Sinister code-​​breakers, beware

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.

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: Hackers turn PlayStation into pay station

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.