Internet of Secured Things

In the Internet of Things (IoT) countless objects will be connected to the Internet. Such smart components also need to be “secured things”, which can be authenticated automatically and without a doubt. The consequences data theft can have on manufacturing and automatization is the subject of this interview with Markus Bartsch of TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH. Continue reading

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Five Facts on Context Aware Computing

What’s behind the smart trend 

Computer are usually known for just processing commands which have been clearly defined. Understanding something from the context – as humans do – isn’t possible – until now. This gap between machine and human understanding is beginning to close, according to eco - Association of the Internet Industry. The key technology enabling this development is called Context Aware Computing (CAC) and it aims at teaching computer systems how humans communicate. Continue reading


Startups: Berlin No Longer Europe’s VC Capital

Berlin used to be Europe’s top address for venture capitalists who wanted to invest in startups, but in the first half of 2016, Germany’s capital fell behind. While 520 million Euros were invested in Berlin startups during the first half of the year, 1.3 billion Euros went toward London-based startups, 1 billion Euros to Stockholm and 673 million Euros to Paris. In the first half of 2015, Berlin came out on top with 1.5 billion Euros. Within Germany, however, Berlin is still by far the most attractive location for investors. These figures were reported by Ernst & Young.
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The Saturday Clean: Play Safe, Use Protection

The Saturday Clean is our new fortnightly column with ten links to articles on IT Security topics, selected by the Botfrei team for your weekend reading pleasure.

Play safe, use protection

  1. Video game safety. protect your data
  2. Almost half (45%) of security professionals blame breaches on a lack of qualified personnel: Why you should hire good, skilled cybersecurity professionals
  3. Your quick visual guide to... What is Ransomware?
  4. Is file deletion the new black? Development version of the Hitler-Ransomware Discovered
  5. Ransomware and ad-clickers: Nemucod serves nasty package
  6. New DetoxCrypto Ransomware pretends to be PokemonGo or uploads a Picture of your Screen
  7. The next big thing? A year of jackware
  8. Don't, just don't use the Windows “self healing tool”
  9. Hints suggest an insider helped the NSA “Equation Group” hacking tools leak
  10. Planning on some sport over the weekend? How To Cheat Your Fitbit



IANA Stewardship Transition: An Important Milestone Has Been Reached

A decisive breakthrough has been made in the process started nearly two decades ago to put the administration of the Internet Domain Name System in private hands. The National Telecommunications & Information Administration of the United States Department of Commerce, NTIA, is now prepared to finally transfer the IANA functions to ICANN and to fully withdraw from its stewardship role.

“We informed ICANN today that based on that review and barring any significant impediment, NTIA intends to allow the IANA functions contract to expire as of October 1,” Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator explained. The ICANN community drafted a comprehensive proposal for the so-called “IANA Stewardship Transition” over a period of almost two years, with more than 32,000 emails and more than 600 meetings and telephone conferences.

Now the project to give ICANN its independence is drawing to an end. Thomas Rickert,  Director Names and Numbers at eco - Association of the Internet Industry, who was Co-Chair of the working group focusing on ICANN accountability and a key contributor to the proposal submitted to the American government, welcomed the announcement: “Since the NTIA basically gave a green light for the plans that ICANN had drawn up in June, stakeholders around the globe have been eagerly awaiting the final approval. Now it looks like we’ve made the final decisive breakthrough.”

Previous eco articles on the IANA Stwedardship Transition can be found here.