The research of Daniel Wichs, a new assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science, focuses on how cryptography can continue protecting personal data in an evolving digital age.
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.
In late April, a hacker crippled Sony’s PlayStation Network by stealing the names, home addresses and perhaps even the credit card numbers of some 70 million subscribers, who play and download games through the online service. Here, professor Engin Kirda assesses the impact of the attack.