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Sep 24, 2014

Engineering A Better Food Bank

How an NC State engineering professor is helping food banks help those in need. 

Nov 4, 2013

Many Android Vulnerabilities Can Be Traced to Manufacturer Modifications

Computer security researchers have found that Android smartphone manufacturers are inadvertently incorporating new vulnerabilities into their products when they customize the phones before sale, according to a recent study. On average, the researchers found that […] 

Feb 22, 2013

NC State Research Helps Shape Yellowstone ‘Winter Use’ Plan

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Chris Frey, distinguished university professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. Frey is also chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. […] 

Nov 2, 2012

Researchers ID ‘Smishing’ Vulnerability in Android

Mobile security researchers have identified a new vulnerability in popular Android platforms, including Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. The vulnerability has been confirmed by Google, and will be addressed in a future Android […] 

Sep 28, 2012

Researchers Unveil New Technique to Detect Bots in Casual Online Games

Casual online games, such as FarmVille and Fantastic Contraption, have thousands of enthusiastic followers – but the use of automated “bots” to give some players an advantage is short-changing the companies behind the games. Now […] 

Jul 2, 2012

Clickjacking Rootkits for Android: The Next Big Threat?

Mobile security researchers have identified an aspect of Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and earlier models that clickjacking rootkits could exploit. A research team led by Xuxian Jiang at NC State has been trying to […] 

May 22, 2012

Announcing the Android Malware Genome Project

Mobile security researchers are announcing a global effort to share data on malware targeting the Android platform, in an effort to improve our ability to defend against such attacks. The Android Malware Genome Project is […] 

Aug 18, 2011

Researchers Find First Malware To Utilize Root Exploit Against Android 2.3

Researchers have identified the first malware – called GingerMaster – in any market that utilizes a root exploit to take over phones running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). A root exploit allows the malware to operate freely […] 

Aug 18, 2011

DroidKungFu Malware Evolves Again, Becomes More Difficult To Detect

DroidKungFu is continuing to evolve, with researchers detecting a new generation of the Android malware that incorporates new mechanisms to mask it from users and security software. This is the third version of DroidKungFu to […] 

Jul 15, 2011

Data-Stealing Apps ID’d, Pulled From Official Android Market

NC State computer science researchers have identified five applications on Google’s official Android Market that upload users’ personal information to a remote server without notifying the users. Google has been notified and pulled the apps […]