SARS and the Communication Challenges of Global Public Health
The spread of the Zika virus has brought global attention to the issue of epidemics – and the international public health and communications challenges that go with them. Challenges that are similar to those posed by the SARS outbreak more than a decade ago.
Engineering a Better Food Bank
How an NC State engineering professor is helping food banks help those in need.
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 60 percent of the vulnerabilities […]
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. On February 22, the National […]
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 release. Specifically, Xuxian Jiang’s research […]
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 researchers from NC State have […]
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 identify potential weaknesses in various […]
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 the brainchild of Xuxian Jiang, […]
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 because it functions at the […]
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 be identified in the past […]