University of Florida cybersecurity experts Patrick Traynor and Kevin Butler expressed concerns over mobile banking applications in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Both professors – among the first hired last year as part of the university’s Preeminence initiative – work in the department of computer and information science and engineering. They were in Washington presenting a paper related to their concerns at the USENIX security conference.
The security flaws were found in six of seven popular mobile-money apps used primarily in developing countries, and threaten to leave some of the poorest populations – and those who depend almost entirely on mobile infrastructure – exposed to fraud and theft.
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Cybersecurity is a critical concern for citizens, industry and government. Intrusions and attacks compromise everything from our personal identities to our national security, from our ATMs to our financial markets. UF is committed to anticipating cyber threats, and to reducing vulnerabilities. We’re a resource for responsive action, if and when a threat occurs. We design robust cyber infrastructure to counter cyber threats, and educate the public on how they can protect themselves.