July 30, 2015

Demonstration of Jeep Hack Spurs Calls for Regulation

The recent news that Fiat Chrysler cars were vulnerable to takeover through remote hacking was unnerving enough. Now it seems the issue could be more far-reaching. Fiat Chrysler recalled approximately 1.4 million vehicles after cybersecurity researchers demonstrated they could use a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee’s engine…

July 26, 2015

Keystroke Analysis Can Unmask Anonymous Users

“Behavioral biometrics”—the use of individual behavioral traits, such as how someone swipes the mouse or uses a keyboard—represents a significant new frontier in online security. As reported by Dan Goodin on Ars Technica, researchers recently demonstrated they could identify Internet users based on how they type, even when using anonymization…

June 30, 2015

NIST Releases Report on Securing Medical Records

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), an agency established by the established in 2012 by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the state of Maryland, and Montgomery County, Md, has published a report detailing the risks of using mobile devices for maintaining electronic health…

June 5, 2015

UC Berkeley School of Information Releases Data on Synchronized Brain Waves

Participants from a Fall 2014 class at the UC Berkeley School of Information have published a first-of-its-kind dataset collected using consumer-grade brainwave-sensing headsets during an in-class group exercise, along with the software code and visual stimulus used to collect the data. The dataset and documentation are available at https://bit.ly/synchronized-brain-recordings. The group…