Security & Privacy


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.

New DDoS Attacks Use Far Fewer Infected Hosts

Akamai Technologies has identified a new attack method generating extremely large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against educational institutions and other types of organizations but without the millions of infected hosts typically seen in these scenarios.

UMass Implements Centralized Threat Lifecycle Management Platform

The University of Massachusetts system has a new defense against network security threats: a centralized platform from LogRhythm.

Hackers are Attacking Word Users with Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability

Hackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Word, which security researchers say can be used to quietly install different kinds of malware — even on fully patched computers, according to tech news and analysis site ZDNet.

Report: University E-Mail Accounts Listed on Dark Web

If you are currently using or previously used an .edu e-mail address, your account name, password and other personal information may be listed online for cyber criminals to buy, according to a report from the Digital Citizens Alliance. The coalition has spent the last several years investigating the dark corners of the internet and has surfaced evidence that cyber criminals are selling thousands of higher ed e-mail accounts online.

House Votes to Repeal Online Privacy Regulations Issued by Obama Administration

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

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