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Trump campaign launches anti-impeachment blitz on Facebook, targeting four minority congresswomen

October 9, 2019

The Washington Post, September 27, 2019 (by subscription)
Laura Edelson is a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon.
President Trump’s reelection campaign responded to the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry in Congress by launching a massive Facebook ad blitz, spending as much as $1.4 million on thousands of ads designed to reach voters in every state. … In total, the Trump campaign and its backers spent between $346,700 and $1,430,182 on more than 2,000 ads for its Facebook page from Monday to midday Friday, according to data analyzed by Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.

NYU Tandon Gets Grant to Teach Cybersecurity in 3D Printing

October 9, 2019

3DPrint.com, September 30, 2019
… Last July, Gupta, along with colleague Ramesh Karri, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, received a new three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award to develop a pedagogical program for cybersecurity in 3D printing that will include a variety of educational activities and resources around a new graduate-level course: Cybersecurity in Additive Manufacturing. According to NYU Tandon, the course will bridge the gap between the fields of cybersecurity and mechanical design to provide a security mindset to mechanical engineers and materials scientists.

At CSAW 2019, virtuous hackers take on AI, 3D printing, deepfakes, and more

September 26, 2019

The world’s most comprehensive student-led cybersecurity contest, NYU Tandon’s annual CSAW games, on November 6-8, 2019 at NYU Tandon’s Brooklyn campus and at academic sites across three continents, is expanding to include new challenges that address vulnerabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) systems, microchip theft, and more. “Events like HackML and the Logic Locking Conquest are not just stimulating competitions,” said Ramesh Karri, director of CSAW, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Tandon … “They generate avenues of inquiry, innovative approaches to thinking about devices we use every day, and real-world solutions. Furthermore, competitions like the CSAW Red Team Challenge have encouraged thousands of students to pursue fields with high demand for new talent and fresh ideas.”

What We’re Doing to Fight the Scourge of Cyber Stalking

September 23, 2019

Damon McCoy, a professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon, is involved in this project.
It’s a sad fact of life that technology can be used to stalk, harass and harm people’s partners, acquaintances and even strangers. … Because of the seriousness of the problem, at Symantec we set out to how to detect creepware and protect victims and would-be victims from it. In concert with researchers at Cornell and New York University [Tandon School of Engineering], we created CreepRank, which ranks the probability that any given app is used as creepware. We have incorporated CreepRank into Norton Mobile Security, which stops the covert surveillance apps it detects from being installed on people’s phones and warns of their presence if they are already there.

NYU Team Gets NSF Grant to Turn CAD Files into Audio Files

September 23, 2019

Computer-aided design (CAD) files have become one of the most valuable assets of engineers and experts in a great variety of fields, universities, and institutions all over the world.  … Last August, Nikhil Gupta and Ramesh Karri, NYU Tandon School of Engineering professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering and electrical and computer engineering, respectively, have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $242,697 in collaboration with the University of Delaware to advance work on their novel system which allows new possibilities and functionalities in CAD files. The project, which began on September 1, will run until August 31 of next year.

A new generation of cyber experts trains to tackle the next generation of cyber threats

September 23, 2019

C-suite executives from some of the most recognized and respected firms and government institutions on August 30 will welcome a new class of students to NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s pioneering graduate-level online cybersecurity program. The NYU Cyber Fellows program – designed by NYU Tandon in partnership with these institutions and the New York City Cyber Command (NYC3) – offers scholarships that result in one of the lowest-cost online master’s degrees in the country and develops highly skilled technical graduates ready to step into the growing cybersecurity gap.

Facebook, Microsoft launch contest to detect deepfake videos

September 17, 2019

Some researchers are working on systems to authenticate a video or image at the point of capture through digital watermarking. But the rapid evolution of deepfake technology has created an arms race between deepfake creators and those trying to detect videos. “It’s a cat-and-mouse game. If I design a detection for deepfakes, I’m giving the attacker a new discriminator to test against,” said Siddharth Garg, an assistant professor of computer engineering at New York University’s Tandon School.

After latest shooting, Trump pushes Facebook ads ‘straight from the NRA playbook’

September 10, 2019

… But in advertisements that went up Monday on Facebook, the president delivered a very different message, pointedly warning a select group of voters that Democrats were intent on repealing the Second Amendment and asking them to sign their names to a petition to defend gun rights. … One version appears only to men between the ages of 45 and 54 in Louisiana, which is exceptionally specific, said Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering who studies advertising on social media. She speculated that it was an attempt to collect personal identifying information from

Team secures NSF grant to advance novel CAD technology for 3D printing

September 10, 2019

Nikhil Gupta and Ramesh Karri, NYU Tandon professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering and of electrical and computer engineering, respectively, have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award. … The researchers, including Nektarios Tsoutsos, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware, who received his doctorate from NYU Tandon, are perfecting a method of converting CAD files to a frequency domain, just like a digital sound file, in a way that would allow end users much more flexibility in how they slice and dice the files for printing.

A new generation of cyber experts trains to tackle the next generation of cyber threats

September 10, 2019

NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s pioneering Cyber Fellows program opens the semester with a mission: Help fill the yawning talent gap. … C-suite executives from some of the most recognized and respected firms and government institutions on August 30 will welcome a new class of students to NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s pioneering graduate-level online cybersecurity program. The NYU Cyber Fellows program – designed by NYU Tandon in partnership with these institutions and the New York City Cyber Command (NYC3) – offers scholarships that result in one of the lowest-cost online master’s degrees in the country and develops highly skilled technical graduates ready to step into the growing cybersecurity gap.

New facility, new resources, new opportunities for collaboration

September 10, 2019

NYU Tandon Newsroom, September 3, 2019
… Thanks to the opening of 370 Jay Street, the opportunities for synergy are about to expand greatly. With its array of new labs, classrooms, and collaborative spaces in what used to be the headquarters of the MTA, this newly minted space, dedicated to the cross-section of creativity and technology, will house not only the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments as well as the Integrated Digital Media program, but also areas of research excellence that are pushing the envelope in Data Science, Emerging Media, Health and Medicine, Sustainability, and all things Urban. It will also provide a consolidated home to our successful entrepreneurial network of Future Labs.

Facebook tightens restrictions on political ads, but there are loopholes

September 10, 2019

… “Right now, what Facebook requires from advertisers is virtually nothing,” said Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering who studies political advertising. “Until now, there’s been no vetting whatsoever. It’s been advertisers’ responsibility to make sure [their disclosure] was correct.” … That’s a big hindrance for researchers who track political advertising on the platform. Unless Facebook makes the added information widely available, “It doesn’t really move the needle for people trying to understand political spending more broadly,” Edelson said.

