About Me

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Michigan where I am working with Prof. Roya Ensafi. My research interests are digital security and privacy. I employ a mix of network and Internet measurement techniques to perform data-driven studies to analyze systems from security and privacy perspectives.

I am currently working my project: VPNalyzer, an academic research project that aims to analyze the VPN ecosystem through large-scale data-driven studies. VPNalyzer served as the first in a line of systematic investigations to evaluate popular VPNs at Consumer Reports! 🎉

I will be interning at Brave Research in the Summer of 2022!

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Publications

"All of them claim to be the best": Multi-perspective study
of VPN users and VPN providers

Reethika Ramesh, A. Vyas, and R. Ensafi
To Appear In: USENIX Security Symposium 2023 (USENIX Security '23)

OpenVPN is Open to VPN Fingerprinting

D. Xue, Reethika Ramesh, A. Jain, M. Kallitsis, J. Halderman, J. Crandall, and R. Ensafi
In: USENIX Security Symposium 2022 (USENIX Security '22)
Distinguished paper award 🏆
Won First Prize 🏆 in the 2022 Internet Defense Prize 🏆

VPNalyzer: Systematic Investigation of the VPN Ecosystem

Reethika Ramesh, L. Evdokimov, D. Xue, and R. Ensafi
In: Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium 2022

Throttling Twitter: An Emerging Censorship Technique in Russia

D. Xue, Reethika Ramesh, ValdikSS, L. Evdokimov, A. Viktorov, A. Jain, E. Wustrow, S. Basso, and R. Ensafi
In: ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2021
Recognized as the Highest Scoring Short Paper at IMC'21

Decentralized Control: A Case Study of Russia

Reethika Ramesh, R. Sundara Raman, M. Bernhard, V. Ongkowijaya, L. Evdokimov, A. Edmundson, S. Sprecher, M. Ikram, and R. Ensafi
In: Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium 2020, 23-26 February 2020, San Diego, CA, USA
Top 10 Finalist at the CSAW '20 Applied Research Competition.

Measuring the Deployment of Network Censorship Filters at Global Scale

R. Sundara Raman, A. Stoll, J. Dalek, Reethika Ramesh, W. Scott, R.Ensafi
In: Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS) Symposium 2020, 23-26 February 2020, San Diego, CA, USA


Workshop Publications and Talks

Investigating the VPN Recommendation Ecosystem

Reethika Ramesh, A. Huremagic, C. Sharp, R. Ensafi
In: The IEEE SPW 6th Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro '22)

Building the VPNalyzer System

Reethika Ramesh
Talk given at: Workshop on Learning from Authoritative Security Experiment Results (LASER) 2022, Colocated with NDSS'22


Service

  • Serving on the Program Committee for the ACM SIGCOMM 2021 Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI '21) co-located with SIGCOMM 2021.

  • I served as the Student Organizer for the 10th USENIX FOCI '20 workshop co-located with USENIX Security 20.

  • I served as the Treasurer for the student organization Ensemble of CSE Ladies+ (ECSEL+), a post to which I was elected two terms August 2019-August 2021.

  • I am part of the Women in SEcurity Research (WISER) group at the University of Michigan.


Teaching

  • Fall 2020 - EECS 588 - Computer & Network Security - Worked as a graduate student instructor for EECS 588. My responsibilties included leading lectures and discussions, inviting and facilitating guest lectures, helping students with their projects, holding office hours, and grading.