Meet the threat research team

We’re a sublime alloy of intelligence, strength and willpower. We have the sharp mind of the wolf and the sleekness of the dragon, the vigilance of the alpha-male and the indestructibility of the snake’s body. We are a unique combination of symbols that fight on Good’s side.

 

Razvan STOICA

Razvan STOICA

Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking. Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since. In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.


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Bogdan BOTEZATU

Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as director of threat research. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or planning removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.


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Liviu ARSENE

Liviu Arsene is the proud owner of the secret to the fountain of never-ending energy. That's what's been helping him work his everything off as a passionate tech news editor for the past couple of years. He is the youngest and most restless member of the Bitdefender writer team and he covers mobile malware and security topics with fervor and a twist. His passions revolve around gadgets and technology, and he's always ready to write about what's hot and trendy out there in geek universe.


Oana ASOLTANEI

Oana ASOLTANEI

Oana Asoltanei is a Security Researcher at Bitdefender. She focuses her research on Android malware and mobile security in general.


Silviu STAHIE

Silviu STAHIE

Silviu is a seasoned writer who followed the technology world for almost two decades, covering topics ranging from software to hardware and everything in between. He's passionate about security and the way it shapes the world, in all aspects of life. He's also a space geek, enjoying all the exciting new things the Universe has to offer.


Alexandru MAXIMCIUC

Alexandru MAXIMCIUC

Team Lead, Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab

Alexandru "Sasha" Maximciuc is a veteran security researcher with more than a decade of experience. His research is mostly focused on exploits, advanced persistent threats, cybercrime investigations, and packing technologies.


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Silvia Pripoae

Silvia Pripoae works as a Security Researcher in the Investigations and Forensics Unit. She discovered Computer Security during her first year of university and never looked back. She enjoys challenging herself, both when playing in CTFs in her spare time and in her daily work in botnet research and appreciates that working in this field keeps your skills honed and your mind sharp.


Janos Gergo SZELES

Janos Gergo SZELES

János Gergő Széles is a senior software engineer at Bitdefender. Passionate about malware behaviour analysis, he is continuously looking for new tricks employed by malicious actors. When not glued to the computer, he likes to spend time in nature and to take care of his bonsai. He believes that with perseverance, even the most challenging riddles can be solved.


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Vlad Constantin Ilie


Ivona Alexandra CHILI

Ivona Alexandra CHILI

Ivona Alexandra CHILI is a Forensics Engineer in the Bitdefender Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab. She has recently graduated Computer Sciences at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. With almost three years of experience in malware reverse enginnering, she aims to become a recognized professional in the field of cyber security. She strongly believes that working in anti-malware research sharpens a multitude of technical skills that would remain dormant in any other industry.


Alexandra Bocereg

Alexandra Bocereg

Alexandra is a Junior Security Researcher at Bitdefender, currently pursuing a master's degree in Software Engineering. She’s fond of cybersecurity because it involves thinking outside the box to find creative ways to tackle code, and it enables her to stay up to date with the latest technological advances in cyber threats. When she’s not looking at code, Alexandra spends her spare time enjoying a good book, traveling, and swimming.


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Luana PASCU

Security Specialist

From a young age, Luana knew that she wanted to become a writer. After having addressed topics such as NFC, startups, and tech innovation, she has now shifted focus to internet security, with a keen interest in smart homes and IoT threats. Luana is a supporter of women in tech and has a passion for entrepreneurship, technology, and startup culture.


Radu Tudorica

Radu Tudorica

Radu TUDORICA is a security researcher at Bitdefender and he's based Iasi, Romania. Passionate about malware research, advanced persistent threats, and cybercrime investigations, his hobbies involve reverse engineering and taking hardware apart and putting it back together again.


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Filip TRUȚĂ

Security Specialist

Filip is an experienced writer with over a decade of practice in the technology realm. He has covered a wide range of topics in such industries as gaming, software, hardware, and security, and has worked in various B2B and B2C marketing roles. He likes fishing (not phishing), basketball, and playing around in FL Studio.


