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UMaine Cyber Defense Team Qualifies for the 2015 NECCDC to be Held at Syracuse University

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the University of Maine participated with 13 other schools for the right to participate in the 2015 NECCDC (Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition) to be held at Syracuse University (March 20-22, 2015). Only the top 10 finishers would move on to the NECCDC. The UMaine team finished 5th. The top 5 schools and scores were:

1. Northeastern University 20,533 points
2. Rochester Institute of Technology 20,411 points
3. Champlain College 20,239 points
4. UMass Boston 19,167 points
5. UMaine 18,997

The other schools that participated were (listed in alphabetical order):

Alfred State College
Olin College
Pace University
Stevens Institute of Technology
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Syracuse University
University of New Hampshire
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The UMaine Cybersecurity Lab is now looking for sponsors to help defray the cost of getting the team to Syracuse University and housing them there during the competition. For more details go to

USA TODAY: Congress restores right to unlock phones


Congress restores right to unlock phones

Consumers will soon be able to free their cellphones from the grip of wireless carriers thanks to final legislation that Congress passed Friday allowing mobile devices to be unlocked. President Obama said he looked forward to signing the bipartisan measure that cleared the House, which the wireless industry had fought. “The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget,” he said in a statement. The legislation, which the Senate passed July 15, reverses a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Copyright Office that prevented consumers from unlocking their mobile devices without the carriers’ permission.

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