|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Thesis||Minimum-Knowledge Transfer Protocol (1988)|
|Doctoral advisor||Zvi Galil|
Yung earned his PhD from Columbia University in 1988 under the supervision of Zvi Galil. In the past, he worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, CertCo, RSA Laboratories, and Google. In 2016, Yung moved from Google to Snap Inc. Yung is currently a research scientist at Google.
In 1996, Adam L. Young and Yung coined the term cryptovirology to denote the use of cryptography as an attack weapon via computer viruses and other malware in contrast to its traditional protective role. In particular, they described the first instances of ransomware using public-key cryptography.
In 1996, Adam L. Young and Yung introduced the notion of kleptography to show how cryptography could be used to attack host cryptosystems where the malicious resulting system with the embedded cryptologic tool in it resists reverse-engineering and cannot be detected by interacting with the host cryptosystem, as an argument against cryptographic systems and devices given by an external body as "black boxes" as was the Clipper chip and the Capstone program.
After the 2013 Snowden affair, the NIST was believed to have mounted the first kleptographic attack against the American Federal Information Processing Standard detailing the Dual EC DRBG, essentially exploiting the repeated discrete logarithm based "kleptogram" introduced by Young and Yung.
- In 2010 he was the annual Distinguished Lecturer of the International Association for Cryptologic Research at Eurocrypt.
- In 2013 he became a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
- In 2014 he received the ESORICS (European Symposium on Research in Computer Security) Outstanding Research Award.
- In 2014 he became a fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.
- In 2014 he received the ACM's SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award.
- In 2015 he became an IEEE fellow.
- In 2017 Yung became a fellow of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science.
- In 2018 Yung received the W. Wallace McDowell Award by the IEEE Computer Society.
- Moti Yung at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Dave, Paresh (March 29, 2016), "This week in L.A. tech: Three Day Rule lands funding, Snapchat snags encryption expert and Surf Air flies north", Los Angeles Times
- "Moti Yung". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
- Young, A.; M. Yung (1996). Cryptovirology: extortion-based security threats and countermeasures. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. pp. 129–140. doi:10.1109/SECPRI.1996.502676. ISBN 0-8186-7417-2.
- Infosecurity Magazine: The Dark Side of Cryptography: Kleptography in Black-Box Implementations https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/magazine-features/the-dark-side-of-cryptography-kleptography-in/
- Carlo Blundo, Alfredo De Santis, Amir Herzberg, Shay Kutten, Ugo Vaccaro, Moti Yung: Perfectly-Secure Key Distribution for Dynamic Conferences. CRYPTO 1992: 471-486 
- Danny Dolev, Cynthia Dwork, Orli Waarts, Moti Yung: Perfectly Secure Message Transmission. J. ACM 40(1): 17-47 (1993)
- R. Cramer, Introduction to Secure Computation http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.130.9163&rep=rep1&type=pdf
- Zvi Galil, Stuart Haber, Moti Yung: Cryptographic Computation: Secure Faut-Tolerant Protocols and the Public-Key Model. CRYPTO 1987: 135-155 
- Matthew K. Franklin, Moti Yung: Communication Complexity of Secure Computation (Extended Abstract). STOC 1992: 699-710 
- Russell Impagliazzo, Moti Yung: Direct Minimum-Knowledge Computations. CRYPTO 1987: 40-51 
- Gilles Brassard, Claude Crépeau, Moti Yung: Constant-Round Perfect Zero-Knowledge Computationally Convincing Protocols. Theor. Comput. Sci. 84(1): 23-52 (1991)
- Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Moti Yung, Yunlei Zhao: Concurrent Knowledge Extraction in Public-Key Models. J. Cryptology 29(1): 156-219 (2016)
- Skeptical Experts and Smart Attackers. Feb. 2 2013 http://privacy-pc.com/articles/moti-yung-and-adam-young-on-kleptography-and-cryptovirology-5-skeptical-experts-and-smart-attackers.html
- Ransomware: The future of extortion By Jibu Elias September 04, 2017 https://www.techradar.com/news/ransomware-the-future-of-extortion
- Young, Adam; Yung, Moti (1996), "The Dark Side of "Black-Box" Cryptography or: Should We Trust Capstone?", Adam L. Young, Moti Yung: The Dark Side of "Black-Box" Cryptography, or: Should We Trust Capstone? CRYPTO 1996: 89-103, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1109, p. 89, doi:10.1007/3-540-68697-5_8, ISBN 978-3-540-61512-5
- Young, Adam; Yung, Moti (1997), "Kleptography: Using Cryptography Against Cryptography", Adam L. Young, Moti Yung: Kleptography: Using Cryptography Against Cryptography. EUROCRYPT 1997: 62-74, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1233, p. 62, doi:10.1007/3-540-69053-0_6, ISBN 978-3-540-62975-7
- Young, Adam; Yung, Moti (1997), "The prevalence of kleptographic attacks on discrete-log based cryptosystems", Adam L. Young, Moti Yung: The Prevalence of Kleptographic Attacks on Discrete-Log Based Cryptosystems. CRYPTO 1997: 264-276, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1294, p. 264, doi:10.1007/BFb0052241, ISBN 978-3-540-63384-6
- Young, Adam; Yung, Moti (1998), "Monkey: Black-Box Symmetric Ciphers Designed for MONopolizing KEYs", Adam L. Young, Moti Yung: Monkey: Black-Box Symmetric Ciphers Designed for MONopolizing KEYs. FSE 1998: 122-133, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1372, p. 122, doi:10.1007/3-540-69710-1_9, ISBN 978-3-540-64265-7
- Young, Adam; Yung, Moti (2001), "Bandwidth-Optimal Kleptographic Attacks", Adam L. Young, Moti Yung: Bandwidth-Optimal Kleptographic Attacks. CHES 2001: 235-250, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2162, p. 235, doi:10.1007/3-540-44709-1_20, ISBN 978-3-540-42521-2
- Larry Greenemeier (18 September 2013). "NSA Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged U.S. Cryptography Standard". Scientific American.
- Green, Matt, presentation: From Heartbleed to Juniper and Beyond (PDF)
- IACR Distinguished Lectures, retrieved 2012-03-11
- ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and Society Archived 2014-07-22 at the Wayback Machine, Association for Computing Machinery, accessed 2013-12-10
- http://homepages.laas.fr/esorics/ Esorics Awards
- IACR Moti Yung, IACR Fellow, 2014
- http://www.sigsac.org/award/sigsac-awards.html SIGSAC Awards
-  IEEE fellows 2015
-  EATCS fellows
- Moti Yung Received IEEE Computer Society 2018 W. Wallace McDowell Award