International

Citizen Lab: elaborate phishing attack targets Iranian diaspora, dissidents

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Phone calls and online scams used in sophisticated attempt to bypass two-step authentification
Author: 
Irene Poetranto

It begins with a phone call from a UK phone number, with callers speaking in either English or Farsi.

But a new report from researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab says these calls are part of ongoing attacks against targets in Iran’s diaspora - and at least one Western activist. They're part of an attempt to bypass protections provided by what is known as “two-factor authentication” in Gmail.

University of Toronto one of top 25 universities in the world – again

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Research and teaching strength leads to strong showing
Author: 
Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto has once again been rated one of the top 25 universities in the world and first in Canada in the distinguished Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), produced annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

U of T placed 25 overall and also placed highly in individual subject areas, including an 11th place ranking in computer science and 23rd in chemistry.

Dr. Anthony Feinstein on war, conflict and “why journalism is undoubtedly more dangerous today”

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Journalists are now “high-profile targets,” expert says
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

From Syria to Ukraine, frontline journalists give readers first-hand accounts of violence, suffering and hope in conflicts distant and near. But in so doing they challenge their own physical and emotional well-being.

Dr. Anthony Feinstein, a professor at the University of Toronto and a psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, is a world leader on the psychological effects of war on journalists.

Citizen Lab reports on censorship in Chinese social video platforms

Author: 
Irene Poetranto

A new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab suggests companies hosting interactive online video content in China are censoring that content – from dance performances and comedy routines to songs – based on directives from government.

Champion for sport: meet alumna and paracyclist Shelley Gautier

Author: 
Janet Rowe

On a tricycle, alumna Shelley Gautier is the world’s fastest woman. She’s a nine-time Paracycling Road World Champion (including the gold she won just last week in Switzerland).

A silver medallist last time the Parapan Am Games were held, she’s going for the top of the podium when this year’s Games begin in Toronto.

The legacy of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

In the lull between the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games speculation is building that  Toronto may bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games helped push completion of some major infrastructure projects in Toronto and the surrounding region. But the Olympic Games are known for their cost-overruns. Should Toronto follow the lead of Rome, Paris, Hamburg and Budapest and make a bid? Or take heed of Boston's decision to withdraw from the fray?

Flight MH370: forensic engineering expert on the significance of debris

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As investigators continue to find items of interest along the Réunion coastline, Professor Doug Perovic explains what experts are looking for and what happens next
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Plane debris found on the French island of Réunion in the western Indian Ocean has renewed hopes experts can determine the fate of flight MH370 which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 500 days ago. 

The recovered object, confirmed to be a moveable piece of a Boeing 777 wing (a flaperon), has arrived at a lab in Toulouse, France, where experts will examine it on August 5. 

The University of Toronto strengthens its commitment to global worker safety

The University of Toronto community worldwide can wear U of T apparel with even more pride knowing that the University is taking steps to safeguard workers' rights in Bangladesh apparel factories. 

Nuclear arms and Iran: U of T expert examines the deal

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Sure step to stability or major mistake? The entire world, it seems, is divided on the preliminary nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic, the United Nations Security Council and the European Union. 

Opponents argue that the provisions for limits on uranium enrichment and centrifuge research will allow Iran to develop a bomb nevertheless. United States Secretary of State John Kerry says a better deal was not possible.

Why Tyrannosaurus and other predators had such fearsome teeth

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Serrated tooth structure allowed predators to tear through other dinosaurs
Author: 
Elaine Smith

The Tyrannosaurus rex – and other theropod dinosaurs feared and loved by children everywhere – had a unique, deeply serrated tooth structure, researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered.

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