In The News: Department of Computer Science

Campus Safety

Swatting is the act of reporting fake threats to emergency responders to elicit a large law enforcement response. Many industries have repeatedly fallen victim to these calls, including K-12 schools. These false threats not only suck up and divert precious resources but they leave room for real dangers. 

Government Technology

Using over $3 million in grant funding from the NSF, the university will establish a new CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to train cybersecurity professionals to work with AI and machine learning tools.

U.S. National Science Foundation

Awardees will dive into cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, hardware security and other interdisciplinary cybersecurity fields such as psychology and criminology. The projects undertaken by the scholarship recipients will be instrumental in shaping the future cybersecurity workforce and landscape.

KSNV-TV: News 3

These scholarships will help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

It won’t be long until F1 race cars are roaring around Las Vegas, but some far smaller vehicles are already speeding in the classroom at UNLV. Computer science students are building cars and skills in a unique course with exciting, real-world applications. They recently took FOX5 along for a test drive.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is preparing the expand the Free Cyber Clinic, which deploys students to help protect businesses from cybercrimes.

Las Vegas Sun

Cyberattacks that victimized major resort companies on the Las Vegas Strip this month are a strong reminder to stakeholders to protect their operations from the evolving online threats, an industry expert said.

Washington Post

Cyberattacks on MGM and Caesars put gamblers’ personal information at risk

Las Vegas Sun

Report: Caesars paid a roughly $30 million ransom to hackers

KSNV-TV: News 3

Four days after multiple computer systems at some of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas began shutting down, it appears MGM Resorts is still far from bringing operations back to normal.

Las Vegas Sun

The targets of cybersecurity attacks are typically high-profile companies that face challenges getting back online, said Yoohwan Kim, a UNLV computer scientist who studies data privacy on blockchain and network security.

New York Times

The casino and hotel chain MGM Resorts International said on Monday that a “cybersecurity issue” was affecting some of its online systems, causing disruptions for customers, particularly in Las Vegas, where cybersecurity experts said the company was likely the victim of a pervasive cyberattack.