I am currently a second-year master student at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, advised by Prof. Yu Jiang. I am proud to be a member of the Software System Security Assurance Group - WingTecher Lab. Previously, I received my bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

I am interested in the intersection of data, security, and system, with a focus on program analysis, malware analysis and mitigation, data and privacy protection, fuzzing, and IoT security. Guided by a relentless pursuit of understanding and mitigating evolving computer security threats, I am committed to designing and developing practical security tools that prioritize the detection and defense against diverse vulnerabilities for software and systems. My research journey explores both established and emerging domains, aiming to contribute to the broader field of computer security through innovative solutions.

Outside of research, I enjoy table tennis, running, livehouse bands performance, science fictions, and fantacy novels.

🔥 News

  • 2024.07:  I am spending this summer at the University of Chicago as a visiting student researcher, hosted by Prof. Grant Ho. Excited!
  • 2024.04:  Gave a talk in ICSE’24 research track. Shout out to the new friends I met in Lisbon!
  • 2023.10:  MarauderMap is accepted to ICSE’24. Let’s meet in Lisbon, Portugal next April🎉
  • 2023.03:  Animagus is accepted to Oakland’23. 🎉
  • 2022.09:  New journey begins at Tsinghua University. Go Purple!
  • 2022.08:  Midas is accepted to EMSOFT’22. 🎉
  • 2022.07:  CJI-Framework is accepted to IP&M. 🎉
  • 2022.06:  Graduated from Sichuan University. Bye, Chengdu. Bye, pandas.🐼🐼🐼 Ceremony / Vlog
  • 2022.06:  Selected as ‘Top 10 Undergraduate of 2022’. Thank you for everyone who supports me! News
  • 2022.05:  Gave a talk in the School of Cyber Science and Engineering, SCU. News 网安菁英

📝 Publications


An Empirical Study of Data Disruption by Ransomware Attacks

Yiwei Hou, Lihua Guo, Chijin Zhou, Yiwen Xu, Zijing Yin, Shanshan Li, Chengnian Sun, Yu Jiang

The 46th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE’24)

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Acceptance Rate: 234/1051=22.3%


Limits of I/O Based Ransomware Detection: An Imitation Based Attack

Chijin Zhou, Lihua Guo, Yiwei Hou, Zhenya Ma, Quan Zhang, Mingzhe Wang, Zhe Liu, Yu Jiang

The 44th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P / Oakland’23)

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Acceptance Rate: 195/1147=17.0%


MIDAS: Safeguarding IoT Devices Against Malware via Real-Time Behavior Auditing

Yiwen Xu, Zijing Yin, Yiwei Hou, Jianzhong Liu, Yu Jiang

The 22nd ACM SIGBED International Conference on Embedded Software (EMSOFT’22)

IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits & Systems (TCAD 2022)

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IP&M 59(5)

Identification of Chinese Dark Jargons in Telegram Underground Markets Using Context-oriented and Linguistic Features

Yiwei Hou, Hailin Wang, Haizhou Wang

Information Processing and Management (IP&M 2022 59(5))

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A Novel Framework of Identifying Chinese Jargons for Telegram Underground Markets

Hailin Wang, Yiwei Hou, Haizhou Wang

The 30th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN’21)


🎖 Honors and Awards

  • 2024.03 Deng Feng Fund for International Conference Travel, Tsinghua University
  • 2023.10 Tsinghua-Jining Scholarship, Tsinghua University
  • 2022.11 Tsinghua-Jining Scholarship, Tsinghua University
  • 2022.06 Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Sichuan Province
  • 2022.06 ‘Top 10 Undergraduate of 2022’, Sichuan University (10 undergraduates among 32,000+)
  • 2020.11 National Scholarship (Top 0.2% in China)
  • 2019.12 Cybersecurity Merit Student Scholarship
  • 2019.11 National Scholarship (Top 0.2% in China)

📖 Education

  • 2022.09 - 2025.06 (expected), M.Eng. in Software Engineering, Tsinghua University.
  • 2018.09 - 2022.06, B.Eng. in Cybersecurity, Sichuan University. Ranked 1/172, GPA 3.94/4.0
  • 2019.07, Undergraduate Summer School in EECS, University of California, Berkeley.

💻 Academic Service

  • Journal Reviewer: Information Processing & Management
  • Artifact Evaluation Committee (AEC): CCS’23, ISSTA’24
  • External Reviewer: EMSOFT’22, ICSE’24, FSE’24, ISSTA’24, EMSOFT’24, ICSE’25
2024 Spring in THU
ICSE24 in Lisbon
ICSE24 in Lisbon