Cybercrime as a Service–Our Future?

It is not really surprising that the criminals will leverage the economy of Cloud Computing for their illegal purposes. Especially activities, which consume a lot of processor power will be moved to the Cloud – like any other business. Some way back, there were discussions on how to leverage GPUs to crack passwords: Graphics Cards…

Publishing Secret or Sensitive Information

With a lot of interest I followed the media on the latest Wikileaks’ publication of sensitive documents from the US Government. At least here in Europe, there is a huge debate whether this publication is really problematic for the United States. A discussion I do not want to comment here, as I am not able…

Stuxnet talks – do we listen?

Stuxnet is a severe threat – that’s something we know for sure. But if we look at it – what do we really know? What can we learn? Let’s start from the beginning. As soon as Stuxnet hit the news, it was interesting to see, what was happening. There was a ton of speculation out…

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report – What it means for EMEA

“Unfortunately” I have been on vacation when we released the Security Intelligence Report last week. Nevertheless I would like to take the opportunity and look at it more from a EMEA perspective. One of the interesting data points we always publish is the Malware Infection Rate. Remember, there is a huge amount of data we…

A Detailed Analysis of an Attack – Do We Need an International Incident Sharing Database?

I recently came across a paper called Shadows in the Cloud, which is actually a follow-up report of Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network, an investigation of the attacks on the office of the Dalai Lama and some governmental bodies. The report is written by two bodies who had the privilege to investigate those…

Council of Europe – Octopus Conference (Cooperation against Cybercrime) Day 2

And the second day starts. I just met with Jeremy Kirk from IDG and it is great to see that the press is actually interested in such a conference as well. The day today started with a long session on different initiatives against cybercrime. A lot of good information: Interpol offers quite some good services…

Council of Europe – Octopus Conference (Cooperation against Cybercrime) Day 1

A few years ago, the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime was signed within the Council of Europe. Since then it was ratified all across the globe by a lot of countries or at least used as the base for legislation. Since a few years as well, the Council of Europe is organizing a conference on Cooperation…

Legal Challenges of International Business and the Cloud

To start with: I am an engineer not a lawyer – and this might be part of the problem… When I started to think about the Cloud and security and thought about all the work I do with Law Enforcement and the challenges they face. Additionally, I started to think about the legal challenges we…