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[13-09-2017]  The next CRYPTACUS event will be in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on November 16th- 18th.


[13-09-2017] The latest editions of CRYPTACUS newsletter is  available (September) for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • The recommended reading is the papers “Hacking Robots Before Skynet” by Cesar Cerrudo

  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter. More details inside!

 

[28-07-2017] The latest editions of CRYPTACUS newsletters are available (June and July) for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • The recommended readings are the papers State of the Art in Lightweight Symmetric Cryptography by Alex Biryukov and Leo Perrin and Standardisation and Certification of the ’Internet of Things’ by Eireann Leverett, Richard Clayton and Ross Anderson.

  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter. More details inside!

[15-05-2017] The latest edition of CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • This month, the recommended reading is the paper Exploring Potential 6LoWPAN Traffic Side Channels by Yan Yan, Elisabeth Oswald and Theo Tryfonas.
  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter. More details inside!

[06-04-2017] The latest edition of CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • Cryptacus is looking for a new website manager!
  • Two H2020 consortia are going to be mounted, more details inside !
  • This month, the recommended reading is the paper Wireless Sensors Grouping Proofs for Medical Care and Ambient Assisted-Living Deployment by Denis Trcek.
  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter. More details inside!

[07-03-2017] The latest edition of CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • The next CRYPTACUS Management Committee and a Workshop will happen in March 14-15th, 2017, in Sutomore, Montenegro. A call for presentations was published, and 14 presentation proposals were accepted.
  • This month, the recommended readings mostly concern the SHA1 collision.
  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter, as well as information about consortia currently building for the H2020 April deadline. More details inside!

[12-02-2017] The deadline to submit proposals for the Workshop in Sutomore (Montenegro) has been extended to February 20th, 2017 . See the Call for Presentations for more details!


[02-02-2017] The latest edition of CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • The next CRYPTACUS Management Committee and a Workshop will happen in March 14-15th, 2017, in Sutomore, Montenegro and is organised by Milena Djukanovic. A Call for Presentation and a Registration Form are available.
  • This month, the recommended readings are the papers Extended Functionality Attacks on IoT Devices: The Case of Smart Lights by Eyal Ronen and Adi Shamir available here, as well as IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction by Eyal Ronen, Colin O’Flynn, Adi Shamir and Achi-Or Weingarten and available here. More details inside!
  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter, as well as informations about consortia currently building for the H2020 April deadline. More details inside!

[24-01-2017] The Call for Presentations at the next CRYPTACUS Management Committee & Working Groups Meeting, that will happen on March 14th and 15th, 2017 in Sutomore (Montenegro), is available here.


[16-01-2017] The Registration Form for the next CRYPTACUS Management Committee & Working Groups Meeting, that will happen on March 14th and 15th, 2017 in Sutomore (Montenegro), is available here.


[04-01-2017] The latest edition of CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • Happy new year to everyone, and happy CRYPTACUS 2017!” wrote CRYPTACUS’ chair Gildas Avoine.
  • The next CRYPTACUS Management Committee & Working Groups Meeting will happen in March 14-15th, 2017, in Sutomore, Montenegro. It will be organised by Milena Djukanovic.
  • This month, the recommended readings are the paper On the (in)security of the Latest Generation Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators and How to Secure Them by Eduard Marin, Dave Singelée, Flavio D. Garcia, Tom Chothia, Rik Willems, and Bart Preneel available here, as well as the recent blog posts by Chris Brook and various Microsoft researchers.
  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter, as well as proposals for STSMs. More details inside!

[05-12-2016] The latest edition of CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • A workshop will be organized that covers the topics considered in CRYPTACUS, and will consist of talks given by researchers who are not necessarily members of the COST Action. A call for presentations will be published soon. Speakers of selected presentations will be invited to the workshop and financially fully supported by the COST Action. The location of the workshop will be announced in December 2016.
  • This month we have two items on our list of recommended readings: the first one is a paper that perhaps many of you have already read titled Differential Computation Analysis: Hiding Your White-Box Designs is Not Enough, by Joppe W. Bos, Charles Hubain, Wil Michiels and Philippe Teuwen. It was published at the last CHES conference and it has received the best paper award. You can access it and, more interestingly, a video of their presentation, at http://iacr.org/cryptodb/ data/paper.php?pubkey=27856. The second one is a blog post by Robert Graham, that explains what happened when he plugged a newly acquired smart camera into his WiFi network at home.
  • As usual, there are several open positions listed in the newsletter. More details inside!

