Ankit Gangwal

Ph.D. student in Brain, Mind, and Computer Science
University of Padova (Italy)

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      #711, 7th Floor, Staircase B,
Dipartimento di Matematica, via Trieste 63, 35121 Padova, Italy

About Me

I've earned Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree in Information Technology from RTU Kota, India and Master of Technology (M.Tech.) degree in Computer Science from MNIT Jaipur, India. Presently, I am a Ph.D. student in Brain, Mind, and Computer Science (BMCS) doctoral program at the University of Padova, Italy, with a fellowship for international students funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (CARIPARO). Here, I am a member of the Security and PRIvacy Through Zeal (SPRITZ) research group. Under the supervision of Prof. Mauro Conti, I am working on the security and privacy aspects of the blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and Software Defined Network (SDN).


Media Coverage


  • September 2019: Our paper "Detecting Covert Cryptomining using HPC" is available on arXiv.
  • May 2019: Our paper "Blockchain Trilemma Solver Algorand has Dilemma over Undecidable Messages" has been accepted at ARES '19.
  • May 2019: Our paper "On the Exploitation of Online SMS Receiving Services to Forge ID Verification" has been accepted at ARES '19.
  • March 2019: Our survey paper "The Road Ahead for Networking: A Survey on ICN-IP Coexistence Solutions" is available on arXiv.
  • January 2019: A short technical report "The True Scale of Extortions by Sextortion Emails" is available here.

  • November 2018: Our paper "Mind Your Wallet's Privacy: Identifying Bitcoin Wallet Apps and User's Actions through Network Traffic Analysis" has been accepted at ACM SAC '19.
  • August 2018: Our paper "On the Economic Significance of Ransomware Campaigns: A Bitcoin Transactions Perspective" has been accepted for publication in Elsevier Computers & Security.
  • April 2018: Our paper "Spot the Difference: Your Bucket is Leaking - A Novel Methodology to Expose A/B Testing Effortlessly" has been accepted at IEEE CNS '18 workshop: SPC '18.

  • August 2017: Our paper "A Comprehensive and Effective Mechanism for DDoS Detection in SDN" has been accepted at IEEE WiMob '17.
  • July 2017: Our paper "Blocking Intrusions at Border using Software Defined-Internet Exchange Point (SD-IXP)" has been accepted at
    IEEE NFV-SDN '17.
  • February 2017: Our paper "PANORAMA: Real-time Bird's Eye View of an OpenFlow Network" has been accepted at IEEE ICNSC '17.