Wednesday, December 4, 2019

New partnership to investigate privacy on blockchain

Chain links with code

The University of Waterloo and the Open Application Network (The OAN) are partnering to investigate solutions to the challenge of preserving privacy in the context of Open Applications on blockchain networks.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Florian Kerschbaum comments on $2.1 million social engineering cyberattack on Waterloo Brewing

Waterloo Brewing has lost millions in an impersonation scheme, an incident the company described as a “social engineering cyberattack” by a sophisticated third party. In its November 21, 2019 media release, the Kitchener firm announced that the attack occurred earlier this month and it has not yet recovered any of the $2.1 million wired to the fraudulent third-party account.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Professor Florian Kerschbaum recognized by ACM as 2019 Distinguished Member

Head shot of Dr. Florian Kerschbaum

The Association for Computing Machinery has named Professor Florian Kerschbaum a Distinguished Member. He joins 62 individuals globally who have received this prestigious recognition in 2019 for outstanding scientific contributions.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CPI Poster prize winners announced

The Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) held its second Annual Event on October 2 in Federation Hall. The Annual Event highlights the most recent ideas in research and industry related to cybersecurity and privacy with local and global perspectives.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Second-year CS student Anne Chung and her teammate Lena Nguyen win privacy-themed Citizen Hacks competition

Lena Nguyen and Anne Chun

A pair of second-year University of Waterloo students shared the top prize at the inaugural Citizen Hacks, a recent hackathon focused on creating technology to protect privacy.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Professor Florian Kerschbaum comments on City of Stratford’s ransomware attack

Picture of Dr. Florian Kerschbaum

On April 14, 2019, hackers targeted Stratford City Hall with a ransomware attack, which led to several crucial servers becoming unresponsive and unavailable. The attacker had installed malware on six of the city’s physical servers and on two virtual servers, then encrypted all systems so staff could not access information. The attack affected the city’s email system and online forms.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ian Goldberg and colleagues honoured for security research that has stood the test of time

Ian Goldberg

Professor Ian Goldberg, his colleagues David Wagner, Randi Thomas, and former PhD supervisor Eric Brewer have won the 2019 USENIX Security Test of Time Award for their research that also received the Best Paper Award at the Sixth USENIX Security Symposium in 1996.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Researchers use blockchain to drive electric-vehicle infrastructure

Car plugged into an electric vehicle charging station

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

In a study that outlines the new blockchain-oriented charging system, the researchers found that there is a lack of trust among charging service providers, property owners and owners of electric vehicles (EVs). 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Cybersecurity and Privacy Excellence Graduate Scholarship Sponsored by Symcor Awarded

Headshot picture of Chang Ge recipient of Cybersecurity and Privacy Graduate Scholarship sponsored by Symcor

CPI would like to announce Chang Ge as the recipient of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute's Graduate Scholarship sponsored by Symcor 2019/2020.

Chang Ge is a PhD student in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo since 2016, advised by Professor Ihab Ilyas. Previously, he obtained a MMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2014. His research interest is in the area of data systems, with current interest in managing data quality on private data. His work has been applied in SAP HANA, IBM DB2 and Microsoft Azure Services.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Crypto 2019 Best Young Researcher Award

International Association for Cryptologic Research

C&O graduate students Samuel Jaques and John Schanck have won the Best Young Researcher Paper Award at Crypto 2019, the 39th Annual International Cryptology Symposium.

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