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Emotet & co: the fight against cybercrime

Hardly a week goes by without reports about cyber attacks in the news. These much-noticed hacks often affect companies and government institutions, but private individuals are also the targets of criminal hackers. Most of the time, it’s simply about money; cybercrime has come to be a business model. Linda Bertram is a public prosecutor at the Center for Combatting Cybercrime (ZIT). She and her team hunt down such groups and are just as internationally networked as the hackers they pursue. In this podcast, she talks to Petra Gehring and Marlene Görger about the major strike against the group behind Emotet, the “king of malware,” which succeeded in early 2021 and caused quite a stir. She explains what cybercrime is, how investigators tackle it and how individuals can protect themselves. This second episode of “Digitalgespräch” also asks what considerations the rule of law requires of investigative teams and what limits it sets for them.

Episode 2 of “Digitalgespräch”, feat. Linda Bertram of the Center for Combatting Cybercrime (ZIT) , 8. Juni 2021


Further information:
Link to an Ukrainian police video showing an operation against hackers behind Emotet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BLOmClsSpc


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Putting surveillance to measure

In 2010 the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) made clear that state surveillance must be limited in a democratic society: Authorities have to make sure that not too much surveillance is carried out when introducing new measures. Since then, the scientific community has been faced with a difficult question: how can surveillance be estimated quantitatively? Legal scholar Prof. Dr. Ralf Poscher is, among other things, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, where he has taken on this task. His conviction: it is possible to quantify the state’s surveillance activities, and we should do so – using tools and possibilities offered by digitization. The goal could be to develop a “surveillance barometer” that would allow us to keep an eye on surveillance in the future. In this first episode of “Digitalgespräch”, Ralf Poscher explains to Marlene Görger and Petra Gehring how this could be achieved, what benefits it would have, and what surprises the objective figures of surveillance hold.

The podcast is in German. At the moment there is no English version or transcript available.

Episode 1 of “Digitalgespräch”, feat. Ralf Poscher of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law , 26. Mai 2021


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Link to the expert report on surveillance scenarios relevant to the “surveillance barometer” (in German):
https://www.freiheit.org/de/ueberwachungsgesamtrechnung-wie-der-staat-buerger-ueberwacht


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Digitalgespräch – from 26 May 2021

“Digitalgespräch” is a ZEVEDI podcast for people who want to know first-hand what is happening in the field of digitality and what challenges scientists, politicians and society are facing. Each episode is dedicated to a selected aspect and topic. The hosts – Marlene Görger and Petra Gehring – invite experts who share their knowledge talking about their current fields of work, projects and perspectives, putting the spotlight on complex fields of action and thus helping to lift the fog of big buzzwords. 

The podcast is in German. At the moment there is no English version or transcript available.





Trailer: A taste of “Digitalgespräch”, 24 May 2021

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