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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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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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Did you miss our previous Security Report? Click here to go to the archive.

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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The September 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:

  • Ferengi in Redmond? Microsoft enters new dimension of data acquisition with Windows 10
  • Digital revolution hacks its makers – ICANN hit by third attack, ISP 1blu hacked and blackmailed
  • Car hacks, autonomous vehicles and telematics-based insurance premiums – threats to safety and privacy
  • Home, smart home – betrayed by your fridge, exposed by your mobile

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The July 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:

  • Taking cybercrime to the next level – Duqu 2.0 attack on Kaspersky has implications for Switzerland
  • Taking friendship to the next level – scope of NSA spying on German and French governments continues to widen
  • A whole lot of problems – cyberattack grounds Polish airline LOT’s aircraft
  • Detoxing – the last resort when Darknet dealings come to light?
  • Pass the password – attacks on LastPass and Apple Keychain
  • The Clipboard: interesting presentations, articles and videos

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The June 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:

  • What do tax authorities and contact sites have in common? Neither can
    protect customer data
  • Good friends listen, and so does the BND – the scandal continues
  • A new kind of government Trojan – cyber attack on German parliament’s
    secure network
  • Reset, then reload – Android smartphones keep data even after factory
    reset
  • The Clipboard: interesting presentations, articles and videos

The Security Report is available in both English and German.

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The May 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:

  • «Massive snooping attack» or successfully treading the fine line between security and freedom? On the reform of Switzerland’s intelligence services legislation
  • Barbie turns Bond girl – toy manufacturers spying on children’s bedrooms
  • Only those who get involved get hurt – latest e-banking Trojans harness social engineering
  • E-health made in Switzerland – electronic patient records
  • Fear of flying 2.0 – US authorities warn of in-flight hacking
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

»»  Download the english report.      »»  Download the german report.

Did you miss our previous Security Report? Click here to go to the archive.

 


The April 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:

  • Shades of grey, made in Germany – SAP and the NSA
  • David, Goliath and the search for a truly safe haven
  • Apple with its head in the sand? Entire anti-virus and anti-malware category of apps removed from iOS App Store
  • Bankrupts have no respect for privacy – RadioShack to auction customer data
  • Look before you leap – hackers fake profiles on dating app
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

»»  Download the english report.      »»  Download the german report.

Did you miss our previous Security Report? Click here to go to the archive.

 


The March 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:

  • Fish bites angler – Lenovo, Komodia and Superfish
  • Gemalto-gate – secret service hack goes right to the roots of mobile security
  • Carbanak – digital bank robbery on a grand scale
  • It’s not all bad news – Europol takes down Ramnit botnet
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

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Did you miss our previous Security Report? Click here to go to the archive.

 


The February 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:

  • Attacks in the wake of the attack – privacy after the horror of Paris
  • A brave new world of e-banking
  • Gone in less than 60 seconds – from car theft to automotive data hacking
  • Microsoft versus Google and vice versa – biblical short-sightedness?
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

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The January 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:

  • iBeacons: the next big thing for 2015?
  • «Locate. Track. Manipulate.»: a new level of mobile snooping
  • How to steal fingerprints with a 200-mm zoom lens
  • Drones – buzzing business, more stringent rules and fewer benefits than expected
  • The Golden Globes in the wake of the Sony hack
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

»»  Download the english report.      »»  Download the german report.

Did you miss our previous Security Report? Click here to go to the archive.

 


The December 2014 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 «Land of the Free» in sight: NSA allowed to continue gathering data, BND puts forward EUR 300 million wish list
  • Censorship culture in the UK
  • The new PR: how parties, companies and organisations manipulate web chat to propagate opinions
  • Regin and the Detekt-ives: new software finds known government Trojans – Symantec discovers a new one
  • Generali cheaper: lower premiums in exchange for personal information
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

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The November 2014 issue of our SWITCH Security Report is available!

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

The topics covered in this report are:

  • The «long tail» effect of Shellshock, Heartbleed & co.
  • Malvertising: hackers learning from advertising professionals
  • Legitimate defence of the right to protection versus opening Pandora’s box
  • Taxing the Net: a Hungarian posse gets serious
  • The Clipboard: Interesting Presentations, Articles and Videos

The Security Report is available in both english and german language.

»»  Download the english report.      »»  Download the german report.

Did you miss our previous Security Report? Click here to go to the archive.