By Matt Windsor | Illustrations by Tim Rocks
There's big money to be made in the computer industry these days. In fact, someone with the right skills and the wrong motives can expect to pull in millions every week by engaging in cybercrime.
Can you stop the bad bugs? Fight back in this video game inspired by the work of UAB researchers
Mega-salaries don’t come without risks, of course—including the increasing likelihood that your efforts will attract the attention of UAB researcher Gary Warner and his dedicated team of caffeine-fueled student analysts. In a lab overlooking the UAB football practice field, Warner’s undergraduate and graduate students are playing a high-stakes game of their own, matching wits with criminal masterminds a world away. The students’ efforts have been recognized with official thank-yous from Facebook and the FBI, and job offers from Microsoft, PayPal, and a who’s who of the current hot tickets in Silicon Valley. Read on to learn about some of the group’s most notable exploits—and how you can become a digital detective with UAB’s new master’s degree program in computer security.