Security & Privacy


You've Been Hacked! Explaining Cybersecurity to Students in an Interconnected Era

Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. It is critical that students understand both the benefits and risks of their devices — especially their smartphones. Educators have an important role to play in helping students understand and safely navigate an internet-connected world.

NSA Recognizes Virginia Tech, U of Nebraska at Omaha for Security Education

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have named two new universities to join the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The University of Nebraska Omaha and Virginia Tech are part of the cohort of universities dedicated to designing more interdisciplinary knowledge and hands-on technical skills in cyber operations.



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.

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