Weaknesses in the vulnerability analysis?

The working group set up to identify potential threats to the "Critical infrastructures" Working group convened presents initial results

The data floods on commercial websites at the beginning of February also set alarm bells ringing in the Federal Ministry of the Interior: Last week, Minister Otto Schily put a stop to the alleged "Hacker attacks on the Internet", as it misleadingly states in a press release, a task force (Schily’s Cyberwar) a. The working group, which is composed of members of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), will jointly assess the threats to Germany and whether countermeasures are necessary.

However, a similar mandate has already been given to the working group coordinated by the BSI "Critical infrastructures" (Kritis), which has been searching for open flanks of networking across departments since 1997, mainly in the area of federal administration and ministries. The first fruits of more than two years of research were presented by Joachim Weber of the BSI at the Fundamental Rights Conference in Berlin (What fundamental rights remain for networked people?)?).

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Mcluhan, media age magician

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (21. July 1911 – 31. Dec. 1980) goods have become 90 years old today. What was from his slogans?

Even who has nothing of McLuhan Weib, has been at least one of his saying. He marks a relative misunderstanding that has been successful nonetheless. But McLuhan was despite all the treatment through European intellectuals (H.M. Enzensberger once called him the converter of one "reactionar health teaching") No blind propagandist of the new media, but a penifler explorer of the cultural transition.

Central for McLuhan was the thesis that the media developments of the Western culture does not necessarily follow a logic of decay: the decline of the previously-educated book culture can also mean an launch of new senses, instead of the literal alitate is a new oralitat (RockMusik etc). The font and prere culture sacrificed whole worlds of meaning and perception content, as it is called, whose potential prere of the candidate is due to the new media.

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Cream on a mountain bloden stuff

Digitization makes filmmaking cheaper for amateurs, the Internet gives them an audience, and even Oscar nominations come out of it

"405" is more of a manifesto than a film: almost three million people have seen it, but neither in the cinema nor on television. You can see the emergency landing of a jumbo jet on the Los Angeles Highway 405. A single motorist has overheard the warnings on the radio and is happy about the empty road – until he looks in the rearview mirror. An action scene a la "Speed" begins. The production of the three-minute spectacle cost nothing, but weekends and nights of the two creators, a lot of computer time and 300 dollars. Of course, the film can be seen for free – on the internet.

A negation of all the principles of filmmaking: no crew, hardly any money, no production company and no distributor. Jeremy Hunt and Bruce Branit did all this themselves. Although they emphasize that their principle can only be applied to a limited extent to longer and non-computer-animated productions, it is generally true today: "Technology makes the professionalism of films a matter of time and talent rather than budget."

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Drone mishap turns bizarre

U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman says all of its Hawk drones had anti-collision systems, but the Euro Hawk’s had been tested for "express desire" of the client none has been installed

Allegedly, the German Armed Forces’ Euro Hawk project had to be "Reibleine" are being pulled out because drones made by U.S. aerospace company Northrop Grumman have been denied access to civilian airspace due to a lack of an anti-collision system. The situation with the European Global Hawk project could be similar, it is amed, which would drive the costs even higher.

A Global Hawk. Image: USAF

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Walls and deterrence do not solve the refugee problem

In Calais, a security gate stood wide open despite millions invested in fencing and surveillance technology

As is well known, Great Britain does not want to take in any refugees as far as possible. Hundreds of those in Calais try to somehow get through the Eurotunnel to the UK by train or in trucks. Not only in the Mediterranean, but also here, refugees die again and again trying to get to the Promised Land, which is anything but happy.

The British government has agreed with the French government to increase the number of border police, and millions more are to be invested in security fences with surveillance systems to secure Great Britain as a fortress against migrants already in France (Eurotunnel refugee defense: a fence should help). In Great Britain, elections are coming up, and the unwanted refugees are one of the main topics with which the parties want to distinguish themselves. Linked to this is the question of whether Great Britain should remain in the EU. The Eurotunnel is directly connected with this, after all it connects the island with the European mainland.

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When the fubball is bugged

"Active RFID"Now the tags are sparking back

Whether supermarket labels or travel passports: not only cows are now marked with RFID. The technology has long since moved beyond the purely passive chip, which lives only from the interspersed radio energy: advanced radio transponders are equipped with their own battery or even rechargeable batteries.

When you think of soccer and RFID, the first thing that comes to mind are the tickets for the Soccer World Cup that are tagged with identification chips. But it’s not just the tickets that are "bugged", The ball is also: In order to determine beyond doubt whether the round ball has really landed in the square or just rolled over the sideline, the soccer balls are to contain their own transponders – and so are the players.

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Geniuses under 35

Technology Review ranks the 100 best in the world

From college-age wunderkinds to seasoned entrepreneurs: The science magazine Technology Review, presents with the TR100 one hundred innovators whose ideas are announced to change the world.

The jury is made up of company CEOs and scientists, including a Nobel Prize winner (medicine). Nominees are geniuses under 35 from the fields of information technology, biotechnology, medicine, nanotechnology and nanostructure materials, energy and transportation. This year, a special discipline was added: Transforming industries and creating new ones. The judges say they focused on the impact technology can have on the traditional economy, and the "moribund" New Economy largely ignored.

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Crossroads of information

Crossroads of information

Image: Christoph Scholz/CC BY-2.0

Total surveillance or anarchy?

I would like to make a few critical comments on an article by Philip Breton, a researcher working at the French Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), which appeared in one of the last ies of the popular science monthly SCIENCE ET VIE under the title "The communication between good and bad" was published.

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Biohackers between spab and commerce

Biohacker between spab and commerce

Picture: B. Schroder

In the labyrinth of hopping – wandering through a biotope – part 1

The growing number of biohacks that can be found on the Internet is primarily a consequence of the progressive development of a technology whose increasing availability also creates new opportunities for activists. While observers compare the current state of the scene in terms of available electronics and equipment to that of professional laboratories in the mid-1990s, an assessment of the potential performance of molecular biology work is less directly possible.

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Switchable thermal insulation

switchable thermal insulation

Plus energy wall. Graphic: I[n]solation UG

A Bielefeld company has developed a technology that combines insulation and solar energy use

The insulation of houses is a promising method to save energy, but often leads to problems with the current state of standard technology (cf. Slowly dam the dammer). However, there are also companies that do not stop at the production of polystyrene boards, but develop dam technology further and "intelligent" want to make. One of these companies is the Bielefeld-based I[n]solation UG.

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