How Biometric Authentication Poses New Challenges to Our Security and Privacy

July 20, 2017

Nasir Memon

The use of biometric data—an individual’s measurable physical and behavioral characteristics—isn’t new. Government and law enforcement agencies have long used it. … Using biometric data to access our personal devices is increasing as a way to get around the limitations of the commonly used password-based mechanism: it’s easier, more convenient, and (theoretically) more secure. But biometric data can also be stolen and used in malicious ways.

Hackers Have Been Stealing Credit Card Numbers from Trump’s Hotels for Months

July 11, 2017


Guests at 14 Trump properties, including hotels in Washington, New York and Vancouver, have had their credit card information exposed, marking the third time in as many years that a months-long security breach has affected customers of the chain of luxury hotels. … “It seems very negligent that this could happen a number of times,” said Justin Cappos, an associate professor of systems and security at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering].

WhatsApp Now Allows You to Share Any File Type

July 15, 2017

WhatsApp is adding a brand new feature in its latest update: the ability to share any file type. …Damon McCoy, a Computer Science and Engineering professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, said that “most cellphones unless you root them will only allow you to run apps if they’re from official stores.” In regions where rooting is more common, this could potentially open up users to malware.

The NotPetya Attack Was About Disruption, Not Ransom (Video)

July 5, 2017


Justin Cappos, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, comments on the NotPetya “wiper” attack that hit countless computer systems across 64 countries last week. “There seems to be increasing evidence that the people who carried out this attack did not do so for monetary gain, which is usually what you try to do with something like ransomware,” he said.

Guide to the top college and university cyber security degree programs

July 6, 2017

The shortage of cybersecurity professionals is well documented, and this lack of expertise can keep organizations from bolstering their security programs…NYU Tandon School of Engineering offers a master’s degree in cyber security, and the program is rooted in the belief that theory and research must translate into real-world solutions, says Nasir Memon, professor of computer science and engineering at Tandon.

Justin Cappos on Why Cars Are Not Like Computers When It Comes to Cybersecurity

July 5, 2017


Justin Cappos is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering], where his research addresses problems in security, systems, software update systems, and virtualization…In this interview, he explores how updates and other security processes are unique to the automotive world.