With NSF support NYU Tandon builds 3D printing cybersecurity curriculum

August 22, 2019

Nikhil Gupta is professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU Tandon.
… Among other accomplishments, Gupta and a team including researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi pioneered a way to hide 3D versions of such identifying features as quick-response (QR) codes inside printed components. … Gupta and Ramesh Karri, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Tandon, will teach mechanical engineering students the tools necessary for these innovations in the field of white-hat hacking. The researchers have received a new three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) award to develop a pedagogical program for cybersecurity in 3D printing that will include a variety of educational activities and resources around a new graduate-level course, “Cybersecurity in Additive Manufacturing.”

New tools to detect digital domestic abuse

August 22, 2019

Damon McCoy, a professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon collaborated in this research.
… A new clinical model developed by Cornell Tech researchers aims to respond systematically and effectively to the growing array of digital threats against victims of intimate partner violence. … The authors are among the researchers from Cornell Tech, Cornell in Ithaca and New York University collaborating to improve technological safety and security for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Simultaneous hack of EV chargers could cause Manhattan blackout, NYU researchers find

August 22, 2019

Utility Dive, August 15, 2019
The rise of electric vehicles may come with increased cybersecurity risks to the grid — multiple high-wattage charging stations could be used in tandem to launch an attack and potentially cause a blackout, according to a new analysis from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. … “This simulation is a wake-up call to the public and policymakers, and an encouragement to take steps to protect the data generated between electric cars and charging stations — most of which could be co-opted by a hacker with college-level skills,” Yury Dvorkin, an assistant professor in NYU Tandon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said in a statement.

Armed and Dangerous: Does Technology Make for Better Policing?

August 19, 2019

Gabriel Nicholas, a joint fellow with CCS and the Information Law Institute, writes in the LA Review of Books about the competing perspectives of techno-optimism and techno-skepticism. As a jumping off point, he turns to Rick Smith’s The End of Killing: How Our Newest Technologies Can Solve Humanity’s Oldest Problem and Matt Stroud’s Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing. Nicholas explores how the differing views embodied in these works play out in broader efforts to examine and respond to the challenges of the complex relationship between technology and policing.

How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim

August 15, 2019

Articles uses research provided by the Online Political Ads Transparency Project led by NYU Tandon doctoral student Laura Edelson.
Some of President Trump’s re-election ads have repeated his inflammatory claims about an “invasion” on the southern border — language that is under scrutiny after the El Paso shooting. … Mr. Trump’s language on immigration — particularly his use of the word “invasion” — is under scrutiny after the mass shooting in El Paso on Saturday. The suspect in that shooting, which left 22 people dead, appeared to be the author of a manifesto declaring that “this attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

Capital One Breach: Whose Liability Is It Anyway?

August 15, 2019

Earlier this week, Capital One Financial Corp. announced a breach impacting the personal information of approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada. … Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, pointed out that companies are often attempting to strike a balance between a level of access that allows for easy collaboration among various departments while not leaving important information hanging out in the open.

Electric car charging stations may be portals for power grid cyberattacks

August 15, 2019

“In simulations using publicly available information about charging station usage in Manhattan and the structure of the island’s , our research team found that a fleet of just roughly 1,000 simultaneously charging electric vehicles would be adequate for mounting an attack whose effects could rival the blackout that affected the city’s West Side last month,” said Yury Dvorkin, assistant professor in NYU Tandon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

NYU Tandon doctoral candidate Samrat Acharya led the research in collaboration with Dvorkin and Professor Ramesh Karri, also from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The New Arms Race: Deep Fakes and Their Impact on Information

August 15, 2019

… Three years ago, DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, created a Media Forensic Program or MediFor to develop technological tools to automatically detect what is real and what is not real in deep fakes. … Nasir Memon, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering also leads a team. … In Memon’s work, difficult to reproduce watermarks would be inserted into the camera’s imaging pipeline. “These are patterns that we put inside that are not visible by the human eye but can be detected by a computer algorithm, and based on a secret so others cannot put it in. They are very verifiable,” said Memon.

How Companies Are Tackling a Lack of Cybersecurity Experts

August 1, 2019

New York Times
Dan Guido, an NYU Tandon alum, was a Hacker in Residence and an adjunct faculty member at NYU Tandon.
Most people can’t possibly know enough to protect themselves technologically, says Dan Guido, the chief executive of the cybersecurity firm Trail of Bits. As a New York University faculty member, he helped found the school’s Center for Cybersecurity. Guido thinks we need to rethink how we educate software engineers, and teach security as a fundamental component at the root of software design.

Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised

August 1, 2019

New York Times, July 25, 2019
Laura Edelson is a doctoral student in the department of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon.
Faced with a rising backlash over the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, Facebook last year came up with a seemingly straightforward solution: It created an online library of all the advertisements on the social network. Transparency, it decided, was the best disinfectant. … “One could just call it broken,” said Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University who has spent months trying to use the library to build her own database of political advertising in the United States. … “This is not like a problem that technology hasn’t solved and they’re really trying to do their best,” said Ms. Edelson, the N.Y.U. researcher. “No, that’s not what is going on. These are fixable problems.”

Top OTA Expert Shows How State Actors Hack into Your Car and What Happens Next: ‘People Will Die’

August 1, 2019

The Drive, July 23, 2019
… Real hackers don’t hack into your car. For hacking at scale, real hackers hack the server your car gets the OTA (over-the-air) update from, and once they are in that server, “they can get any update they want into any of your connected cars,” Professor Justin Cappos told a group of suitably horrified industry experts assembled at a recent IT conference in Tokyo. Their level of horrification rose another notch when Cappos, one of the world’s most brilliant cyber security experts, showed a slide with some of the biggest brand-names in the computer industry. … The talk Cappos gave was titled “Securing software-over-the-air-updates from nation state actors.”

Follow-Up: Can AI Help Restore Our Faith in Photography?

August 1, 2019

Pro Photo Daily, July 31, 2019
Cites research by Nasir Memon, professor, and Pawel Korus, research assistant professor, in the department of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon.
It’s a deepfake world we’re living in. Can we get out? Researchers at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering recently published a study — titled “Neural Imaging Pipelines – the Scourge or Hope of Forensics?” — detailing a method in which a neural network would replace the photo development process inside the camera so that the original image taken is marked with something like a digital watermark to indicate the photo’s provenance in a digital forensics analysis.

The simple way Apple and Google let domestic abusers stalk victims

July 12, 2019

After years of neglect, the antivirus industry has finally begun to recognize stalkerware’s danger and flag the apps as malicious. … But antivirus alone may not be enough, one group of researchers at Cornell Tech and NYU warned me. … The researchers documented the prevalence of those tracking apps in a study last year, based in part on their work helping abuse victims in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence.… “Yes, companies are starting to think about this, but it’s tricky and there are edge cases,” said NYU [Tandon] researcher Damon McCoy, arguing that the companies’ current “bandaid” solutions aren’t enough.

