Who Am I? A little sumthin' about me

I'm an experienced security researcher interested in the technical aspects of malware deobfuscation, detection, removal and prevention with a focus on network security, mobile data exchange and advanced persistent threats.

With more than seven years of experience both as a technical journalist for high-profile media outlets such as Softpedia and as an online communication expert for international companies, I have been quoted in broad media such as the BBC, PC Magazine, The Verge, Mashable, Ars Technica, MSNBC and ZDNet, amongst others.

I've been working in the tech industry for well over 12 years as a writer, programmer, system administrator, engineer and policy maker. I am currently one of Bitdefender's spokespersons on technical matters, but what is expressed on this blog solely reflects my personal opinion and has nothing to do with my position at Bitdefender.

Some history

I started writing computer software in 1995 using the family's Z80-based computer. Armed with a HC 90 computer, a casette player and a 5.25'' floppy drive, I spent most of my childhood moving applications from casettes to floppy drives using Tape2Disk, an Assembler application I wrote from scratch. My collection of tapes and floppy drives is still functional, unlike my first computer though.

The early 2000s caught me learning web-based programming languages (mostly JavaScript and PHP) via tutorials published on the CD version of the CHIP magazine. Soon thereafter, I discovered the wonderful Delphi, an object-oriented programming language for Win32. By the time I ended highschool, I had learned the ins and outs of Windows programming. Some of my games and applications are still online, while others have never been carried to completion.

I signed up for my first real job in 2007 at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi where I used to study at that time. There is where I became acquainted with system administration, computer networking and computer clusters.

In 2008 I joined Bitdefender and started doing security. I'm currently a senior e-threat analyst with the Romanian antimalware vendor, where I'm building awesome stuff, curating the news for you and giving presentations about threats or technologies.