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.View
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.View
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.View
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.View
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.View
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.View
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.View
Professor Carmela Troncoso, head of the C4DT-affiliated Security and Privacy Engineering Laboratory (SPRING), was honored by Google for her work on digital privacy and security machine learning.View
“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.View
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.View
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.View
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.View