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"There's only a few big providers and occasionally they make little mistakes and this seems to be a case of they made a minor mistake," said Nicholas Weaver, a Ph.D., computer science lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and cyber security expert. Adding that "When you do an update, if you do a bad update, that takes down a lot of computers."

Binance Says It Helped Cops Arrest Ransomware Money Launderers
June 24, 2021 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Vice

Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley, said that this operation shows that exchanges such as Binance face "an existential threat from the ransomware gangs" given their role in the gangs' operations.

Professor Handsley worked with Dr Serge Egelman, cofounder of the US AppCensus Laboratory in San Francisco to provide some solutions for parents and educators. Dr Egelman is a prominent researcher in this field and was invited to provide expert testimony to the US Senate Hearing on “Protecting kids online: Internet privacy and manipulative marketing” on May 18.

"It's a brilliant example of taking advantage of social weaknesses with technical exploitation," said Weaver, "Actually building the cryptography to do this would be something that would be a reasonable homework assignment. Doing the integration needed and the social aspects needed to get this adopted and used by thousands of criminals, running millions of dollars in drugs is the true brilliance of this operation."

UC Berkeley receives 3 $25M donations to fund construction of new facility
June 10, 2021 | Ryan Teoh and Ashley Tsai, The Daily Cal

The donations, made by the anonymous donor and campus professors Ion Stoica and Scott Shenker, will go toward building The Gateway, a facility designed to be a collaborative space for more than 1,600 faculty, students, researchers and staff that is anticipated to open in 2025.

It's unclear how the DOJ obtained the private key, but experts, including Dr. Nicholas Weaver, a cybersecurity professor at the University of California at Berkeley, have suggested federal officials effectively hacked the hackers in a show of unprecedented government intervention in the cryptocurrency space.

Sometimes even app developers can find it challenging to figure out where data is being sent because of third-party components built into apps, according to a study by Serge Egelman.

Notably, two of the gifts are from current Berkeley faculty: professors Scott Shenker and Ion Stoica of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and the College of Engineering. “We are deeply grateful for these three gifts.” said Jennifer Chayes, associate provost of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society. “I cannot imagine a stronger endorsement of CDSS and of Berkeley than the unprecedented generosity of our two current faculty, Scott and Ion.”

The Key to Getting People to Be Safer Online: Make the Appeals More Personal
June 7, 2021 | Serge Egelman and Eyal Pe'er for Wall Street Journal

Many of us know that strong passwords are crucial protection against hackers, yet many people still routinely use weak ones. So, how can they be encouraged to create stronger passwords? Our research suggests the answer is to make the appeal more personal.

How it came to have that private key is the key question. Nicholas Weaver, a lecturer at the computer science department at University of California, Berkeley, said the most likely explanation is that law enforcement agents seized money from a specific DarkSide affiliate responsible for bringing the crime gang the initial access to Colonial’s systems.

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