Can AI Save the Internet from Fake News?

July 12, 2019

Research discussed in this article was led by Nasir Memon, professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon.
… Researchers at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering have proposed implanting a type of digital watermark using a neural network that can spot manipulated photos and videos. The idea is to embed the system directly into a digital camera. … The authors of the study out of NYU say their prototype platform increased the chances of detecting manipulation from about 45 percent to more than 90 percent without sacrificing image quality.

Data Privacy And Consumer Protection (Audio)

July 12, 2019

Consumer data is incredibly valuable. Businesses are using more sophisticated methods to secretly gather that data and increase their profits. How much do they know about us, and what is being done to protect consumer information in New York and Connecticut? Our guests: … Justin Cappos, Ph.D., associate professor, computer science, NYU Tandon School of Engineering; member, NYU Center for Cybersecurity.

WSHU, June 25, 2019 (at 15:58)

NYU Abu Dhabi Chip Processes Encrypted Data

July 12, 2019

Michail Maniatakos is a global network assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon.
Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have designed a co-processor that relies on partially homomorphic encrypted (PHE) execution, enabling it to perform computations directly on encrypted data. … The project is led by NYUAD assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Michail Maniatakos.

Researchers to lighten lead batteries with composite materials

June 20, 2019

… Bulky and heavy lead-acid batteries are still the norm in most cars and trucks. These hefty batteries, which consume over 80% of global lead production, take up space in vehicles and — because of their weight — have a deleterious effect on fuel efficiency. … Researchers, supported by a grant from the National Academies program of U.S.-Egypt Joint Research Fund are looking at alternatives. Nikhil Gupta, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautic Engineering at NYU Tandon aims to — if not “get the lead out” — at least to lighten the load.

Power/Performance Bits: June 18

June 20, 2019

… Researchers at NYU Tandon propose a way to protect digital images and videos from misleading manipulation with an authenticating watermark. … “Unlike previously used watermarking techniques, these AI-learned artifacts can reveal not only the existence of photo manipulations, but also their character,” said Paweł Korus, a research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon. … “If the camera itself produces an image that is more sensitive to tampering, any adjustments will be detected with high probability,” said Nasir Memon, a professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon.

Is blockchain 3D printing’s guardian angel?

June 20, 2019

… Designs for entire parts are stored as single computer files on IT systems, so, like any other connected entity, manufacturers using 3D printing are vulnerable to compromise … Speaking to The Chemical Engineer, cybersecurity experts and materials engineers at New York’s Tandon School of Engineering said malicious action could take two forms. One is that a hacker could insert defects into the body of an object, the other is that they could adjust the orientation of the printer nozzles. “These are possible foci for attacks that could have a devastating impact on users of the end product, and economic impact in the form of recalls and lawsuits,” explained professor Nikhil Gupta.

Online Political Ads Transparency Project

June 13, 2019

This project is focused on improving the transparency of online political advertising. Our goals are to build tools to collect and archive political advertising data. We will make publically available our data collection tools and raw data collected to enable analysis of online political advertising by anyone interested. Facebook political advertising varied widely from state to state during the May-July period studied by NYU Tandon researchers. … Professor Damon McCoy and his students plan to update their data weekly from Facebook’s public archive and offer it in an easy-to-understand format as part of their Online Political Ads Transparency Project.

Your future camera may watermark images automatically, whether you want it to or not

June 13, 2019

… There are a number of ideas floating around as to how to best combat the spread of fake imagery, but new research from New York University computer scientists Pawel Korus and Nasir Memon suggests the process has to start at the point of capture, through the use of AI-powered watermarking embedded into cameras and smartphones. … “Unlike previously used watermarking techniques, these AI-learned artifacts can reveal not only the existence of photo manipulations, but also their character,” Korus said in a statement.

Shady political ads are pouring into Facebook. We still can’t track them

June 10, 2019

Facebook has rolled out two key tools to increase transparency in response to Russian influence operations and the Cambridge Analytica data breach. … Damon McCoy was among the first researchers to use early versions of both tools. His team at New York University began scraping the ad archive, which initially included only political ads, in the weeks after it rolled out in May 2018. The huge trove of information yielded a significant finding: President Donald Trump shoveled far more cash into Facebook that month than any other political account.

Facebook should do more to stop malicious propaganda videos

June 10, 2019

The NYU team demonstrates that you could adapt the signal processors inside—whether it’s a fancy DSLR or a regular smartphone camera—so they essentially place watermarks in each photo’s code. … “People are still not thinking about security—you have to go close to the source where the image is captured,” says Nasir Memon, one of the project researchers from NYU Tandon who specializes in multimedia security and forensics. “So what we’re doing in this work is we are creating an image which is forensics-friendly, which will allow better forensic analysis than a typical image.

To fight deepfakes, researchers built a smarter camera

June 10, 2019

ONE OF THE most difficult things about detecting manipulated photos, or “deepfakes,” is that digital photo files aren’t coded to be tamper-evident. But researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering are starting to develop strategies that make it easier to tell if a photo has been altered, opening up a potential new front in the war on fakery. … “People are still not thinking about security—you have to go close to the source where the image is captured,” says Nasir Memon, one of the project researchers from NYU Tandon who specializes in multimedia security and forensics.

HERE Technologies joins the Uptane Alliance

June 10, 2019

HERE Technologies … has joined the Uptane Alliance … a non-profit consortium of automotive companies, security researchers from academia, and government agencies working to standardize Uptane open-source software for the security of over-the-air software updates for vehicles and other edge devices and infrastructure. “The automotive industry has realized that OTA updates are necessary for safety, security, and to reduce costs,” said Justin Cappos, member of the Board of Directors of Uptane Alliance and professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. “Unfortunately, if not appropriately secured, software update systems are an attack vector that attackers can exploit. … Engineers from HERE Technologies’ OTA team have been working with the Uptane Alliance for a number of years, and we’re happy to welcome them as an official member.”

Limit the occurrence of account hijacks with recovery phone number: Google

May 24, 2019

Damon McCoy, professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon and Ph.D. student Periwinkle Doerfler contributed to the research cited in this article.
Recent research from Google reveals that users can enhance their online security by adding a recovery phone number to their respective accounts. Google worked in tandem with New York University and The University of California, San Diego on a yearlong study where they researched ways to combat targeted attacks and other security challenges. The team concluded the study by stating that during their research, simply adding a recovery phone number to the Google account can block up to 100% automated bots, 96% of phishing attacks and 66% of targeted attacks.

Google wants your phone number — should you provide it?

