university

Penn State says it was hit with pair of “sophisticated” cyber attacks

Penn State says it was hit with pair of “sophisticated” cyber attacks

Penn State has revealed that it was hit with two major cyber attacks, one of which it determined originated from China. The announcement was made today, with the university saying that it first became aware of the threats on November 21, 2014 after being alerted by the FBI. According to the statement, the FBI alerted the university of a cyber attack taking place on its College of Engineering network. The university is saying that “advanced persistent threat actors” conducted the two cyber attacks, with “at least” one being based in China. The oldest discovered date of intrusion was September of 2012.

Continue Reading

Drexel University library installs new iPad rental vending machine

Drexel University library installs new iPad rental vending machine

In a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Drexel University is launching an iPad vending machine for students and local residents. The last time most of us went to the library was in our student days in college. Even then, the quiet atmosphere was more attractive than the stacks of books. Librarians are acquainting themselves with the fact that students are still reading, but much of it is coming from digital sources and sitting in an uncomfortable chair at a library desktop computer isn't going to cut it, when it comes to digital literacy.

Continue Reading

Amazon partners with 3 campuses in bid to entice college students

Amazon partners with 3 campuses in bid to entice college students

Kindles may come in handy for literature and other linearly consumed print media, but textbooks are something many still prefer in physical form, and many students turn to Amazon to get them. The company is apparently looking to capitalize on this, as it has just unveiled its new Amazon Campus service in partnership with a trio of higher education institutions: Purdue University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of California Davis. Students at all three will get access to textbooks and university-specific gear like branded shirts, among other things, along with the promise of next-day shipping.

Continue Reading

Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have positively confirmed the long-discussed ability of government entities and private parties to remotely activate a webcam without the warning light turning on. While this privacy vulnerability has already been anecdotally admitted by a variety of sources, this research is the first time it has been proven by an established public-facing organization. The results were published last week in a paper entitled "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED".

Continue Reading

Bitcoin becomes an official payment option at its first university

Bitcoin becomes an official payment option at its first university

Bitcoin has been around for a handful of years, but has only recently seen widespread attention and a skyrocketing value all the while. ATMs that work with the currency cropped up earlier this year, and soon retailers and different services started announcing acceptance of the digital monies. That red carpet has expanded, with the first-ever university revealing that students can now pay tuition in bitcoins.

Continue Reading

Seton Hall University freshmen to receive free Lumia 900

Seton Hall University freshmen to receive free Lumia 900

How times have changed. Once upon a time a tote bag filled with university info and offers was shoved into your arms, but now it seems students are given smartphones instead. Freshmen entering Seton Hall University in New Jersey will be handed a Nokia Lumia 900 when they arrive at the institution. It’s an extensive of an exisiting initiative that the university has in place, with laptops being handed out to students since 1997.

Continue Reading

MIT grad student develops internet lie detector using natural language processing

MIT grad student develops internet lie detector using natural language processing

According to the Nieman Journalism Lab, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing a way to check for lying in political writing on the internet as easily as you check for spelling errors, using novel natural language processing techniques. NLP, for those who aren't familiar with the computer science term, is concerned with the interactions between computers and natural languages, and is essentially a method of human–computer interaction (Apple's Siri on the iPhone 4S is an app utilizing natural language processing).

Continue Reading

1 2