Razvan Gabriel Gosa

Razvan Gabriel Gosa

Razvan Gosa is a Junior Security Researcher currently studying at the Politehnica University Timisoara. After joining Bitdefender as an intern and having the chance to try out various technologies, including machine learning, he’s now a full-time member of the Bitdefender team. Currently part of the Android team, his main focus is malware threat research. When he’s not at work, he’s either at home gaming or hiking with friends.


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Adrian Alexe


Horia Zegheru

Horia Zegheru

Horia Zegheru is currently studying a Masters Degree at University Politehnica of Bucharest and his work as a Data Scientist in Bitdefender (Big Data team) really boosted his interest in becoming more skilled in the Machine Learning area. His hope is to develop through projects like Detection of Homoglyph Attacks and explore this field of work at its full potential.


Simon Cirstoiu

Simon Cirstoiu

It wasn't me!


Ștefana GAL

Ștefana GAL

Stefana Gal - Software Engineer with a strong focus on malware behavior analysis. She has spent the past three years searching for the roots of human malice that branches in the virtual world through a mere set of computer operations. She believes that a low trust policy does not shield victims from the unpredictability of malware attacks, but rather from their effects. Let the unforeseeable wreak havoc in a secure environment.


Adina MATEESCU

Adina MATEESCU

Adina Mateescu is a Security Researcher at Bitdefender. She focuses her research on Android malware and mobile security in general.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching animes, reading, playing ping-pong or tennis, doing outdors activities with friends and have fun.


Jarret RAIM

Jarret RAIM


Cosmin Mihai CARP

Cosmin Mihai CARP

Cosmin Carp is a Junior Security Researcher at Bitdefender. He focuses on new malware and exploit analysis. In his spare time, he also experiments a lot by writing his own programming languages, compilers and emulators.


Bogdan Rusu

Bogdan Rusu

Bogdan Rusu is a Security Researcher whose daily activities revolve around analyzing Advanced Persistent Threats and actively being involved in cybercrime investigations. With a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, he is currently pursuing a Master's Degree as well. He enjoys writing code, finding out how things works by tearing them apart and peeking behind the curtain, and he loves tinkering by automating things.


Daniel Frederick CLAYTON

Daniel Frederick CLAYTON

Daniel's age is a closely guarded secreted, but he has admitted (in the bar) to fighting bad guys for more than 25 years. Having arrived at Bitdefender via British Intelligence, GCHQ and NSA earlier this year, he spends his time telling anyone that will listen that security is not just a 'technology problem', but a 'people problem' too. He's a strong advocate for the role of expertise-driven cyber hunting in a modern and effective security operation and can be heard laughing out loud when CISOs tell him how they have 'prevented all attacks'.


Ioan-Septimiu Dinulica

Ioan-Septimiu Dinulica

Ioan Septimiu Dinulica is a Junior Security Researcher and a Master's in Software Engineering student at Politehnica University of Timișoara. His main interests represent Android malware research and cloud computing. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, playing tennis and reading.


Ruben Andrei CONDOR

Ruben Andrei CONDOR

Ruben Andrei Condor is a young and enthusiastic security researcher at Bitdefender. Fascinated by cyber attacks, and driven by out-of-the-box thinking and creativity, he seeks to understand how malicious actors think and operate. When he's not looking for interesting malware or new attack techniques, he's probably nearby in the cool tech section. He believes that nothing is perfect, everything can be hacked - it just takes time.


Andrei ARDELEAN

Andrei ARDELEAN

Security Researcher

Andrei Ardelean has been doing security research at Bitdefender since his second year in university. He is passionate about computer science and engineering and believes the best way to keep you on your computer science toes is doing research in security. He likes hidden details and thinks that having his beliefs and ideas challenged is a great way to get a different perspective on a subject. When he isn't fiddling around with a computer, he likes playing sports and learning something new.


