I am a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. I am broadly interested in the economics of security/privacy.


I graduated from University of California, San Diego with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. I was advised by Alex C. Snoeren and Kirill Levchenko.


I obtained my undergraduate degree from Williams College under the guidance of Jeannie Albrecht.


I directed a series of Chinese cooking shows on Williamstown Community Television. I currently live in Philadephia. Reach me at yuxingh at princeton dot edu.

Select Publications

Tracking Ransomware End-to-End

Danny Yuxing Huang, Maxwell Matthaios Aliapoulios, Vector Guo Li, Luca Invernizzi, Elie Bursztein, Kylie McRoberts, Jonathan Levin, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren, Damon McCoy.

IEEE Security and Privacy Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 2018.

Full Text | Talk Video | Data | Slides | Summary on the Morning Paper

Botcoin: Monetizing Stolen Cycles

Danny Yuxing Huang, Hitesh Dharmdasani, Sarah Meiklejohn, Vacha Dave, Chris Grier, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Nicholas Weaver, Alex C. Snoeren, Kirill Levchenko.

Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). San Diego, CA. February 2014.

Full Text | Slides | Poster | National Public Radio (San Diego) | Reuters

Backpage and Bitcoin: Uncovering Human Traffickers

Rebecca S. Portnoff, Danny Yuxing Huang, Periwinkle Doerfler, Sadia Afroz, Damon McCoy

ACM SIGKDD Conference. Halifax, Nova Scotia. August 2017.

Full Text | Reuters | Fortune | BBC | Fast Company | New Scientist | Xinhua | Press Release | Jupyter Code

Estimating Profitability of Alternative Crypto-currencies (Altcoins)

Danny Yuxing Huang, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren

Financial Cryptography and Data Security. Curacao. February 2018.

Full Tech Report | Short Paper | Slides | Talk

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

Danny Yuxing Huang, Doug Grundman, Kurt Thomas, Abhishek Kumar, Elie Bursztein, Kirill Levchenko, Alex C. Snoeren.

International World Wide Web Conference (WWW). Perth, Australia. April, 2017.

Full Text | Slides | Fortune | National Public Radio (San Diego) | Google Research Blog | The Times | New Scientist

Framing Dependencies Introduced by Underground Commoditization

Kurt Thomas, Danny Yuxing Huang, David Wang, Elie Bursztein, Chris Grier, Thomas J. Holt, Christopher Kruegel, Damon McCoy, Stefan Savage, Giovanni Vigna.

Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS). The Netherlands. June 2015.

Full Text | Wired Magazine

Stressing Out: Bitcoin "Stress Testing"

Khaled Baqer, Danny Yuxing Huang, Nicholas Weaver, Damon McCoy.

The Third Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research, in association with Financial Cryptography and Data Security. Barbados. February 2016.

Full Text

High-Fidelity Switch Models for Software-Defined Network Emulation

Danny Yuxing Huang, Kenneth Yocum, Alex C. Snoeren

ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN). Hong Kong. August 2013.

Full Text | Slides | Video | Best Student Presentation

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