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Hacking Cybersecurity to Anticipate Attacks


Questions remain about the readiness of businesses and organizations to combat cyber attacks.

The ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks in July emphasized the need for replicable cybersecurity studies.

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The ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2017), hosted at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Sciences in July, highlighted developing a hacking model for anticipating cyberattacks.

Conference organizer and Northeastern professor Guevara Noubir says this year's event featured the reproducibility label, emphasizing the need for replicable cybersecurity studies.

One successful paper in this area focused on smartphone jamming, with the authors demonstrating that a combination of tools enabled them to remotely gain access to a cellphone's computer chip and change the Wi-Fi chipset code to transmit radio jamming signals.

"You want to understand what is possible so you can defend against these kinds of things," Noubir says.

Northeastern's John Manferdelli warned password-based online self-authentication is one of the biggest pitfalls of cybersecurity. He also cited a virtual security breach's lack of immediate obviousness as another key challenge.

From News@Northeastern
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