High Entropy

BSidesLondon 2018 Rookie Track Follow-Up

Posted by on June 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm

We would like to share some impressions about the BSidesLondon 2018 Rookie Track presentations. It gets hard and harder to tell which one of the talks is the best. And picking a winner is not the right approach. We do this, because we can only invite one person to DeepSec, and because the intention is […]

Big Data Analytica – What Attackers might be after

Posted by on June 8, 2018 at 8:15 am

A while ago the Cambridge Analytica issue rocked the news and the online discussions about how personal data and profiles should be used. Frankly the surprise of data being abused comes as a surprise. The terms and conditions of most online portals, services, and platforms contains lots of rights – which you give to the […]

DSGVO / GDPR / RGPD Update – We have Policies and Stuff!

Posted by on May 25, 2018 at 3:40 pm

In information security policies are like opinions – everyone has one or more. So this is why we did some updating. You can now find our privacy policy on the main DeepSec web site and on our blog. We use few third party services, because most of our infrastructure is hosted on our own systems. […]

#efail, Crypto, HTML, PDF, and other complex Topics

Posted by on May 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm

You probably have noticed the #efail hashtag that came with the claim that the crypto world of PGP/GPG and S/MIME is about to end. Apocalyptic announcements were made. The real news is due for 15 May 2018 (i.e. the publication with all the facts). There was even the advice to stop using encryption until more […]

Manufacturers integrate Blockchain into Processors to counter Spectre and Meltdown

Posted by on April 1, 2018 at 12:01 am

The Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities gathered a lot of attention in January. Processor manufacturers have rushed to fix the design of the chips and to patch products already in production. The vulnerabilities show that secure design is critical to our modern infrastructure. Computing has become ubiquitous, so has networking. The current fixes change the […]

Metrics, Measurement, and Information Security

Posted by on March 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Metric is a great word. Depending how you use it, it changes its meaning. The metric of a network path is quite different from the metric system. When it comes to measuring something, the might be an agreement. Why bother? Because we have heard of the term security metrics being used for something which should […]

The Grotesqueness of the “Federal Hack” of the German Government Network

Posted by on March 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm

[Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the web site of the FM4 radio channel of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. We have translated the text in order to make the content accessible for our English-speaking audience. We will follow-up on it with an article of our own about attribution, digital warfare, security intelligence, and […]

Meltdown & Spectre – Processors are Critical Infrastructure too

Posted by on January 6, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Information security researchers like to talk about and to analyse critical infrastructure. The power grid belongs to this kind of infrastructure, so does the Internet (or networks in general). Basically everything we use has components. Software developers rely on libraries. Usually you don’t want to solve a problem multiple times. Computer systems are built with […]

DeepSec 2017 Talk: How I Rob Banks – Freakyclown

Posted by on November 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

You are in for an adventure at DeepSec this year. We have a tour on robbing banks for you: A light-hearted trip through security failures both physical and electronic that have enabled me over the years to circumvent security of most of the worlds largest banks. Through the use of tales from the front line […]

Screening of “The Maze” at DeepSec 2017

Posted by on November 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm

We have some news for you. Everyone attending DeepSec 2017 will get a cinematic finish on the last day of the conference. We will be showing The Maze by Friedrich Moser. For all who don’t know Friedrich’s works: He is the director of A Good American which was screened at DeepSec 2015. The Maze is […]

The only responsible Encryption is End-to-End Encryption

Posted by on October 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Last week the Privacy Week 2017 took place. Seven days full of workshops and presentations about privacy. This also included some security content as well. We provided some background information about the Internet of Things, data everyone of us leaks, and the assessment of backdoors in cryptography and operating systems. It’s amazing to see for […]

DeepSec 2017 Schedule Update, Review Status, Disputes, and Trainings

Posted by on September 26, 2017 at 12:53 am

The DeepSec 2017 schedule is still preliminary. We are almost done, and we have a small update. Some of you have noticed that the schedule featured a training about mobile security. The outline as shown as in the schedule was identical to a different course from a different trainer. We received a complaint, we got […]

44CON revisited: Secure Design in Software is still a new Concept

Posted by on September 20, 2017 at 8:51 am

We have been to 44CON, and we returned with lots of ideas and scary news about the state of security in devices and applications. Given the ever spreading Internet of Things (IoT) you can see why connecting random devices via a network with no second thoughts about design, updates, or quality control is a bad […]

DeepSec 2017 Keynote: Social Science First! – Dr. Jessica Barker

Posted by on August 24, 2017 at 5:24 pm

While the schedule is still preliminary, we have already some confirmations from our speakers. We are happy to announce Dr Jessica Barker as the keynote speaker for DeepSec 2017. Information security has a lot to do with interactions. Despite AI (a.k.a. Assisted Intelligence), „smart“ assistants (a.k.a. paper clips on steroids), and a metric ton of […]

Mythbusting: Anti-Virus Research considered dangerous

Posted by on August 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

Everyone doing research in information security or doing any work in this field takes some risks. Since most of the „cyber stuff“ is black magic to others not working in this context, there are a lot of problems and severe misunderstandings. The Crypto Wars still haven’t been decided in favour of mathematics. Real people prefer […]