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Cappos: DDos attacks on U.S. airports are a reminder of hacktivist “capabilities”

On October 10, 2022, websites at a number of airports around the U.S. simultaneously suffered denial-of-service attacks at the hands of the Russian “hacktivist” group Killnet. Major airports, such as LaGuardia, Orlando International, LAX, O’Hare and Midway, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, saw their websites go down, though operations were not directly impacted. In an interview broadcast...

Using AI-assisted code may not be risky business
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Using AI-assisted code may not be risky business

Maybe AI is A-OK after all? A year after his initial study raised serious concerns about potentially buggy code being written by AI-assisted programs, Dr. Brendan Dolan-Gavitt now reports the risk differential between source code written by human programmers and code written with the help of large language models (LLMs) may not be “statistically significant.” Dolan-Gavitt,...

CCS to Benefit from New NYU Tandon/DTTC Partnership
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CCS to Benefit from New NYU Tandon/DTTC Partnership

On September 7, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) announced a new five-year partnership to advance the work of the NYU Center for Cybersecurity. A primary goal of the partnership is to expand the concept of resiliency in CCS research and educational offerings. According to an announcement published...

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Hacking Competition Winners Share Tips on Teamwork and Strategy

What does it take to win a hardware security competition? The top three winners from the HACK@DAC competition, including two Ph.D. candidates from NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity, provided some insights on the topic in a recent interview for the podcast “What That Means with Camille,” part of Intel’s Cyber Security Inside series. Baleegh Ahmad and...

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McCoy and Edelson aid “responsible disclosure” of Facebook papers

Cybersecurity for Democracy researchers Dr. Damon McCoy and Dr. Laura Edelson recently served as part of a team of experts that assisted in publishing the Facebook Papers. Compiled and released by Gizmodo, the papers released by whistleblower Frances Haugen last November, are now accessible at https://gizmodo.com/facebook-papers-how-to-read-1848702919. The independent advisory team was employed because Gizmodo recognized...

Identifying Barriers to Accurate Fact-Checking
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Identifying Barriers to Accurate Fact-Checking

In the battle against disinformation, fact checkers are the first line of defense. Yet, a recent study reveals these individual face some serious barriers in completing their tasks. The principal problem is the procedures that govern how their job have not kept pace with the volume of information. As a result, “the rate at which...

A New Disinformation Threat: Kitty Videos
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A New Disinformation Threat: Kitty Videos

In a recent appearance on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” Tandon Ph.D. candidate Laura Edelson named a surprising new platform for disinformation campaigns: kitten videos. Edelson, who is co-director of the Cybersecurity for Democracy initiative of NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity, was invited to the TBS show to explain how cat videos are used to lure...

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CCS Co-founder Memon on Deepfakes: “We must restore our ability to believe our eyes and ears”

Deepfakes have emerged as a serious cybersecurity threat at a time when “people are more likely to be influenced by images and less likely to critically assess them,” according to NYU Tandon’s Dr. Nasir Memon. Writing in IEEE Transmitter, the co-founder of NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity, discussed the dangers of a world where deepfakes make...

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Edelson on CBS “Sunday Morning:” Misinformation is more likely to be shared

The problem is not just that misinformation exists on social media, but that it is more popular than factual content. Laura Edelson, a Ph.D. candidate at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, confirmed this problem in an appearance on the CBS program Sunday Morning. “Facebook is a user-interaction maximizing machine… that’s what Facebook is built...

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CCS researchers find Github CoPilot generates vulnerable code 40% of the time

A recent study by cybersecurity researchers at NYU Tandon finds that a significant amount of the code generated by Github CoPilot programming assistant is, at best, buggy, and at worst, potentially vulnerable to attack. The researchers drew their conclusion after creating 89 potential scenarios and having CoPilot output 1,692 programs. When these programs were reviewed,...