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

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

Tags: hacking cybercrime electricity-supply ransomware critical-infrastructure cyber-criminal

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

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

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

Tags: hacking medical-devices security featured science-and-technology hearts

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

Tags: hacking electricity power-plants security science-and-technology lightning

Most laptops vulnerable to attack via peripheral devices, say researchers

Many modern laptops and an increasing number of desktop computers are much more vulnerable to hacking through common plug-in devices than previously thought, according to new research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: computer-science cybersecurity hacking

What government and business can do to protect our privacy

An expert explains what individuals, governments, and business can do to fight back against ever-present threats to our data privacy.

Molly O'Brien Gluck-BU • futurity
Feb. 12, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: hacking internet privacy security featured society-and-culture

New strategy fights hackers with ‘false hope’

By letting hackers think they're succeeding, a new artificially intelligent system can buy time to block the security threat.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 31, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence hacking internet security science-and-technology

Why we need to take far-left cyberattacks more seriously

"The bottom line is that these attacks are happening and they're overlooked."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 28, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: hacking internet security society-and-culture terrorism

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