Category Archives: Security

eco Association: The IT Security Trends for 2017

  • IT Security in cars
  • Crypto viruses
  • Attacks from the Internet of Things
  • CEO fraud
  • EU-US Privacy Shield

IT security in cars, crypto viruses, attacks from the Internet of Things, CEO fraud and EU-US Privacy Shield – these are the core topics for IT Security in 2017, according to eco – Association of the Internet Industry. Continue reading

What To Do About Smart Home Hacks

  • Mass deactivation of private photovoltaic systems may cause instability in the power grid
  • Hackers using IoT (Internet of Things) search engines to find potential vulnerabilities
  • eco Association recommends secure retrofitting of older Smart Home systems

The potential gateways for harmful manipulation grow with the digitalization of our entire economy. Smart Home systems, in particular, frequently only fulfill low security standards. In this way, lights in homes can be switched on, roller shutters can be opened and closed, and private solar panels can be deactivated without a great deal of effort and with tools freely available in the Internet. This was demonstrated by Marco Di Filippo in the workshop “Lights out, curtains open, stage set! Smart Home Hacking” at the Internet Security Days in Brühl, near Cologne, in September 2016. Continue reading

The Saturday Clean: You, Your Passwords and Being Watched

Grab a coffee, take your mind off current events and do a bit of light reading this Saturday morning:

You, Your Passwords and Being Watched

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


  1. Brain waves can be used to detect potentially harmful personal information 
  2. Secure passwords can be sent through your body, instead of air
  3. Typing while Skyping could compromise privacy
  4. DDoS attacks bring down heating system for two buildings in small Finnish town
  5. IoT worm can be mounted on cars, drones to take over entire smart cities
  6. China passes new cybersecurity law that grants government the power to shut down the internet at will
  7. Lauri Love: the student accused of hacking the US
  8. Social media based surveillance: “Friends, Followers, Police Officers, and Enemies: Social Surveillance in Thailand
  9. Some good news: Cyber-criminals facing justice
  10. Turning to the dark side: Employing reformed black-hat hackers


A New Alliance Against Cyber Crime- eco and the Cologne Police

SUSII is a free, non-commercial Internet security portal for the residents of Cologne and local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It informs visitors in English, German, and Kölsch, the local dialect, about how to protect themselves against cyber crime and offers “first aid” and advice for victims of cyber crime.

Three partners for more IT security in Cologne

The objective of SUSII is to make information and help available to citizens and companies for the safe use of the Internet. Two of eco’s services, and the eco Complaints Office, and the Cologne Police have joined forces to offer Cologne help in almost all cyber crime scenarios. Continue reading