New research led by Northeastern professor Guevara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may automatically transmit sensitive information, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-in sensors. A malicious developer, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”
France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone terrorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked Northeastern experts to analyze these types of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the European Union’s security procedures.
In the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attack at an Istanbul airport, Northeastern confirmed that students on university programs in the region are safe, and the university is working to contact and offer support to more than 100 Turkish students.
“I have never been as concerned with the world as I am today,” says Northeastern professor Denise Garcia, who is taking a group of students to the 11th International Security Forum in Geneva this week. Here, she discusses the conference, the United States’ stockpile of nuclear weapons, and the biggest security threats facing the world today.
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.
A research team led by Northeastern’s David Choffnes has found “extensive” leakage of users’ personal identifying information from apps on mobile devices, including passwords. Their unique ReCon cloud-based system can detect those leaks and give you the tools to stop them.
In an age of increasingly sophisticated computer hacks, new professor Cristina Nita-Rotaru designs systems that can withstand misconfigurations and cyberattacks.
The $20.4 million cooperative agreement provides a unique mechanism for Northeastern to obtain expedited funding for research in designing and developing advanced engineered materials with security applications, and expands on the university’s leadership in security and resilience research.
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton received a comprehensive overview of Northeastern’s robust portfolio of security research on Thursday afternoon and underscored the importance of providing research funding in this area.
National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank J. Grass visited the university on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the partnership, which will enable guardsmen to earn their master’s degree in homeland security through the College of Professional Studies.
Northeastern will launch a first-of-its-kind, interdisciplinary graduate program this fall to train the next generation of security professionals to face the new and evolving challenges of the 21st century.
Northeastern mobile systems expert David Choffnes says data brokering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third parties, has blossomed into a viable industry and is the reason many popular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their personal information is shared.