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C4DT-affiliated DEDIS lab helps launch a decentralized service for generating random numbers

C4DT-affiliated DEDIS lab helps launch a decentralized service for generating random numbers

On the 17th of June a new consortium consisting of EPFL, Cloudfare, Kudelski Security, Protocol Labs, and the University of Chile announced the creation of The League of Entropy, collaborative project between its founding members to produce a publicly available, verifiable, distributed randomness beacon: a service that provides unpredictable, truly unbiased and third-party verifiable random numbers at regular intervals, for anyone that may need a public source of randomness, an industry first.

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C4DT’s academic director on e-ID in “Le Temps” daily newspaper

C4DT’s academic director on e-ID in “Le Temps” daily newspaper

On the 4th of June, the Council of States debated the Swiss law on e-ID (Federal Act on Electronic Identification Services, LSIE). C4DT’s academic director Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux wrote an article on the topic for the Swiss French-language daily newspaper ‘Le Temps’, in which he favors state control of all e-ID processes with private sector engagement.

Click here to access the article on the “Le Temps” website.

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Jean-Pierre Hubaux takes on co-leadership of GA4GH Data Security Work Stream

Jean-Pierre Hubaux takes on co-leadership of GA4GH Data Security Work Stream

C4DT-affiliated Jean-Pierre Hubaux, a Full Professor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and lead of the Data Protection in Personalized Health (DPPH) initiative in Switzerland, and David Bernick, Chief Information Security Officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, take on leadership of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) Data Security Work Stream.

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EPFL computer scientists flag global hardware security vulnerability

EPFL computer scientists flag global hardware security vulnerability

Researchers in the HexHive and Parallel Systems Architecture (PARSA) laboratories of EPFL’s School of Computer and Communication Sciences, in collaboration with IBM researchers, have identified a widespread computer security vulnerability affecting laptop, desktop and server hardware.

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EPFL will host a section of the Cyber Defence Campus starting this spring

EPFL will host a section of the Cyber Defence Campus starting this spring

EPFL is committed to supporting Switzerland’s efforts in the area of cyber defence. To this end, a section of the Swiss government’s Cyber Defence Campus will be set up at EPFL this spring, when the Science and Technology division of Armasuisse opens a research unit in Innovation Park.Read the Federal Council’s press release by clicking on the link.

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C4DT’s executive director Olivier Crochat took part in the “Infrarouge” debate on RTS

C4DT’s executive director Olivier Crochat took part in the “Infrarouge” debate on RTS

C4DT’s executive director Olivier Crochat took part in the “Infrarouge” debate on the Swiss National TV channel RTS. The topic “profiles, passwords, emails: all hacked?” is largely inspired by the recent data leak named “Collection # 1-5”, which exposed nearly 2.2 billion email addresses and passwords. A quarter of Swiss parliamentarians were affected by a massive theft of computer data.

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Data leak in Switzerland: Interview with Jean-Pierre Hubaux – Radio – Play RTS

Data leak in Switzerland: Interview with Jean-Pierre Hubaux – Radio – Play RTS

In this interview Jean-Pierre Hubaux, professor at EPFL, academic director of the Center for Digital Trust, is asked about the recent data leak named “Collection # 1-5”: a collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords which is freely distributed on hacker forums and torrents. According to a RTS survey, 3.3 million Swiss electronic accounts are included.

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The daily newspaper “Le Temps” interviews the Center for Digital Trust

The daily newspaper “Le Temps” interviews the Center for Digital Trust

“Many SMEs are discovering digitalization but are not armed to deal with the threats that accompany this process.” The Swiss French-language daily newspaper “Le Temps” interviewed C4DT’s executive director, Dr. Olivier Crochat, and academic director, Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux, on the mission and ambitions of this new center, based at EPFL, which specializes in cybersecurity.

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Workshop on Security and Privacy of Wearable Devices

Workshop on Security and Privacy of Wearable Devices

A growing number of wearable devices are becoming available. By their ability to measure physical activity and physiological characteristics such as heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns, etc., they constitute a cornerstone for the quantified self and personalized health. Yet, unavoidably, they bring a number of challenges in terms of security and privacy.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, 6 December from 10:15-13:00, in room BC 410 at the EPFL.

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C4DT Holds First General Assembly

C4DT Holds First General Assembly

The founding General Assembly of C4DT was held on Friday, 2 November, in presence of the President of EPFL, Martin Vetterli, and of 50 guests. The 12 partners of the Center said they are keen to apply research to their business needs and regulatory requirements, at a time when digitalization is affecting their mission. EPFL professors then underlined the potential for improvements in digital protection and security.

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EPFL School Assembly Election Secured by DTOP Blockchain

EPFL School Assembly Election Secured by DTOP Blockchain

C4DT’s blockchain-based e-voting technology just passed its first real test “with flying colors” during the elections of EPFL’s school assembly. The innovative DTOP technology called “cothority” demonstrated that it could be trusted by the technologically demanding EPFL community.

Developed by Professor Ford’s DEDIS team, cothority enabled the certification of the election by distinct nodes, operated independently by different school bodies.

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