Private browsing: What it does – and doesn't do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don't read too much into the word 'private.'

Hana Habib, Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cybersecurity internet privacy online-privacy web-browsers google-chrome world-wide-web online-ads

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.

Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean, American University School of Communication • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity hacking internet cybercrime twitter technology technology-companies

Lockdown 'helps fuel rise in cybercrime'

Take extra care before buying face masks or testing kits online, or responding to texts apparently sent to you by the UK government or the NHS. Because while lockdown has helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is also helping fuel a rise in cybercrime.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus policing cybersecurity cybercrime

The coronavirus pandemic moved life online – a surge in website defacing followed

Vulnerable websites are popping up as organizations move online during the coronavirus pandemic – and hackers have more time at home alone. The result is more websites falling victim to defacement.

C. Jordan Howell, Doctoral candidate in Criminology, University of South Florida • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity hacking cybercrime pandemic online online-crime hackers website small-businesses

The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk

Women are underrepresented in technology fields, but especially so in cybersecurity. It's not just a matter of fairness. Women are better than men at key aspects of keeping the internet safe.

Nir Kshetri, Professor of Management, University of North Carolina – Greensboro • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cybersecurity gender women stem computer-security recruitment information-technology gender-bias hiring

Government cybersecurity commission calls for international cooperation, resilience and retaliation

In the murky world of cyber espionage and cyber warfare, effective deterrence has long been considered out of reach. A government report argues it's time to change that.

Chris Inglis, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies, United States Naval Academy • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cybersecurity hacking china internet russia iran online-crime department-of-defense hackers north-korea cyber-warfare department-of-homeland-security

How Apple and Google will let your phone warn you if you've been exposed to the coronavirus

Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible for people to get alerts on their phones when they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Adding the right cryptography scheme keeps those alerts private.

David Starobinski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity pandemic new-coronavirus privacy contact-tracing smart-phones wireless bluetooth smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app

Videoconferencing keeps people connected while the coronavirus keeps them inside – but privacy and security are far from perfect

Zoom's privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform's risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.

Elizabeth Stoycheff, Associate Professor of Communication, Wayne State University • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity internet pandemic quarantine online-learning zoom new-coronavirus whatsapp privacy skype online-privacy online-security security passwords distance-learning video-conferencing home-office two-factor-authentication

Coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks – here's how to protect yourself

Emails offering advice about COVID-19 might actually be "phishing" attacks trying to steal your data.

Chaminda Hewage, Reader in Data Security, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  cybersecurity  cyber-security  phishing

Society's dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  public-health  internet-of-things  covid-19  coronavirus  cybersecurity  internet  pandemic  disinformation  misinformation  supply-chains  new-coronavirus  censorship  cyber-law  ransomware  internet-policy

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