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Post by ATHENE researchers on the APNIC blog: DNS-over-TCP is considered vulnerable

In their latest post on the APNIC blog, ATHENE-researchers discuss recent recommendations to use TCP instead of UDP for sending DNS packets. In order to be able to traverse a network more easily, large packets are often divided into smaller packets by means of so-called IP fragmentation. TCP with Path MTU Discovery (PMTUD) was recently proposed as an alternative to this IP fragmentation. In this context, the recommendation was made to use TCP instead of UDP for sending DNS packets. This is based on the assumption that TCP is resistant to IP fragmentation attacks.

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Elisa Bertino becomes new member of the ATHENE Advisory Board

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA, will join the ATHENE Advisory Board. Together with other inter­nationally recognized and highly qualified cybersecurity experts from business, industry and research, she will advise ATHENE on its scientific and research strategy direction.

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Successful submissions on top conference ACM CCS 2021

Researchers from Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt involved in ATHENE placed 6 papers and 3 posters at the prestigious ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2021. The A* ranked ACM CCS is the flagship annual conference of the Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The conference brings together information security researchers, practitioners, developers, and users from all over the world to explore cutting-edge ideas and results.

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Best Research Paper Award for ATHENE researchers

The paper "Analyzing and Securing SOME/IP Automotive Services with Formal and Practical Methods", written by ATHENE researchers Timm Lauser, Dustin Kern and Prof. Christoph Krauß, all of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and Daniel Zelle, Fraunhofer SIT, was awarded with the Best Research Paper Award at the "International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security", ARES for short.

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Lecture Series "Sichere Kritische Infrastrukturen"

In the winter semester 2021/2022, the lecture series "Sichere Kritische Infrastrukturen" will be offered again at the TU Darmstadt. The series of events will focus on various critical infrastructures and their security challenges. Speakers from research institutions, companies, public authorities or operators of critical infrastructures will shed light on individual facets of the topic in their lectures. The lecture series is organized by ATHENE researchers Prof. Matthias Hollick and Prof. Christian Reuter as well as Prof. Jens Ivo Engels from TU Darmstadt.

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Effective security notifications for website operators

An interdisciplinary study by researchers from TU Darmstadt, Otto Friedrich University Bamberg and Goethe University Frankfurt shows how website operators can be most effectively informed about inadequate data protection configurations. In this way, authorities and security researchers will be able to persuade website providers to recognise and correct deficiencies as effectively as possible in the future. The research team also provides the tool "Check Google Analytics", which can be used to check the correct activation of IP anonymisation when integrating Google Analytics.
The study was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Research Training Group 2050 "Privacy and Trust for Mobile Users" and by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) as part of the ATHENE funding.

 

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Tracking down lost keys or stolen bicycles made easy

While it was previously possible to track down Apple devices that were thought to have disappeared thanks to the "Find My" tracking app, it is now possible to better locate all kinds of Bluetooth devices - or important objects equipped with them, such as keys, bicycles or suitcases. A research team led by ATHENE researcher and emergenCITY coordinator Prof. Matthias Hollick at TU Darmstadt has developed and published an open-source framework for locating personal Bluetooth devices based on Apple's "Find My Network".

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Paper accepted at SIGCOMM 2021

ATHENE researchers from Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt place a paper at the A* ranked ACM SIGCOMM. The flagship conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM) focuses on applications, technologies, architectures and protocols for computer communication.

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Successful submissions on ARES 2021

Researchers from the research institutions involved in ATHENE, Fraunhofer SIT, TU Darmstadt and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, were able to place several papers at the "International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security", ARES for short. The conference highlights various aspects of security, with a special focus on the crucial link between availability, reliability and security.

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Fraunhofer study on the IT security of political parties

At the end of 2020, ATHENE launched a study on its own initiative to support the parties currently represented in the Bundestag in assessing and improving their security against cyber attacks. The project is being carried out for ATHENE by staff of the participating Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT and led by Dr. Haya Shulman, head of the department Cybersecurity Analytics and Defences at Fraunhofer SIT.

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