May 24, 2019

Damon McCoy, professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon and Ph.D. student Periwinkle Doerfler contributed to the research cited in the this article.
… The reading in question being a posting on the Google security blog by researchers Kurt Thomas and Angelika Moscicki. They looked at research conducted by Google in association with New York University and the University of California to try and determine the impact that basic account hygiene can have on security. The year-long study covered both the broader threatscape as well as targeted attacks and determined that one simple security proactive measure can prevent the vast majority of account hijacking attempts.

Your Guide to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU

May 24, 2019

Following on the heels of DockerCon SF, the team is packing their bags and heading to Barcelona for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU from May 20- 23. … KubeCon will also provide a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and hear from those working with Kubernetes for their production applications: Intro: TUF / Notary – Justin Cappos, NYU [Tandon School of Engineering] & Justin Cormack, Docker – This talk provides an accessible overview of two CNCF projects (Notary and TUF), that provide what has been roundly described as the most secure mechanism for distributing software.

How Trump is outspending every 2020 democrat on Facebook

May 24, 2019

Article cites research by Damon McCoy, assistant professor of computer science and engineering and Laura Edelson, a doctoral student, at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
President Trump’s re-election campaign has spent far more than any single Democratic presidential candidate on Facebook advertising, reprising a strategy that was central to his 2016 victory.

CCS Co-Chair Randy Milch participates in Cyber Security Panel at State of the Market 2019

May 16, 2019

Randy Milch

On May 14, Youth INC hosted hundreds of business executives at its annual State of the Market conference, “bringing together financial, business, and political luminaries to discuss pressing topics that impact the investment landscape – all to support Youth INC.” CCS Co-Chair Randy Milch participated in the day’s events as a part of the Cyber Security Panel, where he discussed cyber risk.

You can read more in the press release.

Notable women in technology [Jelena Kovačević]

May 14, 2019

In 2018, Jelena Kovačević became the first woman to head NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering since its founding in 1854. She has also taught at Columbia University and at Carnegie Mellon University, where she headed the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and taught biomedical engineering. From 2008 to 2012, Kovačević served as a regular member of the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) Study Section and has also been a member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors. In 2016, she served on the organizing committee for the Graph Signal Processing Workshop held at the University of Pennsylvania.

NYU Engineering offers a MicroMasters in Integrated Media on edX

April 19, 2019

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering joined the edX Consortium, and its first offering will be a MicroMasters in Integrated Media. This program, which is open for enrollment, consists of three courses followed by a capstone project (for a total of $900). “Our partnership with edX allows us to offer yet another pathway to becoming a lifelong learner,” said NYU Tandon Dean Jelena Kovacevic. “NYU Tandon’s Integrated Digital Media program provides a wholly unique combination of theory and practice that sets it apart from other digital media offerings,” said R. Luke DuBois and Scott Fitzgerald, co-directors of the school’s IDM program. “We consider this MicroMaster’s to be only the beginning, and look forward to partnering with edX in the future,” stated Nasir Memon, NYU Tandon’s associate dean for online learning.

Artificial Neural Network: Artificial Neural Network Approach to Predict the Elastic Modulus from Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Results (Adv. Theory Simul. 4/2019)

April 11, 2019

In article number 1800131, Xianbo Xu and Nikhil Gupta report on combining an artificial neural network and viscoelastic theory to recover the elastic modulus of graphene‐reinforced composites from dynamic mechanical analysis results. Instead of conducting numerous tensile tests, the method can predict the elastic modulus over a range of strain rates and temperatures from a single specimen.

STEM programs in US still working towards gender parity

April 11, 2019

Fei Chen is a Ph.D student at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, developing methods to make 3D printing technology more secure. … Fei is among a growing cohort of women, working under Professor Nikhil Gupta of NYU Tandon’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. … NYU Tandon said it leads the curve when it comes to recruiting women, who account for 33 percent of post-graduate students and 37 percent of undergrads, more than the national average. “There is a huge need in the U.S. for professionals in STEM fields, engineering and computer science as well as technology fields, so we want to make sure that we are filling those jobs with as many as possible, so we want to take advantage of the whole population,” said Kristen Day, associate dean at NYU Tandon.

Has the World’s First Unhackable Chip Arrived?

April 11, 2019

Ozgur Sinanoglu is a Research Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Ozgur Sinanoglu is obsessed with computer chips — a passion born at age 10 when his father brought home a Commodore 64. Now 42 and the associate dean of engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi, Sinanoglu claims that he and his colleagues have designed an unhackable chip. … Hired as a visiting assistant professor under the guidance of Ramesh Karri, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, Sinanoglu got hooked on the challenge of staying ahead of bad actors with malicious intent. “It’s a whole different game,” he says, one that requires constantly outpacing hackers’ creativity and intelligence. “It’s actually a more fun game,” he’s quick to add with a grin.

Desperate Rental Market Leads to Housing Scams

April 11, 2019

Features research led by Damon McCoy, professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon.
As the summer season approaches, a proliferation of housing scams in the form of false online rental advertisements has caused headaches, dashed hopes and, in some cases, led to substantial loss of money for desperate workers and vacationers already saddled with the difficult task of navigating the summer rental market. A study done by NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering showed that Craigslist fails to identify more than half of the scam rental listings on the site’s pages and often lets suspicious postings linger for as long as 20 hours before removing them. The researchers estimate there are thousands of false housing advertisements on the website throughout the country.

The Size Of The Fingerprint Biometric Sensor: Why Bigger Is Better

April 11, 2019

Article features research by Nasir Memon, professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon.
… Whilst there is no denying the fingerprint biometric smart card is reaching its inflection point, one barrier to mass market adoption is the cost of the sensors needed to take each person’s biometric fingerprint data. To combat this, many producers of these sensors have looked to limit costs by reducing the size of the sensors used. … the smaller the sensor the more times an enrollee needs to touch the sensor in order to capture an image of the whole surface of the finger. Some manufacturers are getting around this problem by partially enrolling the fingerprint, by adding a fragment of the fingerprint and then adding to data to the template, once the card is in use. According to a new study from New York University Tandon School of Engineering, ‘partial’ fingerprints are less likely to be unique than full prints, making smaller fingerprint-based security systems less secure and more vulnerable than previously thought.

With the proliferation of biometric scanning, some hidden risks

April 11, 2019

Features the research of Nasir Memon, and Julian Togelius, professors in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon.
… A team of researchers at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, for instance, created an algorithm to not only simulate a person’s fingerprint but to create a single print that can masquerade as several others and fool scanners as often as 20 percent of the time — all without replicating an actual print. … Much like a master key can fit many different locks, the NYU Tandon [School of Engineering]algorithm, called DeepMasterPrints, focuses on generating artificial prints that contain enough common fingerprint characteristics to allow them to fool fingerprint sensors into believing they’re a match. In order to do this, researchers use a three-step process.

