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Robert D'Ovidio

Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Culture and Communications

College of Arts and Sciences

D'Ovidio researches the intersection of computer technology, crime and the criminal justice system. He directs Drexel's research program in computer crime and digital forensics. In the past, he has worked with the New York City Police Department and Philadelphia Police Department on research projects involving computer crime. His work with the law enforcement community also includes training investigators on techniques to trace Internet communication and seize electronic evidence and cell phones.

He is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the American Society of Criminology, and the United States Secret Service Philadelphia- Area Electronic Crimes Task Force. D'Ovidio sits on the National Governors Association's Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. He serves as an advisor to the Pennsylvania State Treasurer on identity theft and is a consultant to BK Forensics, assisting with law enforcement outreach and the development of training curriculum. He provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft and surveillance.

For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • New Snapchat Feature Is Raising Safety Concerns

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for a KYW-TV (CBS-3) news segment about the safety concerns surrounding Snapchat’s new “Snap maps” feature.

  • How to Protect Yourself From a Ransomware Attack

    Robert D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts & Sciences, was quoted in a May 16 6abc.com story about protecting yourself from ransomware.

  • Drexel Comes Out on Top in Dad Vail Regatta Shortened by Rain

    Drexel’s Director of Rowing Paul Savell and undergraduate rower Kendall Wenzki were quoted in May 13 stories on CBS Local, 6abc.com, Philly.com, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Fox29.com about Drexel’s victory in the Dad Vail Regatta. A number of Drexel rowers from New Jersey were also featured in a May 13 Press of Atlantic City story about the regatta.

  • Facebook Hiring Thousands More To Review Suicide, Crime Videos Posted On Site

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in a May 3 KYW-TV (CBS-3) news segment in regards to Facebook hiring 3,000 new employees to help monitor for harmful posts.

  • Growing Trend of Crimes Posted on Social Media

    Rob D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in an April 17, WCAU-PHI (NBC-10) segment about the growing trend of crimes posted on social media. 

     

  • Digital Spring Cleaning: Password Security

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) providing password security spring cleaning tips.

  • How Are Internet Privacy Regulations Changing?

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for a March 29 WPVI-TV (6-abc)/WPHL-TV (PHL-17) news segment regarding legislation in the hands of President Trump, that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

  • Ex-Doctor Hacks Into Cell Phones, Emails, Social Media Accounts of Female High School Classmates: Police

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for a March 27 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) segment about a former physician at Thomas Jefferson Hospital who illegally gained access to email accounts of several of his former high school classmates. 

  • Twitter Reveals Vast Shut Down Of Accounts Linked To Extremist Views

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on March 23 for a KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) segment regarding a mass shutdown of accounts linked to extremist views, conducted by Twitter.

  • Ransomware Attack Hits Pennsylvania Senate Democrats

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in a March 4 WPVI-TV (6-abc) news segment about a "ransomware" cyberattack that shut down the Pennsylvania Senate Democrats’ computer systems.


  • Hacker Has Message For President Trump: Change Your Security Settings

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed for a Jan. 27 KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story about security enhancements for social media amidst a rise in hacking and the president's increased use of social media.

  • Travelers, Beware! Hacking Lurks in Plugs and Ports

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Dec. 18 USA Today story about how to avoid being hacked when traveling.

  • Riders React to New Uber Feature, Tracking Your Location After Your Ride

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed during a Dec. 5 KYW-TV (CBS-3) news segment about the security and privacy implications of the ride sharing service Uber collecting location information from riders for up to five minutes after their ride has ended. 

  • Green Party Files Lawsuit Seeking Presidential Recount in Pennsylvania

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WCAU-TV (NBC-10) on Nov. 28 discussing the Green Party's lawsuit seeking a presidential recount in Pennsylvania due to the possibility of hacking. 

  • Online Shoppers Warned of WiFi, Scams for Cyber Monday

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured live on Nov. 25 in a news segment for WCAU-TV (NBC-10) discussing safety tips for online holiday shopping this season.

  • In The Age of The Social Media Attack, Temple Freshman Lands on Haters' Radar

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research and graduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Nov. 18 WHYY/Newsworks story about the security challenges posed by a spike in threats on social media since the election of Donald Trump.

     

  • PA Job Seeker Scammed Out of Thousands 

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in a Nov. 16 WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment regarding the growing sophistication of criminal enterprises particularly overseas. D’Ovidio was also interviewed in a Nov. 14 16 KYW-TV (CBS-3) segment regarding the impact Facebook has had on the election.

  • Your Life: Device Helps Disconnect to Keep Families Connected

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in a Nov. 2 WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment regarding the safety of Meet Circle, a filtering device meant to help families make the most of technology without having it completely take over.

  • More Than 500 Million Yahoo Users Have Data Stolen In 2014 Hack

    Robert D'Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was featured in a Sept. 23 Wisconsin Public Radio segment about the Yahoo breach.

  • The Evolution of Terror

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences was interviewed in a July 15 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) news segment about the evolution of terror and the recent attack in France.

  • Good Question: Is it Safe to E-File Taxes?

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) in a news segment about how to safely e-file taxes.

  • Rutgers Weathers Another Cyberattack

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhDan associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story on Dec. 28 about cyberattacks at Rutgers University.

  • #CoverStory

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on FOX-29 (WXTF-TV) on Nov. 21 about the federal government’s “see something, say something” initiative. 

  • Privacy Laws Called Into Question After Paris Attacks

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WCAU-TV (NBC-10) on Nov. 19 about privacy laws in light of the Paris attacks.

  • 3 On Your Side: What Does Google Know About You?

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Nov. 9 KYW-TV (CBS-3) segment about how much information Google keeps on its users.

