Elena Lucherini

Visiting Researcher @ Northeastern



I am a visiting researcher at Northeastern University in Boston, advised by Alan Mislove.

Previously, I was a M.Sc. student at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. I developed my Master's thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, advised by Björn Brandenburg. My advisor at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna was Giorgio Buttazzo.

Master's Thesis: Design and Implementation of a Memory Allocator to Achieve Cache Partitioning in the Linux Kernel. [pdf]

Current work @ Northeastern University

I am investigating the privacy implications of social networks' ad targeting platforms. These services provide advertisers with a number of tools to directly select the users to whom their ad is shown. However, if not implemented carefully, direct ad targeting can leak users' personal information to advertisers. In this context, I am reverse-engineering the Facebook Ads platform to show how adversaries can exploit the interface to infer other users' personal information and online activity. The final goal is to propose a fix to prevent potential attacks, while maintaining the useful features of targeted advertising.


Academic Projects