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2nd FORWARD Workshop sum-up

Friday, June 12th, 2009

On May 4th and 5th of 2009, the FORWARD consortium organized the 2nd workshop of the project. The workshop took place in Hotel Delcloy in Côte d’Azur. The agenda focused on the progress of the FORWARD working groups (WGs) having both summary presentations of their work and focused panel discussions for each WG. The keynotes and presentations helped to spark discussions during the panel sessions that were also carried on during the scheduled breaks.

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T-Mobile hacked

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

According to The Register, hackers have hacked into T-Mobile’s computers and the hackers claim they have stolen corporate data, customer accounts and the lot. As proof, they posted some configuration files that appear to be genuine.

“We have everything, their databases, confidental documents, scripts and programs from their servers, financial documents up to 2009.”

Really quite worrying. If true, I am curious what is meant by ‘customer accounts’, Would that include ways to get to call records? Personally, I think the opportunities and increasing incentive to use mobile devices (or information about their use) for malicious activities scary.

T-Mobile is in denial: “There is no evidence customer data is compromised.”

The ICT Fair for Trust & Security Research: Aftermath

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The ICT Fair for Trust and Security Research was organized by the Olomouc Region under the Czech Presidency of the EU and in collaboration with the EC. Its goal was to give practical information on the FP7 research opportunities and foster the partcipation in the forthcoming call for proposals. The vice-president of the Olomouc Region Mr. Michael Fisher opened the Fair and presented region’s experience in the collaboration with the EC in ICT. The vice-rector of the Palacky University in Olomouc Mr. Michal Malacka talked about University’s participation in European projects on information security.

The Head of Unit “Trust & Security” in DG INFSO of the European Commission Mr. Jacques Bus presented the ICT priorities in the Seventh Framework Program. He outlined that the main goals of the objective “Trustworthy ICT” is the building of Trustworthy Network Infrastructures and Trustworthy Service Infrastructures which are the way to develop the Future Internet as a conglomerate of heterogeneous networks and systems. The infrastructures of secure and trustworthy networks have to make the Future Internet more secure, to allow for monitoring and managing the security threats, to build secure infrastructures and virtual objects. It is important to make experiments, to pay attention to the societal impact and to the interaction between the technologies and the users. Mr. Bus announced the indicative opening date of the next Call for proposals is 31st July 2009 and the submission deadline is 3rd November 2009.

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