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Alex Halderman

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J. Alex Halderman is professor of Computer Science in the University of Michigan College of Engineering, where he is also director of the Center for Computer Security & Society. Halderman's research focuses on computer security and privacy, with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact society and public policy.

Halderman was awarded the A.B. summa cum laude in June 2003, the M.A. in June 2005, and the Ph.D. in June 2009, all in Computer Science from Princeton University. His dissertation, Investigating Security Failures and their Causes: An Analytic Approach to Computer Security,[1] was prepared under the mentorship of Ed Felten.

At the University of Michigan, Halderman has been central to a number of projects including anticensorship in the network infrastructure, weak Diffie-Hellman and the Logjam attack, and the Let’s Encrypt HTTPS certificate authority.

In 2016, Halderman was profiled in Playboy.[2]

After the 2016 United States presidential election, computer scientists, including Halderman, urged the Clinton campaign to request an election recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (three swing states where Trump had won narrowly, while Clinton won New Hampshire and Maine narrowly) for the purpose of excluding the possibility that the hacking of electronic voting machines had influenced the recorded outcome.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Halderman, J.Alex (June 2009). Investigating Security Failures and their Causes: An Analytic Approach to Computer Security (Thesis). Princeton University. OCLC 416111742. 
  2. ^ Friess, Steve (29 September 2016). "Technology Will Destroy Democracy Unless This Man Stops It". Playboy. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  3. ^ CNN, Dan Merica. "Computer scientists to Clinton campaign: Challenge election results". CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Hillary Clinton Supporters Call for Vote Recount in Battleground States". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  5. ^ Halderman, J. Alex (2016-11-24). "Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots". Medium. Retrieved 2016-11-24.