Trump’s Facebook ads focus on Schumer, Pelosi and the border wall as Democrats play catch-up

April 11, 2019

Article cites research led by Damon McCoy, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Trump spent $3.6 million on Facebook ads from Dec. 30 to March 23, according to data compiled by researchers at the Online Advertising Transparency Project. … The data provides fresh insight into the themes and strategies that the Trump campaign is employing in the earliest days of the 2020 election cycle.

Data, Rivalry and Government Power: Machine Learning Is Changing Everything

April 4, 2019

The emerging wave of technological innovation centered around data science and machine learning is poised not only to upend economies and societies in yet unforeseen ways, it also looks set to trigger a new era of geopolitical rivalry, especially between the United States and China. Steven Weber and Gabriel Nicholas, CCS Fellow, explain what is unfolding and why it is so important.

 

The Risks of Marrying ‘Smart’ Technology With ‘Dumb’ Machines

March 28, 2019

Investigators probing two deadly crashes of Boeing Co. 737 MAX airliners are grappling with a hybrid of old and new technology, where a complex piece of software controls hydraulic pumps and motors similar to those used when Lyndon Johnson was president. … “There’s a bigger temptation not to test things when you’re just making a little change by adding automation,” said Justin Cappos, a professor of computer science at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. With every adaptation, the potential for problems might accumulate without anyone noticing. “You’re kind of boiling the frog,” he said.

Uncertain Regulatory Theory and Law Hampers Consumer IoT Cybersecurity

March 20, 2019

Poor regulation of the consumer IoT electronics sector compounds the negative market incentives discussed in the first part of this series. While standards for IoT devices are taking shape in some sectors of the U.S. economy, no similar regime has been developed for the broad consumer IoT electronics market. Moreover, little expert consensus has developed as to what such a regime would look like even if the political will existed to implement it. Such a regime would also have to contend with the challenges of regulating a market where many key actors are overseas. These challenges need not pose an insuperable barrier to developing a sound regulatory regime but do suggest that far more thought needs to be put into understanding what IoT regulation would actually look like. Written by NYU Cyber Scholar Samuel G. Bieler

Market Dynamics Encourage Weak Security in Consumer IoT

March 20, 2019

Cybersecurity in U.S. consumer Internet of Things (“IoT”) electronics is remarkably weak and this vulnerability is driven, in large part, from the economics behind these devices. Consumers lack the knowledge to make cybersecurity-informed purchasing decisions even if they are willing to do so – and many are not, particularly for low-end items. This means manufacturers are not rewarded for building good cybersecurity into their devices and may even be punished. Developers who take the time to build security into their devices may lose the race to the market and the advantages that come with getting a product there first. Collectively, these factors make it unlikely that market dynamics alone will improve cybersecurity in the consumer IoT market. Policy interventions will be necessary to mitigate some of these economic incentives. Written by NYU Cyber Scholar Samuel G. Bieler

Six NYU Tandon Researchers Garner Prestigious CAREER Awards

March 14, 2019

This year, six young principal investigators from NYU Tandon garnered prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards, given in support of early-career faculty members who have the potential to serve as academic role models and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. That’s an especially noteworthy feat considering that the school’s engineering faculty has just 80 members. It’s an impressive percentage; an inspiring group of engineers; an exciting array of world-changing research; and, given that three of the six are women, solid proof of the strides Tandon has made in closing the STEM gender gap.

Cyber Fellows participate in cyber defense simulation

March 14, 2019

The NYU Tandon [School of Engineering] cyber fellows program hosted its first-ever cyber defense simulation on Tuesday. It gave graduate students a chance to use what they have learned in class to defend themselves against a simulated attack. Students had to detect and mitigate eight threats in real time. Professors say the goal was for students to walk away feeling more comfortable defending security systems before they head into the workforce.

Why 3D Printing Is Going to Need Blockchain

February 25, 2019

Article refers to research by NYU Tandon Professor Nikhil Gupta and Ph.D. student Fei Chen in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  
Research has already shown 3D printing has a growing need for cybersecurity. Researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering for example have found that there are serious security issues around 3D printing that could present significant safety hazards due to counterfeit parts and products, or products being deliberately printed with hidden flaws and built-in failures.

Artificial Neural Networks Streamline Materials Testing

February 14, 2019

Optimizing advanced composites for specific end uses can be costly and time-consuming, requiring manufacturers to test many samples to arrive at the best formulation. Investigators at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have designed a machine learning system employing artificial neural networks (ANN) capable of extrapolating from data derived from just one sample … The work, led by Nikhil Gupta, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU Tandon … is detailed in “Artificial Neural Network Approach to Predict the Elastic Modulus from Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Results,” which will be featured on the inside cover of the journal Advanced Theory and Simulations.

Cyber stalking: Is your cell phone being used against you?

February 14, 2019

The New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence is expanding a new program in coordination with students at Cornell Tech and NYU Tandon School of Engineering to combat cyber stalking. The computer program, developed by students and recently put into use at the city’s family justice centers, is capable of scanning phones and other mobile devices for signs of stalking. “It’s very hard to look at a phone very quickly and figure out whether you are being stalked,” said NYU Tandon’s Damon McCoy, who has been involved in the development of this new program.

Quick Response Codes in 3D-Printed Structures

February 11, 2019

So far, schemes to authenticate genuine products have relied on traditional methods such as stamping a serial number or tracking code on the parts’ surface, but they are easy to remove or duplicate. Researchers from the New York University have developed an intriguing alternative. Led by Prof. Nikhil Gupta, a team of researchers from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Abu Dhabi converted quick response (QR) codes, bar codes, and other passive tags into 3D features hidden within the part in a way that they does not compromise the part’s integrity. This embedded code is scanned by a micro-computed tomography scanner for authentication purposes.

Researchers use artificial neural networks to streamline materials testing

February 11, 2019

Optimizing advanced composites for specific end uses can be costly and time consuming, requiring manufacturers to test many samples to arrive at the best formulation. Investigators at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have designed a machine learning system employing artificial neural networks (ANN) capable of extrapolating from data derived from just one sample. … The work, led by Nikhil Gupta, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU Tandon, with Ph.D. student Xianbo Xu and collaborators at 2-D graphene materials manufacturer GrapheneCa, is detailed in ‘Artificial Neural Network Approach to Predict the Elastic Modulus from Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Results,’ which will be featured on the inside cover of the journal Advanced Theory and Simulations.

Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — Including Ours

February 11, 2019

A number of organizations, including ProPublica, have developed tools to let the public see exactly how Facebook users are being targeted by advertisers. Now, Facebook has quietly made changes to its site that stop those efforts. … Facebook has also developed another tool that it says will allow researchers to analyze political ads more easily. That tool, called an API, is in “beta” and restricted to a few participants … One researcher with access said the API is not sufficient. It only allows searching by keyword, said Laura Edelson, a researcher at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] who studies online political advertising. “You can only find ads about things that you already know you’re looking for,” Edelson said. “So any kind of emerging activity is potentially undiscoverable.”

