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Visible to the public  Fall'21 Science of Security Quarterly Lablet Meeting
Nov 15, 2021 10:00 am - Nov 16, 2021 4:00 pm CST

The Fall'21 Science of Security Quarterly Lablet Meeting will be hosted by The University  of Kansas on November 15-16, 2021. The program agenda will include invited talks from Dr. Robert Runser (NSA) and Dr. Natarajan Shankar (SRI) as well as briefs from the Lablets. 

The meeting will be virtual. To gain access to the meeting, please register here: https://cps-vo.org/LabletQTRLY/2021/KU-register

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Visible to the public  2021 CPS Challenge
Jun 02, 2021 7:00 am - Jul 02, 2021 7:00 pm MST

 

2021 CPS Challenge

"Lunar Lander ExoCam -- Earth Analog"

 

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Visible to the public President signs K-12 Cybersecurity Act into Law

President Biden signed the K12 Cybersecurity Act which should strengthen the cybersecurity of US K-12 schools. This includes assessing the cybersecurity risks effecting K-12 schools such as securing information systems and protecting student and employee data. Other goals include developing guidelines for this sector to minimize risks, publishing an online training toolkit, and posting the assessment findings and recommendations online. All this effort will be under the direction of the CISA director.
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Visible to the public New Fleeceware attack adds premium charges to users' accounts.

Beware of Joker malware found in the Color Message app. The malware is part of a an app that promises better colors, emojis and screen overlays. What it really does is subscribe users to unwanted paid premium services controlled by the attackers in a fleeceware attack. Users should monitor bills closely to catch these add-on fees. While these apps are often found outside the Official Google Play store, sometimes they are able to outsmart Google Play's protections by using as little code as possible and hiding it while keeping a small footprint which is hard to detect.
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Visible to the public META expands Facebook Protect Program

Meta, the new name for Facebook, has expanded it’s Facebook Protect security program to journalists, government officials, human rights defenders, and activist who are often targets online. The program offers enhances security like two factor authentication and alerts for potential hacking threats. Almost 1 million accounts have turned on this protection since it came online in September 2021. It also gives members tips for improving security. #ScienceofSecurity https://thehackernews.com/2021/12/meta-expands-facebook-protect-program.html
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Visible to the public GoDaddy managed WordPress customers part of big hack

Over 1.2 million GoDaddy customers were impacted by a recent hack. GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar and it’s managed WordPress hosting include a number of associated companies like 123Reg, Domain Factory, Host Europe, and others. An unauthorized third party using stolen credentials was able to get into the system back in September and lurked undetected until November 17th. Customers id’s and emails were stolen for 1.2 active and inactive Managed WordPress customers. SFTP and database usernames and passwords for active customers were also stolen—and have now been reset.
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Visible to the public New Adobe open source project is using machine learning to detect software attacks.

The project called LotL, (Living off the Land), extracts features of specific commands and then classifies them as either good or bad commands and sets up a set of tags for follow-on detection by a decision tree. Lotl uses supervised learning and an open source dataset of real-world attacks to extract features of specific commands in a way inspired by the process that human experts and analyst might use.
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Visible to the public The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Launches “The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge”

The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge, is open for submissions until November 19, 2021.

https://www.challenge.gov/?challenge=ostp-time-is-now

Science and technology must include and benefit all of America. Help make that a reality!

We need your insight to transform this Nation for the better.

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Visible to the public https://thehackernews.com/2021/11/us-offers-10-million-reward-for.html

In an effort to put pressure on the DarkSide Ransomeware Group, the government announced on Thursday a $10 million reward for information about the key leadership individuals in the DarkSide ransomware group—or any of it’s rebranded groups. The State Department’s $5 million dollar bounties are for intel and information that could help authorities arrest and convict others conspiring with the transnational organized crime syndicate. These efforts are in response to the DarkSide’s attack on Colonial Pipeline that disrupted fuel distribution to the East Cost for a week.
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Visible to the public  Bowie State University REU in Cybersecurity
May 26, 2021 7:00 am - Jul 30, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Cybersecurity

Guy-Alain Amoussou, PhD; PI, Associate Provost, Division of Academic Academic Affairs & Provost