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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.

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This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian is joined by Jim to dive into news of the latest Petya Ransomware attack. We step back from the buzz around it and focus on what distinguishes ransomware from ordinary malicious code, and what data sets and resources can be used to investigate if ransomware evolves into something more than what it is today. We also discuss steps that the average consumer can take to reduce the likelihood of being impacted by these types of attacks. We also take the time to analyze profit motives, how cyber criminals target individuals and organizations, and what the future may hold for corporate responsibility in responding to these attacks. We specifically review Microsoft’s patch management strategy under Windows 10 in comparison to previous operating systems, and what some email providers are or aren’t doing to shut-down cybercrime in ways that could actually harm the consumer.

After taking stock of the latest challenges in cybersecurity, we take a detour to explore major headlines regarding the 2.7 billion dollar ruling the European Union handed to Google over the assertion that Google picked winners and losers for comparison and competitor shopping online. We explore the data issues for major corporations navigating international law, and how legal systems are generally struggling to keep up with the pace of technology.

On Cybersecurity and Ransomware

Ransomware Continues to Be Pervasive on the Cheap

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/06/petya-ransomware-outbreak-goes-global/

But is the profit worth it?

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/27/global-ransomware-bitcoin/

Providers enter the fray of corporate responsibility

http://gizmodo.com/ransomware-victims-are-unable-to-decrypt-files-after-em-1796458895

University Spotlight:

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2017/06/27/students-put-cybersecurity-skills-test-cybertruck-challenge/433614001/

Analyze Malware and Ransomware Samples for yourself!

https://www.payload-security.com/

Data and Legal Challenges

https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-slapped-with-2-7-billion-eu-fine-over-search-results-1498556971

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