Google Follows Facebook And Twitter With Political Ad Transparency Programme

February 11, 2019

Ahead of India’s general election, which will take place in the coming months, Google has followed the example of Facebook and Twitter in promising greater transparency about the people behind political advertising. According to a report, the company said it will provide details of advertisers as well as the money spent on such ads. … “Simply put, all these ad networks weren’t designed to be transparent,” Damon McCoy, a professor of computer science and engineering at NYU [Tandon School of Engineering] whose team analysed ads with political content between May and July 2018, told Politico. “They’ve having to do a lot of jury-rigging of their ad networks to make everything transparent.”

3D Printing Security

February 11, 2019

As more 3D printed products reach the markets so does the increased risk for counterfeit parts. Nikhil Gupta is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss a new security measure using three dimensional quick response codes.

NYU Tandon’s Cyber Fellows Are a (Cyber) Force to Be Reckoned With

January 31, 2019

When Brookhaven Lab hosted the recent Department of Energy CyberForce Competition, members of the intensive NYU Tandon CyberFellows program were there to go head to head with other aspiring cybersecurity professionals from around the country. Tasked with defending a simulated energy infrastructure network from attack, the Tandon team skillfully corrected vulnerabilities; stayed a step ahead of the hackers; and proved that they’re well-prepared to help fill the 3.5 million cybersecurity positions experts predict will be needed by 2021. CyberFellows is an elite online MS program that costs just $16,000.

Tandon Research on 3D Printing Security Ranks at the Top

January 31, 2019

Just like any technology linked to the internet, 3D printers can be hacked, and computer design files can be stolen. Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and his colleagues created a method of hiding 3D QR (Quick Response) tags in printed parts as a way to prove their legitimacy. The news was cited as one of the top 10 most exciting developments of the year by top industry publication 3Dprint.com.

Rachel Greenstadt, Renowned Computer Scientist Joins Tandon

January 31, 2019

who recently joined the computer science and engineering faculty, is top researcher in trustworthy intelligent systems — autonomous computer networks whose integrity can be verified. Greenstadt, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and Harvard, holds a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fellowship; earned a PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies; and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She is also a member of the DARPA Computer Science Study Group…

New NYU program creating troops for cybercrime defense

January 24, 2019

‘We really need more security professionals— the very foundation of our society is being threatened,” says Nasir Memon, a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Memon is part of a multi-pronged effort at NYU to meet that need, with several online and on-site cybersecurity programs for newcomers as well as mid-career professionals, as well as financial assistance to help students attain that training. Memon says the school hopes to eventually train more than 1,000 cyber security professionals a year…. NYU’s approach includes a focus on several key areas: affordability … flexibility … industry …  partnerships … openness … community.

How domestic abusers use smartphones to spy on their partners

January 24, 2019

More and more people who commit violence against their intimate partners are using technology to make their victims’ lives worse. … News media, academic researchers, and victim advocates have long acknowledged the threat of spyware in domestic abuse situations. But our research [conducted by NYU Tandon faculty and students] brings to light the ease with which spyware can be deployed by abusers, and the broad scope of software usable as spyware.

Tandon Researcher Co-Authors One of 2018’s Top Papers on 3D Printing

January 24, 2019

With the worldwide market for 3D-printed parts now a $5 billion business…One of the major sectors vying to remain on the cutting edge of additive manufacturing (AM), as 3D printing is also known, is aerospace, and as the editors of the news organization 3DPrint.com wrote, “It would take a very long time to list all of the amazing news in aerospace 3D printing in 2018.” Still, they compiled a list of the 10 most exciting developments of the year, and prominent among them was research conducted by Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at NYU Tandon, who along with his colleagues discovered a way to prove the provenance of a 3D-printed part by employing QR (Quick Response) codes in an innovative way for unique device identification. The paper — co-authored by Fei Chen, a doctoral student under Gupta; and joint NYU Tandon and NYU Abu Dhabi researchers Nektarios Tsoutsos, Michail Maniatakos and Khaled Shahin — was published in the journal Advanced Engineering Materials and details how the group exploited the layer-by-layer AM printing process to turn QR codes into a game of 3D chess.

DeepMasterPrints Developed To Access Smartphones Via Hacking

January 24, 2019

Researchers at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] and Michigan State University have invented new artificial fingerprints, which they call DeepMasterPrints for hacking fingerprint sensor-enabled smartphones. According to a report by CNBC, the fake fingerprints, with the help of machine learning double as a ‘Masterkey’ to access one out of three smartphones which come with fingerprint scanners. The researchers involved in the new development are Philip Bontrager, Aditi Roy, Julian Togelius, Nasir Memon, and Arun Ross.

Biometrics in 2019: Increased Security or New Attack Vector?

January 24, 2019

Research cited is by CSE faculty Nasir Memon and Aditi Roy.
Just two years ago, the industry began seeing the vulnerabilities of biometric authentication when researchers at Michigan State University discovered a simple and inexpensive way to print the image of a fingerprint using a standard inkjet printer. And last year, researchers at New York University’s (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering boasted over the ability to match anyone’s fingerprints using digitally altered “masterprints.” On the individual and personal level, it may be impossible to prevent biometric data from being broadly collected and used. All but three U.S. states allow software to identify an individual using images taken without their consent while in public. And in many cases, people are readily volunteering their biometric data as a way to gain easier access to jobs, homes, cars and personal devices. However, they must insist that their data be responsibly and securely stored and used, which will ultimately be addressed through legislation for biometric privacy laws like those in Washington, Illinois, and Texas.

Government shutdown poses cybersecurity threat

January 24, 2019

The partial government shutdown, which is delaying companies’ plans for initial public offerings, also could be making the nation more vulnerable to cyberattacks. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has furloughed 43% of its staff—more than 1,500 of its 3,541 employees.…The shutdown also doesn’t help with the long-term problem of finding enough qualified cybersecurity professionals—and persuading them to work in government, where the pay is considerably lower than in industry. “There’s a massive talent shortage in cybersecurity,” said Justin Cappos, a professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, which is expanding its cybersecurity program. “These [DHS] organizations are already facing an uphill battle recruiting talent.”

Facebook investigates group backed by Reid Hoffman

January 24, 2019

Research project led by CSE Professor Damon McCoy.
Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by billionaire and Democratic mega-donor Reid Hoffman violated the social media giant’s policies when it set up a series of misleading news pages in a bid to target U.S. voters with left-leaning political messages. The probe focuses on News for Democracy, whose Facebook ads and affiliated pages about sports, religion, the American flag and other topics were viewed millions of times during the 2018 congressional midterm election, according to an analysis of the company ad archive conducted by New York University….The study by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering found that News for Democracy’s ads garnered at least 16 million impressions, defined as views or clicks, over just a two-week period in September. The pages are still active. “These groups find a community, they try to build it with nonpolitical content, and once they have that community established, they start inserting political messages,” said Laura Edelson, one of the NYU researchers.

