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Decline of the Scientific Method: New (Austrian) “Trojan” Law without Technical Expertise

Published on August 3, 2017 By sanna

The Crypto Wars are still raging despite everyone relying on secure communication. Everyone means everyone. The good thing is that mathematics still works, even though some people wouldn’t want it to. The latest cryptographic review comes from Amber Rudd, the current UK Home Secretary. She said recently: “Real people often prefer ease of use and […]

Malicious Software explores new Business Models – Politics

Published on July 19, 2017 By René Pfeiffer

Malicious software has become a major component of criminal business and geopolitics. In addition it is a convenient explanation for anything one does not want to investigate. Since code always come from somewhere you have to ask yourself many more questions when it comes to infected networks and compromised hosts. What is the agenda of […]

Digital Security of the Future: Technology and Algorithms alone are no Substitute for Strategy

Published on July 14, 2017 By René Pfeiffer

Unfortunately, you can not rely on antivirus programs when it comes to the security of your own business. Antivirus programs do not read newspapers, they do not attend lectures, they don’t protect you from social engineering or know the meaning of Facebook friends or Twitter tweets. False friends, indeed. The continuous monitoring and evaluation of […]

Disinformation Warfare – Attribution makes you Wannacry

Published on May 16, 2017 By René Pfeiffer

After the Wannacry malware wreaked havoc in networks, ticket vending machines, companies, and hospitals the clean-up has begun. This also means that the blame game has started. The first round of blame was distributed between Microsoft and the alleged inspiration for the code. The stance on vulnerabilities of security researchers is quite clear. Weaknesses in […]

Wannacry, Code Red, and „Cyber“ Warfare

Published on May 14, 2017 By René Pfeiffer

Society and businesses increasingly rely on networked infrastructure. This is not news. Worms that used networks to spread to new hosts in order to infect them is also not news. Code Red did this back in 2001. There is a new worm going around. Its name is Wannacry, and it is allegedly based on published […]

DeepSec Video: Legal Responses Against Cyber Incidents

Published on February 16, 2016 By René Pfeiffer

Despite current efforts to adapt existing legal instruments to regulate hostile activities in cyber space, there is uncertainty about the legal situation of actors affected by these actions. Part of this uncertainty is due to the fact that the cyber domain is technically complex; there is a strong need for collaboration between technical and legal […]

DeepSec Video: Cyber Cyber Cyber Warfare: Mistakes from the MoDs

Published on January 28, 2016 By René Pfeiffer

The  word cyber has entered the information security circus a couple of years ago. It should have been long gone according to its creator William Gibson. Meanwhile everything has developed into something being cyber – CSI, war, politics, security, homes, cars, telephones, and more. Inventing new words helps to distract. Distraction is what Raoul Chiesa […]

DeepSec 2015 Talk: Legal Responses Against Cyber Incidents – Oscar Serrano

Published on September 19, 2015 By sanna

Like it or not, „cyber“ is here to stay. No matter what word you use, the networks have become a battlefield for various military operations. While you won’t be able to secure physical territory by keyboard (you still need boots on the ground for this), you can gain information, thwart hostile communications, and possibly sabotage […]

DeepSec 2012 Talk: A Non-Attribution-Dilemma and its Impact on legal Regulation of Cyberwar

Published on November 14, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

We asked Michael Niekamp and Florian Grunert to give an outlook on their presentation titled A Non-Attribution-Dilemma and its Impact on Legal Regulation of Cyberwar: A general challenge of cyberwar lies in the field of legal regulation under conditions of non-attribution. The optimistic view emphasizes that our international law and its underlying standards are sufficient […]

DeepSec 2012 Talk: Wargames in the Fifth Domain

Published on November 2, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

We asked Karin Kosina to illustrate her talk Wargames in the Fifth Domain: “This is a pre-9/11 moment. The attackers are plotting.” These are the words of U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addressing business executives on the dangers of cyberwar two weeks ago in New York. And just in case this did not leave […]

DeepSec 2012 Keynote: We Came In Peace – They Don’t: Hackers vs. CyberWar

Published on October 19, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

„Cyberwar“ is all the fashion these days. Everyone knows about it, everyone has capabilities, everyone has a military doctrine to deal with it. Sceptics make fun of it, politicians use it for election campaigns, security researchers wonder what’s new about it, „experts“ use it to beef up their CV, cybercrime yawns, journalists invent new words, […]

DeepSec 2012 Talk: The Interim Years of Cyberspace – Security in a Domain of Warfare

Published on October 6, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, officially that is, welcome to the fifth domain! As with space and other environments, the networked world has been discovered by various forces and groups for their advantage. The past years have shown that whatever happens in Cyberspace, doesn’t always stay in Cyberspace. It’s not always about […]

A „Cool War“ is not cool

Published on June 18, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

The term „Cyberwar“ carries a dark fascination. Most people think of it as „war lite“. You get all the benefits of a real war, but the casualties are limited to bits, bytes and maybe pixels. No one dies, only the targets get destroyed. This sounds too clean to be true. There is even an article […]

Collateral Damage in Cyberspace

Published on June 8, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

„In cyberspace, no one can hear you scream.“ System administrators know this already for a long time, as do security researchers. Everybody is talking about „cyberwar“ these days (elections are coming). No one is talking about the (digital) fallout from „cyberwar“ operations. Unless you solely rely on passive methods, there’s not much that can happen. […]

Let’s talk about War

Published on April 17, 2012 By René Pfeiffer

Extreme situations, entropy eruptions and unforeseen problems caused by complex interactions between a plethora of components are prime story material. You can use it in (science) fiction, you can use for breaking news, you can use it for scaring your children, you can use it for advertising and you can use it when talking about […]