Cyber Crime

UA Students Help Fight Cyber Crime

Nov 5, 2015

This story is a class assignment in JN 325, a class on writing across media (Radio, TV, Web,) taught by Dr. George Daniels and APR news director Pat Duggins. The students are coached by Duggins, APR assistant news director Stan Ingold, and Morning Edition host Alex AuBuchon.

Headline: UA Students Help Fight Cyber Crime

Script: UA Crime Lab/ Katie Bedrich

October 21, 2015 / Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Facebook is donating $250,000 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for helping stop international cyber criminals. The school's cyber program played a key role in tracking down those behind the social-media virus Koobface. It took three years to end the threat, according to Facebook, which credited then-student Brian Tanner and Gary Warner, UAB's head of research in computer forensics. The $250,000 represents a portion of the money the social media giant recovered from spammers and cyber criminals with the school's assistance.