IT Security: From Stuxnet to Your Smartphone

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by Michael Liebig

In my last column, I have already pointed out that IT security was an exciting topic at the Feb. 3-5 Munich Security Conference (MSC). This pertains particularly to the remarks by Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs, a leading international company specializing in IT security, and the Gen. Michael Hayden, former head

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Large-Scale IT Sabotage: Fiction or a Real Threat?

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Lessons to be Learned from “LÜKEX 2011”

by Michael Liebig

For most people in Germany and certainly outside of Germany, the word „LÜKEX“ makes no sense. The weird word is an acronym designating a national command post exercise dealing with „disaster situations“. Every second year, the crisis management for different disaster scenarios is being

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“Cyberwar” & Cybersecurity

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On June 16, 2011, the Cyber-Abwehrzentrum – its official English designation is “National Cyber Response Center” – was officially inaugurated in Germany. In the media coverage on the occasion the term “cyberwar” played a prominent role. Indeed, “cyberwar” has become a media catchword – like “star wars” (aka SDI) in the 1980s or “war on terror” after Sept. 11, 2001. However, we should have learned that security – including security in cyberspace – is not exclusively, not even primarily a military matter.

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Zwischen Hype und Ignoranz – Stuxnet und Cyberwar; ein Kommentar

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Der Artikel in der FAZ am 22.7.2010 über den Computerwurm Stuxnet war ein echter Paukenschlag. Zuerst war gar keine Reaktion auf diesen Artikel zu verzeichnen – das donnernde Schweigen – und inzwischen gibt es ein ganzes Bündel an Folgeartikeln und anderen Medienberichten. Hat hier wirklich ein Staat einen hochprofessionellen Computerwurm entworfen und hier einen echten Angriff über das Netz auf einen anderen Staat ausgeübt? Um diese und verwandte Fragen angehen zu können muss man ein wenig ausholen.

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