  • Cops Track Down Suspect After He Allegedly Posts Picture of Marijuana Plant on Instagram

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW-TV (CBS-3) story on July 28 about the use of social-media surveillance methods in law enforcement.

  • Social Media Heavyweights Push Back Against Proposed Online Anti-Terror Legislation

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story on July 28 about proposed online anti-terror legislation. 

  • Tech Meltdown

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in a July 8 KYW-TV (CBS-3) segment about the technical glitches suffered by United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and the Wall Street Journal.

  • U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Bethlehem, Pa. Man’s Conviction Over Facebook Posts

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio 1060 story on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling pertaining to online harassment.

  • Hacking Investigation

    Robert D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed in a May 20 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) in a story about the Philadelphia City Council website being hacked on election day.

  • April 27 Dobidio WPVI

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WPVI-TV (6-abc) on April 27 about facial recognition technology. 

  • Confide

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social sciences research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WTXF-TV (FOX-29) on March 9 about privacy concerns in so-called secret messaging apps.

  • Facebook’s New Facial Recognition Algorithm Draws Attention From Privacy Experts

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW-Radio (1060-AM) story on Feb. 11 about Facebook’s facial recognition technology. 

  • After Anthem Data Breach, Area Insurers Vigilant Against Evolving Threat

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks.org story on Feb. 9 about the recent Anthem insurance data breach.

  • U.S. Military Hacked; Apparent Personal Info of Officers Posted Online

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and associate dean for humanities and social science research, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio 1060-AM story on Jan. 12 about the U.S. military’s Twitter and YouTube pages being hacked by the ISIS terror group.

  • Millions Dealing With Gaming Blackout

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, associate professor and associate dean for humanities and social science research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) on Dec. 26 about Playstation and XBOX blackouts.

  • Staples Is Latest Retailer Hit With Data Breach

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, associate professor and associate research dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) about a data breach at Staples stores on Dec. 19.

  • The Aftermath of the Sony Hack

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KTXL-TV (FOX-40 Sacramento) segment about the aftermath of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer system being hacked.

  • Snapchat Buys Into Peer Payment Space With Snapcash

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a CBSLocal.com story about Snapchat on Dec. 3.

  • Biggest Social Media Scams

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Nov. 17 WPVI-TV (6-abc) segment about social media scams.

  • Q&A: What Is 4chan and Where Did It Come From?

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Associated Press article on Nov. 7 about the social networking site 4chan. The story was picked up by numerous outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, ABCNews.com and Salon.com.

  • NJ Family 'Swatted' by Video Gamers: Police

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an Oct. 23 WCAU-TV (NBC-10) segment and article on Oct. 7 about a “Swatting” hoax that targeted a video gamer’s home.

  • Twitter Sues For Right To Make US Government’s User Inquiries Public

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio story on Oct. 8 about Twitter suing for the right to make the government’s inquiries about users public.

  • Facebook Vows To Be More Careful When Experimenting With Users

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio story on Oct. 4 about Facebook experimenting on its users.

  • Data Breaches

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor and associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WHYY-FM’s “Newsworks Tonight” about data breaches at Acme, Target and other major retail outlets on Sept. 30.

  • How to protect yourself from identity theft

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) on Sept. 3 about how to protect yourself from identity theft.

  • Local Expert: Facebook Experiment Unethical, Not Illegal

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story on July 2 about the ethics of Facebook’s recent study of emotional manipulation.

  • Is A Threat On Facebook Real? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on NPR on June 19 about the Supreme Court hearing a case on Facebook threats.

  • A Cyber Breach: More Likely Than a Fire

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Norman Balchunas, assistant research professor and director of strategic solutions for Drexel’s Cybersecurity Institute in the College of Computing and Informatics, were interviewed in the Philadelphia Business Journal about cyber breaches. D’Ovidio was also quoted in a KYW 1060-AM Newsradio story about threatening online statements.

  • What if you could kill your stolen phone?

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” on April 11 about kill switches on cell phones.

  • California leads states in identity fraud and computer hackings, report says

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article on March 20 about cybercrime in California.

  • Report Says Target Could Have Stopped Hacker Attack, But Didn’t

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story on March 13 about the data security breach at Target.

  • SnapChat Security Breach Affects Millions

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WPVI-TV (6-abc) on Dec. 27 about the data breach at Target stores. He was also quoted in a KYW Newsradio story on Jan. 2 about a SnapChat app security breach.

  • Local Expert Says Newer Credit Cards Can Fight Some Types of Fraud, But…

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW Newsradio 1060-AM on Dec. 20 about the Target security breach. He was also interviewed on FOX-40 (Sacramento) and KNX-1070 (Los Angeles) on this topic

  • Data Breach

    Rob D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS 3) on Dec. 19 about the Target security breach.

  • 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Identity Theft

    Robert D’Ovidio, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a US News & World Report story about identity theft on Dec. 18.

  • Girl's suicide teaches us that parents must be digital guardians

    Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in an October 21 Orlando Sentinel story about parents’ responsibility to be digital guardians.

  • Twitter: The new face of crime

    Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a USA Today article on September 29 about criminals using Twitter.

  • Twitter Launches New Alerts System

    Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) on September 26 about Twitter’s new alert system.

  • Racy Photo

    Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on KYW-TV (CBS-3) about state laws preventing people from uploading racy photos of others online. The reporter also spoke with Drexel students on campus about the problem.

  • Cyber Criminals Target Parents in Back-to-School Scam

    Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WCAU-TV (NBC-10) on September 5 for a story on a phishing scheme that targets parents of school children.

  • FOX 29 Explores Snapchat

    Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed on WTXF-TV (FOX-29) on August 8 about the dangers of using the new app SnapChat.

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