Carnegie Mellon hacking team finishes 2nd at DefCon
Carnegie Mellon University’s competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), finished in 2nd place in the “Capture the Flag” competition – widely referred to as “The Olympics of Hacking” – at the this year’s DefCon security conference.
IoT labels will help consumers figure out which devices are spying on them
A team of CyLab researchers have developed a prototype security and privacy “nutrition label” that performed well in user tests. To develop the label, the team consulted with a diverse group of 22 security and privacy experts across industry, government, and academia.
Provably-secure code incorporated into Linux kernel
This month, code from the provably correct and secure “EverCrypt” cryptographic library, which CyLab’s Bryan Parno and his team helped develop and release last year, was officially incorporated into the Linux kernel — the core of the Linux operating system.
Why people delay software updates, despite the risks
In a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Cybersecurity, a team of CyLab researchers found that the time-cost of updates and individuals’ risk preferences have a significant impact on whether or not a user applies a software update, and how long it takes them to do so.
New infrastructure will enhance privacy in today’s Internet of Things
A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers just launched the IoT Assistant, an app that informs users about what IoT technologies are around them and what data they are collecting. An accompanying cloud-based portal allows IoT owners to register their devices to the infrastructure.
“Hacked! An Escape Room Experience” puts you in cybercriminals’ shoes
“Hacked! An Escape Room Experience” will hold one session per day January 28 – 30 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cohon University Center. Each session can handle up to 50 participants, and all students, staff, or faculty at CMU are eligible to participate.
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