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Successful submissions on CSCW 2021

Three papers authored by ATHENE researcher Prof. Christian Reuter, head of the PEASEC research group at the TU Darmstadt, and his team were accepted at the 24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). At the Core A ranked conference, researchers and practitioners exchange ideas on the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technologies to support collaborative work and life activities.

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ATHENE scientists find security vulnerabilities in Tapplock Bluetooth locks

Researchers at Fraunhofer SIT were able to pick Bluetooth locks from the US manufacturer Tapplock in seconds using simple means. All they needed was a homemade directional radio antenna made from crisp cans and two commercially available mini-computers. The manufacturer was informed about the vulnerabilities and has since fixed them in one of its models.

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Claudio Ciborra Award goes to ATHENE researcher

The paper "Algoactivist Practices in Ridesharing - A Topic Modeling & Grounded Theory Approach", written by ATHENE researcher Prof. Alexander Benlian together with Dr. Martin Adam (both TU Darmstadt) and Jennifer Jiang (Goethe University Frankfurt), was awarded the Claudio Ciborra Award (Runners up) at the European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2021. It is thus considered one of the most innovative studies presented at the conference.

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Successful submissions on MobiSys 2021

A paper written by ATHENE researchers from TU Darmstadt together with scientists from IBM Research Europe - Zurich and National University of Singaporewas has been accepted at the 19th ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys). The researchers propose FasZIP, a novel zero-interaction pairing scheme that significantly shortens pairing time and prevents advanced attacks, threatening the state of the art. To demonstrate these advantages of FastZIP, they implement and empirical evaluate it for a topical use case of pairing smart devices inside a moving car. The paper will be presented in the HCI session on July 1st.

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ATHENE researcher is Program Chair of ACM Computer Science of Cars Symposium 2021

Prof. Christoph Krauß, Head of the Department Cyber-Physical Systems and Automotive Security at Fraunhofer SIT and Professor of Network Security at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, is Program Chair of the Computer Science in Cars Symposium (CSCS) 2021. CSCS is the ACM flagship event in the field of Car IT with a focus on artificial intelligence and security for autonomous vehicles.
 

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NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization Conference enters the 3rd round

Security must also be guaranteed in the age of quantum computers. As early as 2017, the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) therefore called for the submission of suitable public-key encryption, key agreement, and digital signature processes that should also be able to withstand attacks utilizing future quantum computers.

 

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New research project from ATHENE: Disinformation and Corona (DisCo)

Disinformation and fake news are circulating around the world about the corona pandemic. Especially on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, people share news that have not been checked, so that it spreads rapidly. "We are not only fighting a pandemic, but also an info-demie," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General. Researchers at Fraunhofer SIT want to meet this challenge in the DisCo project from the ATHENE research area Secure Digital Transformation in Health Care (SeDiTraH).

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UP21@it-sa Award: Apply now

The most important award for cyber security startups from the DACH region is entering a new round. The UP21 @ it-sa offers young companies the opportunity to prove themselves in speed pitches in front of a specialist audience, experts and investors, and to convince them. You gain more visibility and support startups by networking with the cybersecurity community and potential customers, partners and investors in accelerating their business development.

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ATHENE scientists discuss the possibilities and limits of cooperative security in cyberspace

As part of the lecture series of the Evangelical Academy Loccum under the title “Cyberwarfare - Cyberpeacebuliding. On a search for a Cooperative Security Architecture in Cyberspace ”, ATHENE scientist Prof. Christian Reuter, head of the research group PEASEC - Science and Technology for Peace and Security at the TU Darmstadt, discusses  the possibilities and limits of cooperative security in cyberspace.

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Booster: New funding program for cybersecurity founders

A new accelerator program called Booster is now promoting cybersecurity startups and supporting startups in the field. The Accelerator Booster was launched by the start-up incubator StartUpSecure of the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity. Start-up projects from StartUpSecure I ATHENE as well as from the partner incubators for cybersecurity CISPA in Saarbrücken, Cube5 in Bochum and StartUpSecure KASTEL in Karlsruhe can participate in boosters.The first six start-up projects have already qualified for booster and will go through a two-month targeted training program and accompanying mentoring by experts from business and research from the beginning of May.  

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