Tag Archives: hacking

MWireless shines at MHacks 9

An army marches on its stomach. This famous saying, usually attributed to Napoleon, highlights the importance of providing for basic needs to ensure a winning military campaign. For a modern-day student hackathon, food remains an important key to success, but maybe not as much as a fast and rock-solid WiFi connection. Just ask Kevin Duan, one of the… Read More »

“Musical virus” can hack smartphones

By | March 15, 2017

A security loophole that lets someone add extra steps to your Fitbit might seem harmless, but a group of computer security researchers at U-M and the University of South Carolina say it points to the broader risks that come with technology embedding itself into our lives. They found a vulnerability that allows them to compromise devices through the tiny accelerometers that… Read More »

Integrity of voting systems still a concern

By | February 24, 2017

J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science and engineering, received a lot of media attention in the days after the 2016 presidential election for voicing concerns about the integrity of electronic voting systems in the U.S. In this extensive interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Halderman, director of U-M’s Center for Computer Security and Society, contends that the initial reports… Read More »

Dude, who hacked my car?

By | February 9, 2017

Most Americans have some concerns that self-driving cars can be hacked to cause crashes, disable the vehicle in some way, or even be used as weapons by terrorists, according to researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the U-M Transportation Research Institute. And large percentages of people are at least slightly concerned that these kinds of vehicles can be… Read More »

Hacking for global health

By | January 26, 2017

The Skoll Global Threats Fund pioneered the EpiHack, or “epidemiology hackathon,” which design digital tools that allow communities to detect, report, and verify disease outbreaks in real time. Annie Maxwell, the group’s president and an alumna of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, says one particular EpiHack, focusing on avian flu in Thailand, was special. “It was… Read More »

Yahoo under fire

By | January 23, 2017

Back in December, Yahoo came under renewed scrutiny after disclosing the largest known data breach in history, prompting Verizon Communications to demand better terms for its planned purchase of Yahoo’s internet business. According to Erik Gordon, a professor at the Ross School of Business, renegotiating the deal’s price tag would be the simplest but also least likely scenario… Read More »

Hacks with Friends

By | January 7, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. & Friday, March 3, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Ross School of Business. Hacks with Friends is a spirited, two-day hacking event where you can break out of your normal routine and have some fun. Form a team, build a project (a.k.a. “hack”) from beginning to end, and show it off in a fun, friendly… Read More »

Exploiting vehicle electronics

By | December 15, 2016

The networked electronics found in modern vehicles provide many useful and cool benefits, such as fuel savings, parking assist, and collision avoidance. Most of these features involve passing data among vehicle systems and human drivers. This connectivity also offers hackers new potential exploits. According to research presented last month by U-M researchers Kyong-Tak Cho and Kang Shin at… Read More »

Paper still safer

By | November 1, 2016

Online voting sounds like a dream. But ask cyber security experts and they’ll tell you it’s really a nightmare. In 2010, the District of Columbia piloted an Internet voting system and held a public trial to see if it could be infiltrated. Computer science professor Alex Halderman and his students welcomed the opportunity to legally hack their system.… Read More »