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Cappos: To end ransomware attacks, stop paying ransom

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and a primary reason why is that such attacks are profitable. Therefore, to stop the crime, make sure it doesn’t pay. In a July 9 article in Yahoo Finance, NYU associate professor Justin Cappos notes that, “if no one had ever paid ransom for ransomware…then it would have faded...


Cappos talks cyber protection for cars and companies in NYU “Braniacs” Segment

Justin Cappos, an NYU associate professor of computer science and engineering, was featured in a segment of NYUs Braniacs. Cappos highlighted two of his secure projects: Uptane, which protects the computing units in car, and in-toto that secures software supply chains for companies. You can watch the brief segments here. The Cappos interview begins at...


Cappos points out real risks of third-party apps on iPhones

Though the bottom line of his company may have been the motivating force behind Apple CEO Tim Cook’s testimony in court on May 21, his voiced concerns about the risks of allowing third-party applications on the iPhone are not unfounded. Testifying in an antitrust suit brought against Apple by game developer Epic Games, Cook described...


A.I. can write code, but should it?

Writing code can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, so it is not surprising that research is underway to automate the process using artificial intelligence (A.I.). But, while machine-based code can make things easier, it also opens the possibility of perpetuating bugs and other flaws that were never fixed in the original source code. As...


Cappos describes the evolution of cyber attackers in Radio Spectrum interview

Anyone who might underestimate the skills and resources of today’s cyber attackers does so at their own risk. That was one of the takeaways from a recent appearance on IEEE Radio Spectrum by Dr. Justin Cappos, an associate professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Describing malware as,  “something that...