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9.15.14 Scientific American
"Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest"
A small cybersecurity firm claimed this summer to have uncovered a scam by Russian Internet thieves to amass a mountain of stolen information from 420,000 Web and FTP sites. The hacker network, dubbed "CyberVor," possessed 1.2 billion unique credentials -- a user name and matching password -- belonging to 500 million e-mail addresses, asserted Hold Security, LLC.

9.15.14 San Diego Metro
"Computer Scientists Launch Kickstarter For Video Game That Teaches Kids How to Code"
Computer scientists at UCSD have successfully funded on Kickstarter a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches players how to code. The game's previous iteration, developed by UCSD computer science Ph.D. students Sarah Esper and Stephen Foster, has been in use in dozens of schools throughout the world for more than a year. The researchers have been using the game as a platform to learn about the best ways to teach children how to code.

"Kickstarter to teach children coding raises $50,000"
Computer scientists in the US have received $50,000 on Kickstarter - a funding platform for creative projects - for a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches children how to code.

9.6.14 Hardcore Gamer
"Greenlight District: Poncho, The Corridor, desolate, Hardland, CodeSpells"
Creating an interesting and entertaining edutainment game is a difficult premise. Too heavy on the informative aspect and you?re likely to lose interest off the bat, too light on it and it loses credibility. CodeSpells uses a sleek, intuitive coding interface to allow players to create an infinite variety of spells in a sandbox environment. Players can team up online and even create game modes to compete in!

9.5.14 CNET
"Smart toilet seat bids bye-bye to bad smells"
CodeSpells is an open world video game that is trying to inspire an interest in coding by requiring that Players rank their own magic spells by experimenting with code in the game. The game provides a coding interface where you can specify exactly what your spells will do. This interface is intuitive enough. For individuals young and old, who have never coded before. Newcomers can learn by coding pre made cells using a drag and drop language, that makes the learning process pretty simple.

9.4.14 Michigan Radio
"Scientists hope E. coli genome sequencing will help track future outbreaks"
A research team has produced the first complete genome sequencing of a strain of E. coli. This particular strain is associated with outbreaks of food poisoning that can be deadly. Haythem Latif is on the research team at the University of California-San Diego. "Although early detection is key to treatment, it has been known to cause severe renal failure in children," Latif said. He says the updated genome sequence for this strain of E. coli will help scientists tell one strain from another.

9.3.14 San Diego Source
"UCSD takes lead in field with new robotics institute"
With many robotics companies and a call for the FAA to designate the region an unmanned aerial vehicle center of excellence, San Diego has been making a big push in the past few months to become the center of the rapidly expanding drone industry. The University of California, San Diego and several local companies want to expand the region's reputation as the hub not only of UAVs, but also robotics.

9.2.14 CNET
"CodeSpells: Write code, invent magic spells"
Programming has become a highly important skill -- but from the outside, it often seems like it would be both difficult and boring to learn. Ask anyone who's a programmer and they'll probably say otherwise, but taking that initial step can be a hurdle for many.

9.2.14 U~T
"UCSD to collaborate with Tijuana university"
UC San Diego has entered into an agreement aimed at increasing its collaboration among faculty and students with a Tijuana university, expanding on existing partnerships the La Jolla campus has with Mexican schools.

9.1.14 U~T
Minnes works at the intersection of math and computer science. She teaches many of the introductory and advanced undergraduate computer science courses for the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and works on research and outreach projects. She co-developed the five-week residential Summer Program for Incoming Students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

8.31.14 USA Today
"Robot toy invasion: Tech fuels the latest toys"
Forget dollhouses, footballs and jigsaw puzzles -- kids today want tech in their toys. Whether its video games, touch-screen tablets or radio-controlled flying drones, many of 2014's "most wanted" fuse entertainment with electronics. And in many cases, the lines are blurring between playing and programming -- whether it's Lego Mindstorms with "on-brick programming," Sphero 2.0's Macrolab app (with code you can share among friends) or the Moss robot construction kit.

8.25.14 MyFox Washington DC
"Study: TSA scanners can miss bombs, guns"
A new study by Johns Hopkins reveals that full body airport scanners can easily be obstructed, leading Transportation Security Administration agents to miss weapons or bombs. In the study, researchers found that passengers could easily carry contraband on board if they just covered it with a plastic shield and under clothing. Researchers also found that these scanners could easily be hacked, giving hackers the ability to manipulate the image reflected on the screen.

8.24.14 HS Today
"Study Finds Glaring Vulnerabilities in TSA's Controversial Full-Body Scanners"
After coming under intense public scrutiny last year for depicting nude images of passengers, the full-body scanners widely deployed at US checkpoints throughout the United States from 2009 to 2013 are now the center of a new controversy--they don't work. Researchers from the University of California-San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University recently published the findings of several laboratory tests conducted on Rapiscan Secure 1000 full-body scanner.

8.22.14 RedOrbit
"Airport Body Scanner Bought On EBay Raises Security Alarm"
Investigations have revealed that airport security may have been flawed for several years and the online shop eBay has played a surprising part in the discovery. Among the many strange items available on eBay, one in particular has kicked up a storm of controversy over the efficiency and effectiveness of those airport security procedures. When a US government surplus "Rapiscan Secure 1000 DP (Dual Pose) Backscatter Body Scanner (Never Installed)" was on offer...

8.21.14 Slash Gear
"Those TSA scanners were literally only good for seeing you naked"
The full-body X-ray scanners only retired last year amid long-standing concerns that they intruded on privacy by showing travelers naked were also riddled with security loopholes, new research claims. The TSA used the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner between 2009 and 2013 in airports across the US, but computer scientists have demonstrated that with a little preparation the machine could miss knives, guns, and even explosives from being smuggled onto planes.

8.21.14 Computer World
"Retired US airport body scanners fail to spot guns, knives"
A type of body scanner in wide use across U.S. airports through last year fails to spot well-concealed weapons including guns and knives, computer security researchers contend. The Rapiscan Secure 1000 full body scanner provides only "weak protection against adaptive adversaries," according to their paper, which will be presented on Thursday at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego. The researchers also set up a website with their findings. "It is possible to conceal knives, guns and explos

8.21.14 CNN Money
"Body scanner's problem: Fails to detect guns"
That was the finding from a joint study conducted by three universities, who were able to slip guns through a Rapiscan body scanner without being detected. "Frankly, we were shocked by what we found," said J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, in a statement. "A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques."

8.21.14 Ars Technica
"Got weapons? Nude body scanners easily defeated"
Researchers are delivering a paper at a security conference Thursday highlighting how easy it is to get weapons through the nude body scanners that have been removed from US airports but have been placed at other government installations across the globe. The report, given at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego, highlights the insecurity of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose "backscatter" scanner that once was used throughout the nation's airports

8.21.14 Washington Times
"EDITORIAL: The naked truth about airport screening"
American airline travelers, it now turns out, have surrendered their dignity for nothing. When the Transportation Security Administration introduced X-rated x-ray scanners five years ago, many travelers suspected the devices were an expensive sham. This was confirmed Thursday by researchers at a security conference in San Diego.

8.20.14 The Hill
"Study: TSA full-body scanners failed to detect guns, explosives"
The Transportation Security Administration's full-body scanners failed to detect a number of potential weapons, including knives, guns and explosives, according to a study released this week. The controversial scanners, which captured explicit images of passenger's bodies, provided "weak protection against adaptive adversaries," researchers from the University of California, San Diego; the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University concluded.

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