As you might have noticed, there hasn’t been anything going on here in a while. Basically: I’ve been really busy. I’ve been live on Germany’s second most-watched news show talking about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal and gave a talk about infosec in front of a number of C-level executives of the biggest companies of Hanover and the surrounding area, including leading people from the interior ministry and Verfassungsschutz of the State of Lower Saxony.
Last Thursday, I published an investigative report I have been working on for about three months. Between Christmas and New Years, a security researcher by the name of Christopher Dreher contacted the heise online editorial offices with an unbelievable story: He had bought a GPS tracking smartwatch and had found horrendous security vulnerabilities. The devices are marketed for people to track their kids, spouses and grandparents – in itself that concept is horrible enough to me.
A video discussing the movie, and a game announcement
Having seen the new Tomb Raider movie, I was a guest on the heise show Spoiler Alert to discuss the flick with my colleagues André and Nico. It’s in German and it – obviously – includes spoilers.
Speaking of raided tombs: Square Enix this week confirmed that a third game in the reboot series is set to launch in September. They will unveil more details about the game on 27 April.
Well, my public speech at Heise went quite well. A lot of people turned up and I had quite a few questions to answer afterwards. Most people seemed really happy with it. I even got a few inquiries from companies to give talks for them in the future. All in all, I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The talk was filmed and I’m being told we’re putting up the video soon.
I'm giving a big speech tomorrow, I hope I am ready
Tomorrow, I’m giving a talk at the Heise HQ as part of the interactive exhibition Geheimnis1, which is put on by the City of Hanover. The exhibition is part of the prestigious Hannah Arendt Days, a yearly academic event that examines current political or sociological trends. It is named after the historian and political theorist Hannah Arendt. This year, it is all about secrets and how computers and the internet change what secrets mean for modern societies.