3Qs: Is a potential Facebook hack on the horizon?

The hacker group Anony­mous recently announced through a YouTube video that it plans to “kill” Face­book on Nov. 5 for sup­pos­edly abusing the pri­vacy of its users. We asked Engin Kirda, the Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Endowed Pro­fessor for Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance — with joint appoint­ments in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and Depart­ment of Elec­trical and Com­puter Engi­neering — to dis­cuss the poten­tial impli­ca­tions of the hack and the motives behind hacking groups such as Anonymous.

3Qs: Campaigning in Twitter’s virtual ‘big tent’

Pres­i­dent Obama, who’s known for his social media savvy, held the first-​​ever Twitter Town Hall meeting last week, where he answered the public’s ques­tions about taxes, jobs and the economy. Dan Kennedy, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, is an expert in news reporting and social net­works. Here, he dis­cusses Obama’s choice to engage the public through Twitter, and the use of social media by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and journalists.