The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were discovered last year, but only disclosed recently to the public. Both vulnerabilities are of the same family. They fundamentally affect certain CPU designs with around 20-years’ worth of processors and certain upcoming designs cannot be classified totally secure.
The number of commuters rises to record high. According to an analysis by the Federal Institute of Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), the number of commuters in Germany has peaked at sixty percent, compared to 53 percent in 2000.
The first and so far the only time I was personally involved, (or to be more precise my son who at that time was eleven years old), in a cyber-attack by ransomware was in 2012. The computer of my son was apparently blocked by the Federal Criminal Police Office due to some illegal actions, such as sending spam mails and even worse. At least that’s what appeared on the screen in poor German. Strangely enough a fee of 100 Euros would unblock the computer. Well, I wondered how the 100 Euros would affect the illegal activities, my eleven year old boy had committed but you never know. Even though it was obvious that we didn’t get into trouble with the public authorities, my son was not amused by the fact that his computer was out of order. In fact, he must have felt exactly how the latest cyber attack has been dubbed: WannaCry.
At the end of November, the pre-Christmas season usually starts in Germany. The famous Christmas Markets, such as the Christkindle market in Nuremberg, open in every city and people celebrate the first Advent by lighting the first of four candles of the Advent wreath. Usually, the first Advent is the day when the contemplative time starts. The 27th of November, the first Advent in 2016 was for many people in Germany in a particular way very calm. Round about one million DSL routers, mainly devices from Germany’s biggest telecommunications carrier, fell victim to hacker attacks. (more…)
Surfing the Internet and mailing – this shall be quickly and simply possible on busses and trams within a main city in northwestern Germany. Passengers in busses within this city will be offered fast and free Internet access.