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

Tags: cybersecurity hacking russia florida north-carolina elections malware voting wikileaks bob-woodward voter-registration voting-machines russian-hacking election-security

The US has lots to lose and little to gain by banning TikTok and WeChat

Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.

Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity china disinformation gdpr data-privacy technology privacy censorship free-speech authoritarian-regimes tiktok us-china-relations wechat first-amendment dissent dissidents

Sketchy darknet websites are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic – buyer beware

The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.

David Maimon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity cybercrime pandemic ppe personal-protective-equipment remdesivir hand-sanitizer hydroxychloroquine fraud unemployment darknet dark-web face-mask

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

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

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