[04-11-2016] The latest edition of the CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • CRYPTACUS’ meetings will take place at EURECOM in Sophia-Antipolis (France) on November 6th and 7th, 2016.
  • CRYPTACUS expects to organize a 2- to 3-days workshop early in 2017 and the Management Committee is currently looking for candidates to organize it. If you are interested in organizing this workshop, please contact Gildas Avoine or Bart Preneel.
  • This month we have two items on our list of recommended readings. The first one is an academic paper by Thomas Gougeon, Morgan Barbier, Patrick Lacharme, Gildas Avoine and Christophe Rosenberger. It is titled Memory Carving in Embedded Devices: Separate the Wheat from the Chaff and was published in the International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security, (edition 2016). You can download it here. The other one is an invited presentation with the quite funny title Breaking Band: Reverse Engineering and Exploiting Samsung’s baseband by Daniel Komaromy, who works at Comsecuris. More info here.
  • Open positions:
    • There are 2 open positions at Eurecom in the security domain, at assistant professor level, in the domains of system and software security and of security and privacy for cloud computing.
    • A position of Professor in Telecommunication Networks in available at Birmingham City University. Deadline: November 20th, 2016.
    • A position of Professor/Associate Professor in Computer and Information Sciences is available at Northumbria University. More information here.

[03-10-2016] The October edition of the CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • CRYPTACUS’ management committee approved in September 2016 the yearly work and budget plan.
  • The Action will organize its scientific meetings on November 6th and 7th , 2016, in Sophia-Antipolis (France). Members of the management committee will soon receive an official invitation. Any other researcher interested by the cryptanalysis of ubiquitous computing systems is welcome to participate in these meetings. The program will be available on this website soon.
  • This month we have two items on our list of recommended readings. One of them is an academic paper by Handan Kilinç and Serge Vaudenay about Efficient Public-Key Distance Bounding Protocol that will be presented at Asiacrypt 2016; the other is a series of news posts describing from different angles the recent massive DDoS attack suffered by Brian Krebs and others which apparently exploited a very large network of compromised IoT devices.
  • There are a number of interesting European calls for H2020 projects, but the one we cover this month is IoT-03-2017 which is a Research and Innovation action with a deadline of April 25th, 2017. The call draft specifically mentions security and privacy within its scope. More information here.
  • Open positions:
    • Lecturer in Computer Security. University of Birmingham. If you want to join the prestigious Birmingham research group in a full time permanent position, hurry up and apply before the 9th October. More info here.
    • Professor in Department of Computing The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in big data analytics, human-centered computing and security. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. More info here. There are other positions at the same institution at the associate and assistant professor level (See here).
    • Faculty Position in Distributed and Secure Hardware Systems. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL – School of Engineering. Permanent, Full Time Position. Deadline is 30th October 2016. More info here.

[06-09-2016] The September edition of the CRYPTACUS newsletter is available for download!

Here are a few interesting excerpts:

  • This month, we recommend to read the paper Lock It and Still Lose It – On the (In)Security of Automotive Remote Keyless Entry Systems, published in the 25th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 2016). This brilliant piece of work, by our colleague and WG4 leader Flavio Garcia (with David Oswald, Timo Kasper and Pierre Pavlides) which you can enjoy here, has been all over the news recently, being covered at news sites such as The Guardian, Daily Mail, WIRED, The Register, Business Insider, Daily Tech, Ars Technica, etc. showing once more why the work we do can potentially have an enormous societal impact.
  • There are a number of interesting European calls for H2020 projects in our (or closely related) areas in 2017:
    • DS-06-2017 has a deadline of 25 April 2017 and its topic (Cryptography) is spot on. More info here.
    • DS-07-2017 has a deadline of 24 August 2017 and the topic covered is closer to cybersecurity, in particular Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors. More details here.
    • DS-07-2017 has a deadline of 24 August 2017 and explicitly mentions Privacy Enhancing Technologies in its description. More info here.
  • Open positions:
    • Lecturer/Associate Professor at the University of Southampton. They explicitly mention Internet of Things as one of the areas of expertise they’ll be happy to appoint a candidate. Call closes on the 20th September 2016. Salaries from £36,672 to £60,081 per year. Permanent position. More info here.
    • Lectureship in the Foundation of Pervasive Data Science at Lancaster University. They mention areas such as ’Internet of Things, smart cities/spaces and pervasive computing’. It helps of you have interest or, preferably, a track record as a data scientist. Salaries from £33,574 to £46,414. Permanent position. Call closing on the 18th September 2016. More info here. The same folks at Lancaster offer an additional position as a Lecturer in Cybersecurity (closing on the 30th September 2016).
    • Research Associate or Senior Research Associate in Cryptography at Bristol. This is a rolling call with only a nominal deadline of 18th of December. They’re interested in hiring for their prestigious Cryptography group in Multi-Party Computation, the evaluation of the security of cryptographic implementations, cryptography resiliency against real world attacks, design and implementation tools, etc. Salaries from £31,656 to £40,082. More info here.