After spending five great years at TU Munich supported by a generous five year grant from the DFG, I will be moving to a new position at Inria in Rennes where my research and development on secure, decentralised network protocols will continue.
On August 15rd 2014, our student Nicolas Benes gave a talk on "panicd: An approach for home routers to securely erase sensitive data" defending his almost finished Bachelor's Thesis at GHM 2014 hosted at TUM. The goal of his work is to ensure that secrets (especially key material) stored on your hardware (especially in memory) remain secret even if an adversary attempts to take physical control over the device. You can now find the video below.
On July 7th 2014 Peter Schaar (Head of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection, former Bundesdatenschutzbeauftrager) gave a talk about technology, law and surveillance in German. You can find the video below.
With reference to Knock, we would like to move to the next stage towards having fully-authenticated TCP connections over the Internet. However, we need your help in order to get an estimation of how well the average home gateways are able to handle the data which is sent out by Knock. We thus provide code which performs the needed measurements for GNU/Linux, OSX, Windows and Android as well as their compiled equivalents, which can be downloaded at the end of this article.
In the upcoming Med-Hoc-Net 2014 we will present a paper describing GNUnet's CADET service (previously known as "mesh") which allows a GNUnet application to communicate securely with any peer on the network knowing only it's Peer Identity.