After a bit of juggling and finishing up research at Berkeley for the Spring (fingers crossed for IMC 2011), I landed an internship at Twitter over the Summer. My goal is to examine spam that is targeting their systems and to see whether any of the research ideas coming out of our Berkeley group are transferable. Plus, I get sweet sweet access to data.
Also, to my surprise, I won a fellowship from Facebook to continue performing security research into social networks (starting next Fall). The meat of my proposal include understanding malicious application usage, account abuse, and characterizing the monetization of social network spam. I’m delighted my proposal got some traction; now to just get the work done next year.