February 5, 2009: UIC CS assistant professor comments on cyber-attack

The Chicago Tribune recently featured comments by assistant professor V.N. Venkatakrishnan on a co-ordinated cyber attack that compromised computers of a financial institution and gained access to nearly 1.5 million customer credit/debit card numbers along with 1.1 million social security numbers. Thousands of ATM withdrawals were made subsequently with the cloned debit cards.

Visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-atm-fraudfeb04,0,7303260.story for the full article

Prof. Venkatakrishnan's research focuses on architectures and tools to secure the World Wide Web from cyber-attacks. Recently, CS Ph.D. student Mike Ter Louw and Prof. Venkatakrishnan co-authored a publication that analyzed the threat of cross-site scripting, the number one threat on the Web, and systematically developed an approach for preventing these cyber-attacks. This publication has been accepted to appear in the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P) to be held at Oakland, California in May 2009.

Prof. Venkat's homepage: http://www.cs.uic.edu/~venkat
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