Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Major NSF Funding for Bro Development

The Bro team is jazzed to announce that the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of almost $3M to the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for extensive Bro development.

The funded project aims specifically at addressing much of the feedback that we have received from Bro users over the years. It will enable us to refine many of the rough edges that the system has accumulated over time[*], improve Bro's performance significantly, and also make it much easier for the community to contribute to the project.

For further information, see the joint ICSI/NCSA press release.

Thanks to everybody who helped make this happen!

[*] Yes, that includes documentation!

Cybercasing the Joint

Earlier this month, we presented a paper on how geotagging can leave users vulnerable to what we termed "cybercasing":

Gerald Friedland, Robin Sommer
Cybercasing the Joint: On the Privacy Implications of Geo-Tagging
Proc. USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Security, 2010

This work was featured by the New York Times, ABC News, Toronto Star, and New Scientist.