The Feature Stories are short, understandable and interesting features on various research topics in CYSEC and the Collaborative Research Center CROSSING.

Currently, most feature stories are only available in German.
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Race against the big code breaker

Quantum computers may be able to crack the encryptions common in the network in ten years – even retroactively. The Darmstadt cryptographer Dr. Juliane Krämer counters with mathematics.

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Computer science for peace

He is conducting research and teaches on the interface between computer science and peace and conflict research. Professor Christian Reuter explains in the following interview how IT can be used during war and to bring about peace.

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A better poker face for computers

Spectacular security loopholes discovered in modern processors are setting new challenges for scientists: Computer Science Professor Heiko Mantel and his team are studying the danger of difficult to detect attacks via so-called side channels and possible countermeasures.

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The secret language of the internet

What happens when we access a website? In the Software Lab of the Technical University of Darmstadt, researchers are looking for errors in the programs running unnoticed in the background. Their aim is to make the internet more secure and reliable.

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Eavesdropping prohibited

Sometimes, when two people or software applications are communicating via the Internet, a third party is listening. Cryptographic protocols could prevent this situation, but software developers often find it difficult to correctly integrate them into applications. This is the reason why researchers at the TU Darmstadt want to automate encryption.

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Angriff auf die Bordelektronik (only available in German)

Wissenschaftler im Sonderforschungsbereich »CROSSING« arbeiten daran, moderne Autos mit ihrer umfangreichen elektronischen Ausstattung vor Hackerangriffen zu schützen.

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Genetic material on offer

The more we know about our genome data, the better our doctors will be able to treat us in the future. But how can we make use of this sensitive data, without allowing it to be misused? The IT specialists around Stefan Katzenbeisser and Kay Hamacher from the Technische Universität Darmstadt want to encrypt genome data so skilfully that it is still possible to carry out mathematical analyses.

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Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser (only available in German)

Wer im Internet seine Kreditkarteninformationen oder andere sensible Daten eingibt, sollte vorher immer einen Blick auf die Adresszeile seines Browsers werfen: Signalisiert dort ein grünes Schloss, dass die Verbindung gesichert ist und der Server sich mit einem Zertifikat ausgewiesen hat?

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Eavesdrop resistant into the future

The TLS 1.3 protocol will provide the Internet with a new standard for encrypted com-munications. Led by Professor Marc Fischlin, a team of researchers at the TU Darmstadt collaborated in the analysis of the protocol and tested its cryptographic processes. These are more efficient and less error prone, but are they future proof?

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Werkzeugkasten für IT-Sicherheit (only available in German)

Schon bald können Maschinen per Download mit neuen Datensätzen aus dem Technologiedatenmarktplatz versorgt werden – einer Art App-Store für die Industrie 4.0. Um diese neuen Entwicklungen vor Cyberangriffen oder Spionage zu schützen, forschen Wissenschaftler der TU Darmstadt im Nationalen Referenzprojekt IUNO gemeinsam mit 20 Partnern aus Industrie und Forschung.

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Computational Biology (only available in German)

Physiker, Biologe, Informatiker, Big-Data-Spezialist – hinter all diesen Begriffen steckt Professor Kay Hamacher. Sein Spezialgebiet ist die mathematische und computerbasierte Biophysik (englisch Computational Biology), oder wie er es beschreibt: „Wir verbessern das Signal-Rausch-Verhältnis“.

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Blockchains in real-time

Blockchains promise widescale open Internet applications that are organised decentrally. This comes at the price of slow performance for every transaction processed by the system. Cryptography researchers around Professor Sebastian Faust have achieved global awareness with their approach to facilitating real-time transactions using blockchains such as Ethereum.

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