Best Paper Award for ATHENE researchers at ARES 2020

Oren Halvani, Lukas Graner and Roey Regev of the Fraunhofer SIT received the Best Paper Award at the Workshop Digital Forensics (WSDF2020) during the ARES conference 2020.

In their paper TAVeer – An Interpretable Topic-Agnostic Authorship Verification Method, they introduced an authorship verification process (AV) that reviews and verifies whether a specified person has in fact written an anonymous letter or rather confirms whether a text actually stems from the stated author. This is relevant for cases in suspicion of plagiarism for example.

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APNIC blog discusses the recent proposal of ATHENE researchers to distribute the power of RPKI authorities

Internet infrastructure is still very vulnerable. Security enhancements such as Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) are based on cryptographic signatures. While private keys should theoretically be held by the owners of domains and Internet name resources, they are outsourced to centralised authorities in practice. This bearsconsiderable security risks.
In his post, ATHENE researcher Kris Shrishak, TU Darmstadt, proposes a change to RPKI that will strengthen the threat model and prevent unilateral takedown of IP prefixes by Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

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ATHENE researcher becomes part of ProProfessur promotion program

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ATHENE researcher Dr Juliane Krämer of the TU Darmstadt was admitted to the subsidy program ProProfessur by Mentoring Hessen. The program supports and backs advanced researchers on their way to professorship.

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How secure is Machine Learning?

Study investigates the application of security aspects in Machine Learning techniques. Practitioners are needed for the survey.

The value of security and privacy in machine learning approaches has been investigated by researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC, the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE and the Freie Universität Berlin in a joined study. Participants who work professionally or personally with machine learning approaches are still needed for the research project.

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ATHENE researchers at TU Darmstadt discover weaknesses in WLAN and Bluetooth chips

New vulnerability class breaks separation between wireless chips

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ATHENE researchers from the TU Darmstadt, cooperating with and Prof. Francesco Gringoli from the University of Brescia, Italy, have discovered vulnerabilities in chips that have not been given much attention by IT security research so far. The IT security experts were able to show that hacker attacks via Bluetooth can escalate to the point where the damage transcends the original spot of occurrence and affects other areas.

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Conference radar for cybersecurity

ATHENE launches new service for researchers in the fields of cybersecurity and data protection

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ATHENE helps researchers to plan their scientific publications more easily. For this purpose, a comprehensive overview of the most important scientific conferences on cybersecurity and privacy is available at https://www.athene-center.de/cfp, which can be filtered by event date and submission deadline. Additional filtering options allow for quickly finding suitable publication opportunities of various research topics, while taking into account the scientific reputation of each event listed.

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Counter-espionage solution for eavesdropping devices Alexa & Co.

ATHENE researchers and partners develop device that recognises unauthorised activities

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Together with partners from the U.S. and France, an ATHENE research team with members from the TU Darmstadt has developed a device that can detect Smart Home devices that stream audio recordings on the Internet without permission via language assistance.

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ATHENE director becomes advisory board member for association “AI Frankfurt Rhein-Main”

70 institutions in the Rhine Main Area have teamed up in the association “AI Frankfurt Rhein-Main”, AIF, so far. Their objectives are to set up the Rhine Main Area for the application of Artificial Intelligence and to support the citizens in their approach of the possible applications and their benefits. Now, ATHENE director Prof Michael Waidner has also been appointed member of the AIF advisory board. Among other tasks, he will be responsible for the establishment of ethical guidelines in relation to AI applications.

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Success for ATHENE researchers

Ten scientific contributions at cybersecurity conference

ATHENE members from the contributing research institutions Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt were successfully able to place no less than ten papers at the “International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security”, ARES for short. ARES highlights different aspects of security, focusing mainly on the crucial connection between availability, reliability and security.

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ATHENE researcher in the organizing team of the Computer Science in Cars Symposium

Prof. Christoph Krauß, head of the department Cyber-Physical Systems and Automotive Security at Fraunhofer SIT and Professor for Network Security at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, is one of the program co-chairs of the Science in Cars Symposium, CSCS for short.

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