CAST-Förderpreis IT-Sicherheit 2020 goes to ATHENE researcher

Award for Daniel Günther

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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Digital Security

ATHENE experts discuss CYBER SECURITY 2.0 – ways toward automatisation

The hybrid conference “Digital Security”, organised by the MALEKI CORPORATE GROUP, takes place with the motto “Digital Security 2.0 – Way to Automatisation”. Representatives from science, economy and the administrative branch will discuss the consequences of the corona crisis for the security situation. ATHENE experts will participate actively as speakers and hosts. ATHENE director Prof Michael Waidner will do a guest presentation.

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ATHENE researcher delves into post-quantum-processes for future protection against quantum computers

Racing against the big code-cracker

ATHENE researcher Dr Juliane Krämer is researching the latest post-quantum-processes at the TU Darmstadt. In the latest issue of hoch3 FORSCHEN by TU Darmstadt, she talks about her intriguing research field.

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Virtual event series "Women in Cybersecurity"

Current (cybersecurity) topics | ideas | best practices from science, economy and politics

Discuss with leading scientists and entrepreneurs about cybersecurity innovations, trends and developments and network with top-class experts. In approx. 1.5-hour-long sessions, we will discuss varying topics, ranging from areas of politics to science and economy. Top-class female experts and leaders from the respective areas will share their knowledge with you and provide answers to your questions. Interactive elements such as Q&A sessions, panel discussions and virtual networking rooms break up the format and offer you an opportunity to participate actively and network.

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ATHENE researchers contribute to new BMBF project CYWARN

New strategies and technologies for the assessment and communication of the cyber-situation

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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launches its support for consortium project “Strategie- und Technologie-Entwicklung zur medienübergreifenden Erstellung eines Cyber-Lagebilds und akteurspezifischen Kommunikation von Cyber-Warnmeldungen“, CYWARN, from 1 October set to last for 3 years, with 2 million euros. ATHENE researcher Prof Christian Reuter, head of the chair for Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC), will coordinate the joint between partners in research, development and application.

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“Startups & Stories” in the European Cyber Security Month October

One activity each day of the week surrounding the topics of founding and cybersecurity

October is European Cyber Security Month, a campaign month for EU countries, coordinated by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in Germany. The subsidy program StartUpSecure | ATHENE and CYSEC, the Profile Area Cybersecurity at TU Darmstadt, want to draw attention to the topic of IT security. For every day of the week, there will be an activity based on the topic of “expansions for university research”, aiming for more innovation in cybersecurity. Especially in these days, innovative ideas for more IT security are in demand for the future of digital and mobile work.

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How WhatsApp, Signal & Co are endangering privacy

ATHENE researchers show: mobile messengers are leaking personal data via contact-tracing services. Attacks on privacy of over one billion people are possible.

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Research teams at TU Darmstadt and the University of Würzburg were able to show that popular mobile messengers are leaking personal data via contact-tracing services. These make it possible to trace down contacts from phone numbers in one’s personal address book.

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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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