The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert

Cyberwarfare is more like cancer than bombs and bullets. Cybersecurity experts are just beginning to make their diagnosis of the Sunburst hack.

Paulo Shakarian, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Arizona State University • conversation
Dec. 29, 2020 ~9 min

Your robot vacuum could spy on you

Dust and dirt aren't the only things your robot vacuum can pick up. New research shows how hackers could use them to listen to private conversations, too.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Honour among thieves: the study of a cybercrime marketplace in action

Researchers at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre have revealed what they’ve learned from analysing hundreds of thousands of illicit trades that took place in an

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Russian agents reportedly placed malware in U.S. voter registration systems in 2016 and are actively interfering in the 2020 election. Here's the state of election cybersecurity.

Douglas W. Jones, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Iowa • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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

Cybercriminals are now targeting critical electricity infrastructure

A recent ransomware attack on the UK electricity system shows this pandemic is also about computer viruses.

Henri van Soest, PhD Candidate in Land Economy, University of Cambridge • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

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

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

Watch-like device protects pacemakers from hackers

New tech that people can wear on their wrist could keep hackers from attacking their pacemakers.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
March 13, 2019 ~4 min

Lightning could protect power grids from hackers

Scientists have figured out how to use lightning signals from thousands of miles away to prevent hackers from sabotaging critical infrastructures.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
March 3, 2019 ~6 min