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Markus Jakobsson

Markus Jakobsson, Chief Scientist for Agari, has spent more than 20 years as a security researcher, scientist and entrepreneur, studying phishing, crimeware and mobile security.
Prior to Agari, Jakobsson spearheaded research in malware, authentication, fraud, user interfaces and security technologies for Qualcomm. He also co-founded three digital startups – ZapFraud, RavenWhite and FatSkunk. Jakobsson has held key roles as Principal Scientist at PayPal, Xerox PARC and RSA Security. He holds more than 100 patents and is a visiting research fellow of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, San Diego and master’s degrees from both the University of California, San Diego and Lund University in Sweden.

Recent articles by Markus Jakobsson

  • Endpoint protection will never be able to catch up with “known wolves,” but machine learning and artificial perception can change the rules of engagement with models of “known good.”
  • In 1998, Intel announced the introduction of processor identities. Anti-fraud practitioners celebrated, security experts busied themselves thinking of the research implications, and privacy advocates were terrified...
  • Web site passwords are frustrating to many, especially on mobile devices, where entering them is time-consuming and error prone.
  • We designed and performed an experiment that allows us to take the pulse on Nigerian scammers. Are the scammers really from Nigeria? What do they want, and how do they get it?
  • When a new disease surfaces among humans or animals, the first thing we notice are the patterns of spread – not the structure of its DNA.
  • Anti-virus products scan for malware in two ways. They look for sequences of bits that are found in programs that are known to be “evil” (but which are not commonly found in “good” programs)...