UMD Data Breach, Securing PII Data, Two Factor Authentication, Tinder GPS Flaw, Intro to Honeypots – CF002

Christian Johnson joins Jim (@jcollison) for show #2 of Cyber Frontiers brought to you by the Average Guy Network.

Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does.  Never on a schedule, but always up to date!

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UMD Data Breach: What You’ve All Been Asking about:

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“A specific database of records maintained by our IT Division was breached yesterday.  That database contained 309,079 records of faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses who have been issued a University ID since 1998. The records included name, Social Security number, date of birth, and University identification number.  No other information was compromised — no financial, academic, health, or contact (phone, address) information.”

“University of Maryland Police Department is working with the U.S. Secret Service on this matter.  Additionally, we have partnered with MITRE, a leading systems engineering company specializing in cybersecurity, to provide additional forensic analysis on how this attack happened, and how to prevent such attacks in the future.”

“The breached records included name, Social Security number, date of birth, and University identification number.  No financial, academic, health or contact information was accessed.”

Google “umd magnetic card reader” for further examples on how breaches can occur

Other universities have had this problem too:

Tinder Dating App:

All things in current news related to privacy, security, the government, and us.

Examples of where the government has been implementing two form authentication for the common citizen:

Cyber Special: Introduction to honeypots:

Doing a home listener honeypot? – Is it practical?

For those of us running websites, this might be a cool way to try some hands on experience in protecting your web stack:

Project Honeypot: Good resource for using data generated through this honeynet service:

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