Artificial Fingerprints Can Be Used For Hacking, Researchers Say

January 10, 2019

Researchers have created artificial fingerprints that they say can be used to hack into smartphones and other devices. These “DeepMasterPrints” are machine-learning methods that act as a master key, according to the researchers from New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] and Michigan State University, CNBC reports. The researchers — Philip Bontrager, Aditi Roy, Julian Togelius, Nasir Memon and Arun Ross — told CNBC that “phones and many more devices don’t capture your entire fingerprint.” They add: “There’s not enough space on the device, so they capture a partial fingerprint — which is not as secure as the full image….”

Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologizes for funding a group tied to disinformation in Alabama race

January 10, 2019

Article cites research by Damon McCoy, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized on Wednesday for funding a group linked to a “highly disturbing” effort that spread disinformation during last year’s Alabama special election for U.S. Senate, but said he was not aware that his money was being used for this purpose. Throughout the 2018 election season, Hoffman directed his cash toward other organizations that aimed to target conservatives on Facebook. Central to that effort was News for Democracy, whose ads garnered at least 16 million impressions on Facebook over a two-week period in September, according to researchers at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.

Facebook is investigating the political pages and ads of another group backed by Reid Hoffman

January 10, 2019

Article cites research led by Damon McCoy, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Facebook said it is investigating whether an organization backed by Internet billionaire and Democratic megadonor Reid Hoffman violated the social media giant’s policies when it set up several misleading news pages in a bid to target U.S. voters with left-leaning political messages. … The probe focuses on News for Democracy, whose Facebook ads and affiliated pages … were viewed millions of times during the 2018 midterm elections, according to an analysis of the company ad archive conducted by New York University [Tandon School of Engineering]. “These groups find a community, they try to build it with nonpolitical content, and once they have that community established, they start inserting political messages,” said Laura Edelson, one of the NYU researchers..

Security 101: How Businesses and Schools Bridge the Talent Gap

January 4, 2019

Some institutions aim to offer real-life experience through competition. New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, for example, annually hosts a student-run cybersecurity competition dubbed CSAW. This year, its 15th running, saw 3,500 teams from more than 100 countries complete challenges designed by New York City’s top ethical hackers. “You cannot really teach about security by lecturing in a classroom,” says Nasir Memon, professor in the department of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon. “You have to understand how attackers work.”

Intel funds NYU Abu Dhabi cyber security research

January 4, 2019

American tech giant Intel has awarded NYU Abu Dhabi a three-year, $300,000 grant to help with research into new ways of securely testing and configuring computer chips by third-party companies, it was announced on Sunday. The research, being conducted by NYU Abu Dhabi Associate Dean of Engineering [and research assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon] Ozgur Sinanoglu, allows tech companies to obfuscate security critical data – such as the chips serial ID – by using a secret key pre-loaded onto the chip.

Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones

January 4, 2019

Artificial fingerprints have been developed by researchers who say they could one day be used to hack into everyday devices. … Researchers from New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] and Michigan State University successfully generated what they call “DeepMasterPrints” earlier this year. … Philip Bontrager, Aditi Roy, Julian Togelius, Nasir Memon [professors of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon] and Arun Ross, the researchers behind the study, said the way fingerprints were recognized on smartphones and other devices was often problematic.

Legal and Compliance: 3 Questions for CISOs

January 4, 2019

What are three burning questions regarding legal and compliance issues that enterprise security leaders should ponder as they head into 2019? Ed Amoroso, former CISO of AT&T and current CEO of TAG Cyber, outlines the questions and possible answers. … Amoroso also has been adjunct professor of computer science at the Stevens Institute of Technology for the past 29 years, as well as a research professor in the computer science department at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a senior adviser within the applied physics laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

Hackers Can Destroy Your Business. Here’s How to Stop Them.

December 11, 2018

CCS Co-Chair Randy Milch was featured in a video from Futurism on the war against hackers.

AI-generated fingerprints could soon fool biometric systems

December 6, 2018

… Humans are notoriously bad at creating secure passwords. … we’ve fixed the problem, at least somewhat, by introducing a slew of new devices that rely on biometric authentication, whether in the form of fingerprints, voice recognition, or facial scanning. … Researchers at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering] and Michigan State University, however, have their doubts about whether biometrics alone are enough. … At issue is the way in which most fingerprint sensors work. Previous research by NYU professor Nasir Memon detailed a fatal flaw in some system. Rather than using a full fingerprint, most relied on partial fingerprints to confirm identity.

How To Cash In On Cyber Monday

December 6, 2018

This video includes an interview with Justin Cappos, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon. (starts at 0:57) 
… Online shoppers are not just on their computers. New research shows 1 in 3 purchases were made on their smartphone. “Going to sites that are more reputable, especially those that tend to be more technology focused and maybe have a reasonable security staff gives you a greater degree of assurance,” says Cappos.

Marriott data breach: Class-action suit filed; experts ask why it wasn’t caught earlier

December 6, 2018

This video includes an interview with Justin Cappos, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon
Cybersecurity expert and NYU professor Justin Cappos says the security breach that compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests shows that Marriott’s Starwood hotels simply did not care about customer security and privacy.

The shaky world of online ad transparency

December 6, 2018

… Major ad platforms like Google, Facebook and Twitter each launched their own versions of transparency platforms, which detail online political spending — a $1.9 billion industry in 2018, according to a projection from Kip Cassino of the ad-tracking firm Borrell Associates. … “Simply put, all these ad networks weren’t designed to be transparent,” said Damon McCoy, a professor of computer science and engineering at NYU [Tandon School of Engineering], who has tracked online ads as part of the school’s [Online Ad] Transparency project. “They’ve having to do a lot of jury-rigging of their ad networks to make everything transparent.”

BlackBerry’s acquisition of Cylance raises eyebrows in the security community

December 4, 2018

BlackBerry, which has rebranded as a security company as its mobile handset business fades, purchased Cylance, the machine-learning based anti-malware company, for $1.4 billion dollars last week. … “It’s possible they [BlackBerry] could add machine learning-specific backdoors of the style we proposed last year that makes it ignore their own state-sponsored malware,’ Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, an assistant professor in the computer science and engineering department at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering], tells CSO.

AI skeleton key fingerprint fools 1 in 5 ID systems

December 4, 2018

Article features research by a team including Philip Bontrager, a Ph.D. student at the NYU Game Innovation Lab at NYU Tandon, and lab director Julian Togelius and Nasir Memon, professors in the department of computer science and engineering.
“These experiments demonstrate the need for multi-factor authentication and should be a wake-up call for device manufacturers about the potential for artificial fingerprint attacks,” said researcher Philip Bontrager. … The work builds on earlier research, also at NYU Tandon, which described how fingerprint-based systems use partial fingerprints, rather than full ones, to confirm identity. “Devices typically allow users to enrol several different finger images, and a match for any saved partial print is enough to confirm identity,” said the university.

