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Why ransomware is on the rise

Hackers holding com­puter net­works hostage has been a common prac­tice for decades, but now the per­pe­tra­tors are demanding money in exchange for stop­ping the attack. Here, North­eastern cyber­se­cu­rity experts Engin Kirda and Gue­vara Noubir explain why ran­somware is becoming more preva­lent and what you can do to pro­tect your information.

Inspiration for next generation of female engineers

In honor of National Engi­neers Week, three mem­bers of Northeastern’s Society of Women Engi­neers share what inspired them to pursue degrees in the field and how they’re working to attract more young women to do the same.

The implications of Apple’s fight with the FBI

Apple has objected to a fed­eral judge’s order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by a gunman in the San Bernardino shoot­ings. Here, law pro­fessor Andrea Matwyshyn exam­ines how this case might play out as well as its poten­tial impact on future fed­eral inves­ti­ga­tions, the average iPhone user’s pri­vacy, and the global market.

How will Northeastern’s chem-​​e-​​car ‘react’ in regional competition?

The car, which stands 18 inches tall and weighs approx­i­mately 25 pounds, is pow­ered by a chem­ical reac­tion trig­gered by a com­bi­na­tion of potas­sium iodine, sul­furic acid, starch, sodium, thio­sul­fate, and hydrogen peroxide.

David Luzzi appointed to new dual role in leading Northeastern initiatives in security, innovation

Provost and Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­d­emic Affairs James C. Bean has appointed David Luzzi vice provost for research inno­va­tion and devel­op­ment and vice pres­i­dent for the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Inno­va­tion Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology who has devel­oped a new method to visu­alize the lan­guage and themes of polit­ical speeches.

Valkyrie Robot

Valkyrie’s Head: Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 125 Kg The head has three rota­tions and joints that each move inde­pen­dently Four pow­erful com­puters run the robot’s con­trollers and process sensor information […]