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2015

  • April

    • Brando

      The Upworthy Don: Formulas That Drive Google, Klout, Facebook Help Drexel Researchers Understand Organized Cybercrime

      April 03, 2015

      Notorious gangsters Al Capone and Carlo Gambino were famously done in by tax evasion charges. John Gotti, the “Teflon Don” was given up by a confidant. While the criminal masterminds of today are conducting their nefarious business online, the key to taking them down depends on understanding how they organize and where to squeeze them. Researchers from Drexel University’s Privacy and Security Automation Lab are searching for that pressure point by studying the activity of cybercrime forums. Their findings could guide the next generation of “Untouchables.”

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  • February

    • coding prints

      Dusting for Cyber Fingerprints: Computer Scientists Use Coding Style to Identify Anonymous Programmers

      February 26, 2015

      A team of computer scientists, led by researchers from Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, have devised as way to lift the veil of anonymity protecting cybercriminals by turning their malicious code against them. Their method uses a parsing program to break down lines of code, like an English teacher diagraming a sentence, and then another program captures distinctive patterns that can be used to identify its author.

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    • Masked man holding an assault rifle with social media icons nearby.

      Drexel Students Join Anti-Extremism Cyber Fight

      February 20, 2015

      To fight the spread of extremism on social media, a class of Drexel students is consulting with the U.S. State Department on new, online anti-radical strategies.

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    • Norman Balchunas, retired Air Force colonel and director of cybersecurity programs at Drexel's Cybersecurity Institute

      Drexel Cybersecurity Institute Director Receives Veteran Award

      February 13, 2015

      Despite moving 51 times, Drexel’s Norman Balchunas always called Philadelphia home. Now the retired Air Force colonel is receiving a Philadelphia Business Journal Veterans of Influence Award for his work in the city.

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    • Drexel Cybersecurity

      Drexel Cybersecurity Institute And U.S. Army Reserve to Train Next Generation of 'Cyber Soldiers'

      February 10, 2015

      Cyberspace is rapidly becoming the battleground of the 21st century. The prevalence and magnitude of cyber attacks during the 18 months has illuminated the need for sophisticated soldiers and savvy security professionals to fortify the information systems and electronic data on which our nation now depends. This demand has led the U.S. Army Reserve to partner with six academic institutions, including Drexel University, to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

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