1st Place Policy Prize at CSAW Global Cyber Competition Goes to EMCS ’19-based Team

December 4, 2018

We are proud to announce that a team of four members from the Brown University Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) Class of 2019 won first place in the policy category at CSAW’18, the world’s largest student-led hacking and security competition. The New York University Tandon School of Engineering hosted the policy portion of CSAW in the U.S., one of the event’s six international venues which combined totaled over 20,000 participants worldwide. Competing at NYU against 28 teams comprised of Ph.D, Masters, law school, and undergraduate students, the team chose as their topic, Policy Recommendations for Securing the U.S. Elections.

Tunisia to host CSAW regional finals, one of the biggest cybersecurity competitions (Translated from French)

December 4, 2018

Tunisia has just joined the international Cyber ??Security Awareness Worldwide (CSAW) competition in 2018, and will host the regional competition at the Tunis Telecommunications College (Sup’Com). … The Cyber ??Security Awareness Worldwide (CSAW), first organized in 2003 by Professor Nasir Memon of the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and run by students, was initially a grassroots competition before expanding in just a few years to operate on a global scale.

IBERO will host the finals of CSAW 18 in Mexico

December 4, 2018

For the first time in 15 years, the best Mexican cybersecurity students will compete in the final round of Cyber ??Security Awareness Worldwide (CSAW) at the Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, from November 8 to 11, 2018. They will also participate simultaneously against hackers from different countries. CSAW was founded in 2003 by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and is the largest cybersecurity competition in the world. The competition is developed by university students and graduates of both Tandon’s OSIRIS Lab and the Center for Cyber ??Security.

Competitors Challenged to Hack ATM, 3D Printers at 15th Annual CSAW Conference

December 4, 2018

… This year, participants breached design files to 3D print counterfeit parts, and a team of five hacked an ATM, leaving with $2,000 in cash. But these cyber whizzes are not wanted criminals—they were competitors in the 15th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week, or CSAW, conference hosted by the New York University Center for Cybersecurity at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. “Once you think like hackers, it becomes better for you to come up with better defenses,” explained Ramesh Karri, NYU professor of electrical and computer engineering, and founder of CSAW’s Embedded Security Challenge. Over the decade-and-a-half that CSAW has challenged participants to “think like hackers,” it has grown from a humble “capture the flag” hacker competition to an international event hosted in six countries, with a wide variety of cyber-related competitions and over 20,000 participants worldwide, according to event founder, professor of computer science and engineering Nasir Memon.

RPI students earn top honors during Cyber Security Awareness Week

December 4, 2018

For a second year in a row, a team of students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earned top honors at the 15th anniversary edition of Cyber Security Awareness Week. A team of four computer science students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute once again took home top honors at the 15th anniversary edition of Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), the world’s largest student-run cyber security event. Hosted by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, this year’s event was held November 8-10 and featured international competitions, workshops, and industry events.

BlackBerry’s acquisition of Cylance raises eyebrows in the security community

December 4, 2018

Backdoors in machine learning have gotten little attention, but researchers have demonstrated proofs of concept for how such backdoors might work. ‘It’s possible they could add machine learning-specific backdoors of the style we proposed last year that makes it ignore their own state-sponsored malware,’ Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, an assistant professor in the computer science and engineering department at New York University [Tandon School of Engineering], tells CSO. ‘We showed that when you’re training something like a deep learning system you can teach it to recognize specific triggers and then misclassify any inputs that have that trigger,’ Dolan-Gavitt adds. ‘We haven’t looked at anti-malware systems specifically, but I think it would work.’

Was Your Voting Machine Hacked? Without More User-Friendly Devices, We May Not Know

November 19, 2018

The OSET Institute logged more than 900 individual reports of voting issues, according to the TrustTheVote Project’s first PollWatch campaign. But the problems weren’t the anticipated cyberattacks. Written by our Cybersecurity Service Scholar Marc Canellas.

Federal Researchers Simulate Power Grid Cyberattack, Find Holes in Response Plan

November 15, 2018

Ramesh Karri and Farshad Khorrami, professors in the department of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Tandon, and Michail Maniatakos, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Tandon were involved in the tests featured in this article.
… There is evidence that nation-state attackers are already targeting power grids and other critical infrastructure. … Grid operators and government workers conduct frequent tabletop exercises to determine who would do what during a cyberattack, but those activities lack the depth and urgency of a real-world scenario and might not reveal problems in response plans, said Walter Weiss, the program manager for the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, who led the exercises.

VIDEO – Future European cyber security ace clash in Valencia (Translated from French)

November 15, 2018

For the second year in a row, the Esisar Engineering School in Valence (Drôme) is hosting the European Cyber ??Security Awareness Week finals from 8th to 10th November. …These future cybersecurity professionals … compete in a global competition. Cyber ??Security Awareness Week pits 107 countries in the early stages of qualifying. Next are the final events in each major region: New York for the North American continent, Ariana in Tunisia for the Middle East and the Maghreb, Mexico for Mexico, Kanpur for India, and Valencia for the European continent. From this Thursday until Saturday, the teams of twelve European countries are therefore at L’Esisar, in Valencia.

At CSAW, big cybersecurity contest: ‘It’s like chess’ (Translated from French)

November 15, 2018

… This weekend took place in Valencia but also simultaneously in … Kanpur and New York [University, Tandon School of Engineering], the final of the CSAW. This is the largest academic cybersecurity competition in the world. The goal: 12,000 future cybersecurity professionals are invited to hack computer systems and connected objects, to reveal the flaws to their designers. Adele Day, 22, is a student in her 5th year at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Bourges. She studies in the sector ‘security and information technologies’. First interested in science and mathematics, then in computer science, she discovered cybersecurity a little later.

The CSAW, a showcase for the gifted ‘hacking’ (Translated from French)

November 15, 2018

They pirate by challenge and are courted by recruiters in a booming sector: a hundred computer enthusiasts competed this weekend in Valencia at CSAW, the largest academic cybersecurity competition in the world. The European finals of this ambitious ‘hackathon’ was held on the campus of … Esisar from Thursday to Saturday and simultaneously in Abu Dhabi, Kanpur (India) and New York [University, Tandon School of Engineering] (where the competition was created in 2003). ‘The aim of Cyber ??Security Awareness Week (CSAW) is to demonstrate the security flaws of a site or a network by attacking it, and then develop appropriate countermeasures.’ … explained to AFP David Hély of the CSAW organizing committee and teacher – researcher at Esisar.