SBA Research is a research center for Information Security funded partly by the national initiative for COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies. Within a network of more than 70 companies, 15 Austrian and international universities and research institutions, and many additional international research partners we jointly work on research challenges ranging from organizational to technical security to strengthen Europe’s Cybersecurity capabilities.
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Web Salon 2012

Heute (1. Februar) um 19 Uhr bietet Manuel Leithner im Rahmen des Web Salon 2012, veranstaltet von, in Form eines Webinars praktische Tips und Informationen zum Thema Sicherheit auch für Computerunvertraute an. Die Teilnahme ist frei, Anmeldung jedoch erforderlich.

Guest talk: John Tait on Semantic Search: New Developments

Semantic Search: New Developments

John Tait, Jan 31, 14:30 SBA Research

The term Semantic Search is becoming fashionable, but there are a number of problems with the term.

1) There are at least two forms of semantic search. One is based more-or-less hand programmed knowledge sources, like domain ontologies or thesauri. The other is based on emergent properties of the data being searched, using techniques like Latent Semantic Analysis or clustering. It is far from clear that the results of applying the two approaches are similar or even compatible.

2) It is often assumed that semantic search is in some sense different from surface text search: which implies that normal old-fashioned Google search (for example) is equivalent to random string search, when of course the underlying statistics depend critically on the fact that both the queries and corpora are natural language (English or German) words with underlying semantics.

3) Semantic Search depends critically on text annotation processes during indexing: but these are potentially corruptable by malefactors. How can this be prevented?

The seminar will explore these three issues, and attempt to find a better definition of the term semantic search and to identify some ways forward.

IEEE Spectrum: A Cloud you can trust

In a paper they presented at the Usenix Security Symposium in August, Martin Mulazzani and his colleagues at SBA Research [PDF], in Vienna, described several ways in which deduplication could be used to access files uploaded to Dropbox. ” (quoted verbatim from Christian Cachin et al., A Cloud you can Trust, IEEE Spectrum, Dec 2011)

BSidesVienna Public Transport Talk

At BSidesVienna 2012, Manuel Leithner gave a talk on public transport titled “Hackers on a train – Toying with transportation”, detailing equipment and possible flaws in the on-board network infrastructure and ticketing system of WESTbahn.

Book Review on Android Forensics

Manuel Leithner’s book review was just published.

Artikel zum IKT-Sicherheitsseminar

Die aktuelle Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Öffentliche Sicherheit enthält einen Artikel zum IKT-Sicherheitsseminar, wo Markus Klemen einen Vortrag zum Thema Soziale Netzwerke gehalten hat.

Stefan Katzenbeisser at 28C3

The key researcher Stefan Katzenbeisser gave a talk at 28C3 (,,,,,,

Femtech Praktika: Katharina Krombholz

Ein Praktikumsantrag im Rahmen des Femtech-Programms ( wurde angenommen. Katharina Krombholz wird im Jänner ein Praktikum und eine Diplomarbeit zum Sicherheit in Sozialen Netzwerken beginnen und bestehende Forschungsarbeiten unterstützen.

Guest lecture: Johann Steszgal on Intelligent Transportation Systems

Johann Steszgal (ETSI ITS WG5) gives a lecture on Security Issues of IPv6 Communications in Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems for students of our class Organizational Aspects of Security.

NII Joint Research Seminar

Our researchers plan future research in cooperation with NII:

  • Dr. N. Sonehara,  Information and Society Research Director at NII and Project Reader at ROIS/TRIC.
  • Dr. Y. Ichifuji, ROIS/TRIC
  • Dr. I. Echizen, Associate Professor at NII.
  • Dr. S. Wohlgemuth, Associate Professor at NII and ROIS/TRIC


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