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21/02 6 pm & 22/02 9:30 am Cybersecurity for exposed locations, including stories of famous attacks

Jean-Jacques Quisquater is a cryptographer and a professor at University of Louvain (UCLouvain). He received, with Claus P. Schnorr, the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematic in 2013, and the ESORICS Outstanding Research Award 2013. He holds 17 patents in the field of smart cards. He has published more than 150 articles in journals of international conferences, in the fields of graph theory and especially cryptography. On Saturday, 1 February 2014, Flemish public news agency VRT reported that about 6 months earlier, Quisquater's personal computer had been hacked. Since the same hacking technique was used at Belgium's public/private telecom provider Belgacom "currently Proximus", VRT makes links to the NSA hacking scandal. Still according to VRT, a week before the article went out Edward Snowden warned about the NSA also targeting companies and private persons; in an interview with German television channel ARD. Belgian newspaper De Standaard mentions GCHQ and says the authorities are investigating the case. Reporters write Quisquater's computer was infected with malware after clicking a bogus invitation to join a social network—"that allowed the intruders to follow all of the professor's digital movements, including his work for international conferences on security".


22/02 14:00-18:00 Population, Poverty and Growth (02/02/20)

Andrew Fisher (Erasmus University-Rotterdam, ISS-The Hague) [more]