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VeraCrypt with minor flaws

Fraunhofer SIT press relase (German):
In der kostenlosen Open-Source-Verschlüsselungssoftware VeraCrypt wurden keine gravierenden Sicher­heits­lücken gefunden, allerdings gibt es Verbesserungsbedarf bei der Entwicklungspraxis und der Codequalität. Das ist das Ergebnis einer Sicherheitsanalyse der Expertinnen und Experten des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Sichere Informations­technologie SIT in Darmstadt, die im Auftrag des Bundesamts für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik BSI durchgeführt wurde. Die vollständigen Ergebnisse der Analyse sind in einer Studie zusammengefasst, die von der Webseite des BSI heruntergeladen werden kann: https://www.bsi.bund.de/DE/Publikationen/Studien/VeraCrypt/veracrypt.html

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ATHENE-Prize 2020: ATHENE researcher receives honorary prize for interdisciplinary teachings

Every year, the Carlo and Karin Giersch-Stiftung at the TU Darmstadt awards the “Athene-Preis für gute Lehre” worth 46.000 euros. With this prize, the TU Darmstadt recognises outstanding best-practice-models in the area of teaching. This year’s special prize for interdisciplinary teachings goes to ATHENE researcher Prof. Christian Reuter.

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ATHENE researcher receives IANUS Prize 2020

Seven excellent submissions from seven different departments at the TU Darmstadt reached the final round for the IANUS Prize 2020 – a prize the TU Darmstadt awards for outstanding qualifying work in any department at the university. Two applicants were awarded first place. The first prize, doted with 500 euros, was awarded to ATHENE researcher Dr. Marc-André Kaufhold, M.Sc., for his dissertation “Information Refinement Technologies for Crisis Informatics: User Expectations and Design Implications for Social Media and Mobile Apps in Crisis”.

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In the media: ATHENE researcher talks crisis-proof infrastructures

How crisis-proof are our digital infrastructures? The Hessischer Rundfunk programme “alles wissen” investigates this question. Prof. Matthias Hollick, head of the project EmergenCITY at the TU Darmstadt, says, “I don’t think that there are many catastrophes waiting to happen. On the other hand, we are indeed endangered by catastrophes at any time.” He continues that especially the Covid-19 crisis shows how crises can emerge out of nowhere and require learning proper handling amidst such a crisis.

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ATHENE researcher confirmed for FONAS board until 2022

ATHENE researcher Thea Riebe has been confirmed as board member for FONAS in this year’s general meeting on 14 September 2020, for two more years until 2022. In 2018, Riebe was voted into the board of FONAS for the first time.

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CAST-Förderpreis IT-Sicherheit 2020 goes to ATHENE researcher

Daniel Günther from the TU Darmstadt won the first prize of the CAST-Förderpreis IT-Sicherheit in the category "Best Master Thesis" for his master thesis "Optimizing Private Information Retrieval for Compromised Credential Checking". He prevailed among the four finalists who presented their work to a jury of representatives from industry and research.

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New passport law to prevent manipulation through "morphing"

The law on strengthening security in the passport, identity card and foreigners' documents sector, which was approved by the Federal Council a few days ago, is intended to prevent manipulation of passport applications and prevent unauthorised border crossings. With this, the legislator wants to put a stop to so-called "morphing", a technique in which digital technology is used to merge photos of two people into one image. ATHENE researcher Prof. Christoph Busch from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences contributed his expertise to the draft law.

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Nationaler Pakt Cyber­sicher­heit: Online Compendium Cyber­security in Germany

Prof. Mira Mezini, together with Prof. Dr. Günter Krings, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs, Claudia Nemat, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom, and Klaus Müller, Board Member of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv), presented today the online compendium Cyber Security in Germany to the public.

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AI helps to identify illegal cultural goods

Fraunhofer SIT press release (German):
Eine zentrale Herausforderung bei der Bekämpfung des illegalen Handels mit gestohlenen Kulturgütern besteht darin, dass illegal gehandelte Objekte nur schwer zu erkennen sind. Das von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien geförderte Projekt KIKu – KI für den Kulturgutschutz – hat zum Ziel, die Arbeit der zuständigen Akteure, insbesondere von Zoll und Polizei, zu erleichtern: Hierzu entwickelt das Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informations­technologie SIT gemeinsam mit der cosee GmbH eine App, die mit Hilfe von Künstlicher Intelligenz automatisiert Hinweise geben kann, ob beispielsweise eine antike Vase oder eine Statue aus einer Raubgrabung stammen könnte oder anders illegal erworben wurde. Das Projekt wurde gestern zahlreichen relevanten Akteuren auf dem Gebiet des Kulturgutschutzes aus Deutschland und der EU vorgestellt, die auf Einladung von Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters zum 7. EU CULTNET-Treffen im Rahmen der deutschen EU-Ratspräsidentschaft zusammengekommen sind.

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Data protection-friendly big-data analyses

The analysis of large amounts of data enables numerous improvements - in the fight against climate change as well as in medicine. At the same time, today's big-data analysis possibilities create entirely new risks for people's privacy. If data from different sources is combined in the analysis, it is often possible to combine supposedly anonymous data to create personal profiles, with sometimes unforeseeable consequences for the people concerned. A new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT therefore shows how big-data technologies can be used without harming the privacy of individuals. The study is aimed at users and developers of big data systems and is available for free download at https://www.sit.fraunhofer.de/reports/

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