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The November 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • IT security researchers reveal vulnerabilities in photoTAN procedure for mobile banking
  • DDoS attack via IoT botnet shuts down parts of Internet
  • Triple record: Yahoo loses half a billion customers’ details, more trust than ever and USD 1 billion from its acquisition price

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The October 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Swiss electorate votes in favour of Intelligence Service Act – making everyone a suspect?
  • Your money or your device – mobile banking Trojan Gugi tricks Android users
  • SWIFT, and it’s gone – banks lose money to hackers again following SWIFT data theft
  • It was just a question of time – botnet discovered on Internet of Things

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The September 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Bug bounties and the Cyber Grand Challenge
  • Pegasus spies on Apple devices, QuadRooter threatens Android
  • A USD 22 billion investment pays off – WhatsApp shares phone numbers with Facebook
  • Now you see them, now you don’t – another multi-million-dollar Bitcoin theft
  • DiskFiltration and Fansmitter attempt to bridge the air gap

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The July 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • DAO-ism on the ethereal plane – hacker bags cryptocurrency worth USD 50 million
  • Ransomware – smart, greedy and unkillable
  • CANVAS ready to launch – bridging cybersecurity and ethics
  • US border guards want to be your Facebook friend – and other news on anti-terror measures

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The June 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • A RUeful tale – unknown cyberattackers steal 20 gigabytes of data from RUAG
  • Twitter shuts the door on US intelligence services
  • iPhone stays locked – Touch ID demands a password after 48 hours
  • Passwords for e-banking and suchlike? You can soon forget them!

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The May 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Faster than Odysseus – e-banking Trojan Gozi attacks Switzerland via news website
  • Heartbreak remote – chip implants and the security of implanted, software-driven medical devices
  • One point three million dollar phone – FBI spends big in iPhone hacking dispute with Apple
  • It looks horrible, and it is – Jigsaw causing terror once again, this time in digital form

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The April 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Probably the most expensive typo ever foils probably the biggest attempted bank robbery ever
  • Switzerland targeted by various hacker groups? Series of DDoS attacks on Swiss websites
  • Connected cars “one of this generation’s biggest security risks”
  • Done and dusted – the new Federal Act on the Surveillance of Post and Telecommunications

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The March 2016 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Torpedoed for a fistful of dollars – university helps authorities spy on Tor users
  • Crypto Wars 3.0 – will the FBI be given a licence to snoop, or can – Apple successfully lock down the unlocking?
  • Deadly bugs in hospital – ransomware Trojan Locky shuts down entire clinics and more
  • Mission: Possible – Big Data and automated law enforcement

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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New SWITCH Security Report available

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are

  • ICSI’s Haystack looking for Android needles – and beta testers for its field study
  • Staging a comeback with a blackout – macro-Trojans return and apparently cause Christmas power cut in western Ukraine 
  • Is it really smart? Many smart home solutions have security holes as big as a garage door
  • From Mad Men to Bad Boys – malware becoming harder to monitor due to malvertising

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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New SWITCH Security Report available

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Does PrivaTegrity spell the end of crypto wars? David Chaum’s new encryption system bridges gap between completely anonymous communication and crime prevention
  • The boss is listening, and it’s OK – controlled surveillance of private communications at work does not violate human rights
  • Yesterday’s science fiction, today’s reality – forecasting software and systems to spot crimes before they are committed
  • A patchy start to the year – reports of security issues read like a who’s who of network equipment suppliers

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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Get ready for “cybercrime as a service”!

In our new SWITCH Story our security expert Serge Droz discusses cybercrime in 2015.

“Various reports and studies have shown that .ch is among the most secure top-level domains in the world. […] SWITCH wants to step up its activities to combat the misuse of domains.”

“In general, however, we can say that cybercriminals are driven by money, and they’ll keep seeking out new strategies to get their hands on it. They won’t stop taking us by surprise.”

Read the full story here!


Happy Christmas to all of you!

Dear Reader!

The SWITCH Security Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our blog will be taking a break for Christmas. We will be back in January with further exciting news and information from the world of IT security.

Thank you for your interest in our blog, we look forward to greeting you in 2016.

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New SWITCH Security Report available – Invitation to take part in a Reader Survey

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • Pavlov in Paris – how the conditioned response to terrorist attacks links the real and online worlds
  • «Added value» as standard – new devices delivered complete with malware and extra vulnerabilities
  • Silent profilers – audio beacons allow advertisers to operate extensive tracking
  • Ads, adblockers, anti-adblockers, anti-adblock killers – the arms race continues
  • The Clipboard: interesting presentations, articles and videos

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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Invitation to take part in the SWITCH Security Report Reader Survey

SWITCH is carrying out a reader survey on the Security Report, and we would be grateful if you could share your views on how we can improve it. Your help will allow us to enhance the Security Report, and tailor it better to your needs.

It goes without saying we will handle your responses in the strictest of confidence and with due discretion. With this in mind, all of the information you provide will be analysed in completely anonymised form.

Please complete the questionnaire by Friday, 18 December 2015 at the latest. It will take you roughly 8-10 minutes.

You can take the survey at one of the following links:

German: http://swit.ch/befragung-secrep

English: http://swit.ch/survey-secrep

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about completing the survey!

Many thanks for taking part and helping us.


The November 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • No safe harbour in the Land of the Free – EU Court of Justice restricts data transfer to US
  • A different kind of virus – medical equipment hackable online on a grand scale
  • Viruses, scanned – free anti-virus programs almost as good as those you pay for
  • Let’s hear it, buddy! ETH Zurich research team simplifies two-factor authentication with sound recognition
  • Situation critical – researchers find vulnerabilities in 87% of all Android devices

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The October 2015 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

Dear Reader!

A new issue of our monthly SWITCH Security Report has just been released.

The topics covered in this report are:

  • XcodeGhost and Stagefright hit industry heavyweights Apple and Google and pose questions
  • BÜPF, NDG and government Trojans – debate on sense, senselessness, costs and risks of state surveillance enters next round
  • Privacy B2B – growing number of attacks on SMEs and critical infrastructure
  • Fingerprints of at least 5.6 million US federal employees stolen – who cares?
  • DIY 007 – Deep Sweep project spies on satellite communications

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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