Cristina VATAMANU

Cristina VATAMANU

Senior Team Lead, Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab

Cristina Vatamanu is Senior Team Lead in the Cyber Threat intelligence Lab at Bitdefender. She is based in Iasi, Romania, and has more than 10 years of forensic work under her belt, being involved in malware analysis, cybercrime investigations, research projects for antimalware tools optimization. She graduated Computer Sciences and she has a PHD degree in machine learning used in hybrid models dedicated in detecting malicious programs.


Denis Cosmin NUTIU

Denis Cosmin NUTIU

As a security researcher at Bitdefender, Denis is passionate about all things related to computers and free software.


Cristofor OCHINCA

Cristofor OCHINCA

Security Researcher, Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab

At 12 he fell in love with C. At 17 he fell in love with Assembly and the art of pen-testing. At 23 he fell in love with AI and its applications in cyber security. Staying up to date with the latest innovations not only in the topics mentioned, but in tech in general is a passion rooted deep in his core mentality. Loves nature and meditation.


Alin Mihai Barbatei

Alin Mihai Barbatei

I joined the Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab (CTIL) team several ago and never looked back. At work I am continuously focusing on remediation of Android threats with everything that this involves; I can’t get too picky. In my spare time I like to learn stuff, read, go hiking and I also do a bit of kirigami.
Cliché or not, I actually do believe that if you are not constantly improving as a person you are in fact regressing.


Adrian SCHIPOR

Adrian SCHIPOR


Elena Flondor

Elena Flondor

Elena Flondor is a Security Researcher at Bitdefender. She focuses her research on Android malware and mobile security in general.


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Dan Horea LUȚAȘ

Senior Research Lead, GEMMA (Generic Exploit Mitigations for Mainstream Applications)

In 14+ years of experience in Information Security (all with Bitdefender), Dan tried to grasp many aspects of this complex topic – technical (operating systems internals, networking, hypervisor technologies), non-technical (auditing of information systems, security management), defensive (malware analysis, development of advanced detection and prevention technologies) and offensive (penetration testing, vulnerability analysis) – in order to have a holistic view of the domain. He obtained several InfoSec certifications (CISSP, CEH, CISA, OSCP, OSCE). Since 2016 he holds a PhD from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN). His current role with Bitdefender involves developing dynamic exploit detection techniques which are incorporated in all Bitdefender products. He teaches Information Systems Auditing and Incident Response & Forensics courses at a Master program in TUCN. He is the author / co-author of 5 scientific papers and 5 US patents regarding low-level hypervisor security.


Victor Vrabie

Victor Vrabie

Victor VRABIE is a security researcher at Bitdefender and he's based Iasi, Romania. Focusing on malware research, advanced persistent threats, and cybercrime investigations, he's also a graduate of Computer Sciences.


Eduard BUDACA

Eduard BUDACA

Eduard Budaca is a security researcher at Bitdefender. When not dissecting malware, he enjoys coding and playing video games. While perhaps too meticulous at times, he believes that digging deeper into the matter is often the only way to make sure that what you see is actually true.


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Andrei Vlad LUȚAȘ

Senior Team Lead, Hypervisor Introspection and Memory Protection Program
Andrei joined Bitdefender in October 2008, as a junior virus researcher; Initial responsibilities included reverse engineering of malicious samples, adding signatures for malicious files, developing disinfection routines and developing code-similarity methods and systems. He joined the R&D team in November 2011, as an Introspection Research Lead, and started developing today's cutting edge Hypervisor Memory Introspection engine. During his work on this project, he was involved in the writing of several academic papers, he spoke at several industry-leading conferences such as CERT-RO, USENIX, IDF or ISecCon, he demoed the HVMI solution at events such as Citrix Synergy or VMworld, and he worked at more than 10 patent applications. Currently, Andrei is a PhD student at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, and he leads the team responsible for the developing of the HVI solution, which grew from 3 people 5 years to ago to almost 20 today. His main interests are everything low-level related, such as reverse-engineering, hypervisor and hardware based security, side-channels, and security-oriented ISA extensions.


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Claudiu Stefan COBLIS

Security Researcher


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Cristian Alexandru ISTRATE

Team Lead, Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab