Cybersecurity

Crime
6:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow "Hot Spot" Pays Dividends

Chief Sam Dotson (in white) listens to James Clark from Better Family Life before the start of a hot spot patrol in Wells-Goodfellow on May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police said last month’s decision to dedicate additional resources to the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on the city's northwest side is paying off.

Since designating the area as a "hot spot," police have made nearly 90 arrests. Some were for probation and parole violations, others for crimes in progress. They also pulled 20 guns off the street during the 10-day period.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:47 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Ethical Hacker Charlie Miller On Security In The Digital Age

Charlie Miller remotely hacking into the steering wheel of a Ford Escape.
(Courtesy Charlie Miller)

There’s tech in your car and tech in your phone. Internet connections in your Xbox and your printer. Convenient. But also a potential conduit to breach your security.

A person with the know-how can even remotely hack into your steering wheel. With his research partner Chris Xavier, Charlie Miller of Wildwood, Mo. recently revealed this vulnerability in cars as part of an enterprise in what he calls "white hat" or "ethical" hacking.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

New Cybersecurity Education Programs Offered By St. Louis Area Universities

(via Flickr/espensorvik)

Employment in the field of information security, web development and computer networks—cybersecurity—is expected to increase 22 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Washington University and Fontbonne University are offering new cybersecurity programs this Fall in response to the growing demand in the workforce for people in this field. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Joint Center At Scott AFB Helps Protect Against Persistent Cyberattacks

USTRANSCOM provides operational command and control for its service components.
(Courtesy: USTRANSCOM)

Cybersecurity is especially vital to the nation's military. Last year U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base formed the Joint Cyber Center "in recognition of cyberspace as a warfighting domain. "

Colonel Tom Clancy is Chief of the Joint Cyber Center at Scott Air Force Base. He said that during routine sweeps in 2011, more than 44,000 "attempted accesses to systems" at U.S. Transportation Command were discovered. That number quadrupled in 2012.  

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