiency), Arabic and Persian (Elementary Proficiency).
- In my free time, I like to read about psychology, philosophy and literature; and I enjoy watching movies and long walks with my son.