1. Zakir Durumeric Named MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35

    August 18, 2015

    MIT Technology Review has named CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric one of this years Innovators Under 35. Each year since 1999, MIT Technology Review selects exceptionally talented young innovators whose work they believe has the greatest potential to transform the world. His work focuses on developing quantitative, measurement-based approaches to combat threats against hosts and Read more


  2. Virta Labs Introduces PowerGuard™

    August 12, 2015

    Virta Labs recently introduced their flagship product called PowerGuard. While it looks like an everyday power outlet, its embedded intelligence detects when an infected device is plugged into the outlet by analyzing subtle power consumption patterns. [EECS website]


  3. Can hackers take over Ann Arbor’s traffic signals? U-M researcher discusses

    August 10, 2015

    In this MLive article about the security of municipal traffic signal systems, the work of CSE graduate student Branden Ghena is highlighted. Ghena received permission to hack the traffic lights at an unnamed Michigan municipality in 2014, where he quickly demonstrated how signals could be taken under the control of a hacker. Ann Arbor’s system, Read more


  4. Can hackers take over traffic lights?

    August 8, 2015

    In this Washingtion Post article about the security of municipal traffic signal systems, the work of CSE graduate student Branden Ghena is highlighted. Ghena received permission to hack the traffic lights at an unnamed Michigan municipality in 2014, where he quickly demonstrated how signals could be taken under the control of a hacker. [The Washington Read more


  5. Prof. Kevin Fu Testifies on the IRS Data Breach for Senate Committee

    June 16, 2015

    As reported on the Computing Community Consortium blog, Prof. Kevin Fu was one of the five witnesses to testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs at a hearing on “The IRS Data Break: Steps to Protect Americans Personal Information.” Video from the hearing is available here; Prof. Fu speaks at Read more


  6. Massive Clinton-era Internet bug shows pitfalls of Obama’s ‘backdoor’ proposal

    May 21, 2015

    In this CNN Money article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted regarding the FBI’s request for security backdoors in technology products. “It’s a bad idea,” he says. [CNN website]


  7. HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

    May 20, 2015

    ARS Technica reports on the Logjam vulnerability in detail and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says, “Logjam shows us once again why it’s a terrible idea to deliberately weaken cryptography, as the FBI and some in law enforcement are now calling for. That’s exactly what the US did in the 1990s with crypto export Read more


  8. New Computer Bug Exposes Broad Security Flaws

    May 19, 2015

    The Wall Street Journal reports on the newly-discovered Logjam bug, which could allow an attacker to read or alter communications that claim to be secure and may have been exploited by the National Security Agency to spy on virtual private networks, or VPNs. The vulnerability could also be exploited by hackers. CSE Graduate student Zakir Read more


  9. Hospitals are testing a way to detect malware by analyzing the flow of electricity to connected devices

    May 7, 2015

    One of the biggest reasons why health professionals are reticent to connect their devices is a concern over security for health tech, attacking a device can mean attacking a person. Prof. Fu talks about WattsUpDoc, a program that uses power and electricity as a means to detect if a malware has been introduced into a Read more


  10. Your House Is Your Next Fit Band

    April 30, 2015

    This article in Discovery highlights a Wi-Fi based approach to a local area fitness monitoring system prototyped at MIT. It includes commentary by U-M Prof. Fu, who sees potential for the system, especially in cases where typical sensor placement is not viable. He does, however, have concerns about WiFi security for medical data transmission. [Discovery Read more