Prof. Santiago Torres-Arias explains the latest vulnerability that affects millions of computers.
In 1988, the first major computer worm shook the early internet to his core, disabling computers across the network and even causing panic in the Pentagon. Biella uncovers the story with Eugene Spafford, the first person to analyse the worm that caused so much chaos, and finds out why worms can still be so devastating decades later.
Umit Karabiyik, an assistant professor in computer and information technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, is focused on that data – called forensic intelligence – to give law enforcement at all levels of the investigation the means to receive and handle potentially terabytes of such data.
Equipping computer models with “covert cognizance” could protect electric grids, manufacturing facilities and nuclear power plants from hackers, says Hany Abdel-Khalik, a Purdue associate professor of nuclear engineering.