Security & Privacy


Higher Ed Security Org Uses DNS Database to Track Criminal Action

An organization that provides security services to the research and education community at large has gone public with its adoption of an historic DNS database service.

Campus Safety Platform Offers Emergency Data, Streamlines Reporting

Student engagement platform ClearScholar, with support from Butler University’s police, security and IT departments, launched a new platform that aims to enhance safety technology at colleges and universities.



U of Washington-Madison Twitter Account Up and Running After Hack

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) yesterday morning had its Twitter account (@UWMadison) hacked by an unauthorized user. The account, which has about 160,000 followers, published four tweets before UW-M staff became aware of the breach.

CMU Researchers Roll Out Machine Learning App to Manage App Privacy Settings

A team of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers launched a mobile app that helps Android users configure many privacy settings necessary to take control of their personal data. The project expands the frontiers of the university’s “IoT expedition,” a collaboration with Google and several other higher ed institutions that aims to create new technology for the Internet of Things.

Google Adds Safety Feature to Android Gmail App After E-Mail Phishing Attack

A day after a widespread e-mail phishing attack that many security experts said was "sophisticated," Google has rolled out a new safeguard to its Android Gmail app.

U-M Researchers Expose Open Port Vulnerabilities on Android Apps

Open port backdoors on mobile phones, especially Android devices, could be exploited to illegally obtain personal information and perform other malicious activity. According to a new study from U-M researchers, it may be more widespread than previously thought.

Microsoft Debuts Surface Laptops, Windows 10 S for Education, Teams for Office 365 for Education

Microsoft has unveiled several new offerings for education, including the forthcoming Surface Laptop and a new version of Windows 10 designed for school environments — Windows 10 S.

Industry Tool Detects Thousands of C2 Server RATs

A new tool developed by two security companies that scans the internet for command and control (C2) servers has already uncovered thousands of malicious RATs, or remote access trojans, on computers and other internet-connected devices.

UC Irvine Receives $30 Million for Convergent Engineering and Science Building

In its strategic plan, the University of California, Irvine promised growth that makes a difference. UCI is delivering on that promise with a new, state-of-the-art convergent engineering and science facility to increase its output of large-scale, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research in engineering, computing and physical sciences.

Report: Nearly 3 in 4 Employees Disclose Confidential Data

Dell surveyed thousands of individuals who handle confidential data and overall found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated data. Education was ranked the second most likely sector to have employees disclose company information.

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