Tag Archives: Germany

ShutterstockForensics increasingly encompasses the analysis of potentially valuable clues and intelligence in the physical memory of an infected machine. But like anything in infosec, it’s a constant cat-and-mouse game, with attackers finding new ways to hide their tracks in memory from incident response handlers trying to get to the bottom of a breach.

A researcher has developed a new tool called Dementia that cheats forensics tools that inspect attacker’s footprints in a Windows computer’s memory. Dementia basically renders a phony image of the infected machine’s memory as a way to hide evidence of an attacker’s movements. The tool removes “specific artifacts from the memory or the image being created. While the image itself is correct — it can be analyzed — specific artifacts are not present, which can hide traces of attacker’s activities,” says Luka Milkovic, who developed the tool. Milkovic, who is a information security consultant with Croatia-based Infigo, recently demonstrated the tool at the CCC conference in Hamburg, Germany.

‘Dementia’ Wipes Out Attacker Footprints in Memory | DFI News.

ShutterstockCellphone hacking sparked the inquiry that led Lord Justice Leveson to conclude that the press “wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people” in his long-awaited report to the British government last week. But those in the public eye aren’t counting on heavier press regulation to stop future hackers. Instead, they are increasingly placing their bets on emerging smartphone technologies that foil eavesdroppers by encrypting voice and text data in real time.

One such technology hails from GSMK, based in Berlin, Germany. Its CryptoPhones are commercial smartphones that use military-grade encryption algorithms to ensure that calls, texts and voicemails – when passing between people with similar secure devices – are all but unhackable. These cost around €2000 per handset. But now a rival has entered the fray with a much cheaper approach.

Silent Circle of Washington, D.C., launched its real-time call encryption app Silent Phone for the iPhone in October, and next week it releases a version for Android. CEO Mike Janke, a former security expert with the US Navy Seals, claims demand for the service, which costs £13 per month, has taken him by surprise: “A-list Hollywood celebrities, special forces operatives, diplomats from nine nations and a clutch of Fortune 100 companies have signed up to use our service in our first 40 days,” he says.

Encryption Keeps Celebrities’ Phones Private | DFI News.

Patents: Apple wins over Motorola in 'slide-to-unlock' ruling

Apple has won a patent dispute against Motorola Mobility regarding a “slide-to-unlock” feature on smartphones.

Patent slide to unlock

Apple was granted the sliding patent in March 2010

The judgement marks Apple’s first patent victory over Motorola in any part of the world.

Patent consultant Florian Mueller said the ruling could affect patent disputes involving Android device makers worldwide.

Motorola said it planned to appeal and the judgement would have “no impact” on supply or future sales.

A spokeswoman for the Motorola said: “Today’s ruling in the patent litigation brought by Apple in Munich, Germany, concerns a software feature related to phone unlocking in select Motorola devices sold in Germany.

“Motorola has implemented a new design for the feature. Therefore, we expect no impact on current supply or future sales.”

Apple said it would not be commenting on the decision.

‘Global battle’

Motorola Mobility is in the process of being acquired by Google, and most of its handsets run on the search firm’s mobile operating system, Android.

The Android system is Apple’s closest rival in the mobile market.

Mr Mueller, a patent expert who has in the past consulted for Microsoft, described the ruling as a “very significant win for Apple against Android”.

“After Google closes the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the Apple-Motorola Mobility dispute will soon gain importance transcending that of the global battle with Samsung,” he said.

iphone slide

The disputed patent is in relation to this iPhone feature

While this decision relates solely to activity in the German market, the decision could potentially help Apple with other patent disputes in other parts of the world, Mr Mueller added.

“Apple is already asserting the slide-to-unlock patent in different jurisdictions against all three leading Android device makers and might use it against even more of them going forward.”

The patent in question – EP1964022 – relates to the process of unlocking a smartphone by simply swiping a finger from one area of the screen to another.

A second patent ruling, which covers a method of scrolling through pictures in a photo gallery on mobile device, was also due on Thursday but was postponed by the court.

BBC News – Patents: Apple wins over Motorola in ‘slide-to-unlock’ ruling.