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2004 - Ellick Chan

Ellick is a joint degree Ph.D./MBA candidate at the University of Illinois. His research on security and forensics is being funded through the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) program, an $18.8 million grant from the Department of Energy to study Smart Grid Security.  Ellick’s research can detect and neutralize certain kinds of malware by analyzing the information on a computer and the sequence of the computer’s activities.  He has also worked on security and reliability initiatives for mobile phones.

Ellick has published several conference papers.  BootJacker, the most recent, describes how an attacker can compromise a computer through a forced reboot.  Another paper, Cloaker, identifies a hardware vulnerability on mobile phones that enables attackers to write malicious software to stealthily attain and maintain control of someone’s phone.

This summer, Ellick will be interning at Microsoft Research where he will be focusing on security technologies.   He hopes to continue working in research in the future. Ellick has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from UIUC. On the side, he is a blossoming photographer who never goes anywhere without his camera.  He also enjoys biking, hiking, the arts, and playing with his new iPad.