Is Germany’s official COVID-19 contact tracing app more viral than the virus?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced several governments across the world to restrict civil liberties and movements. However, with new technologies such as contact tracing apps to aid in tracking and containing the spread of ...

On That Dusseldorf Hospital Ransomware Attack and the Resultant Death

Wired has a detailed story about the ransomware attack on a Dusseldorf hospital, the one that resulted in an ambulance being redirected to a more distant hospital and the patient dying. The ...
Hacker Charged in Germany for Stealing and Leaking Private Data of Public Figures and Politicians

Hacker Charged in Germany for Stealing and Leaking Private Data of Public Figures and Politicians

A 22-year old accused of publishing private data on multiple public figures in Germany, including politicians, has been charged with various computer crimes and other infractions. The hacker is accused of attacks ...

Food Delivery Website in Germany Targeted by DDoS Attackers

Malicious individuals targeted a food delivery website located in Germany with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Jitse Groen, founder and CEO of the Germany-based food delivery service Takeaway (Lieferando.de), announced on March ...
Developers Hack McDonald’s Reward System to Get Free Hamburgers

Developers Hack McDonald’s Reward System to Get Free Hamburgers

A couple of German software developers discovered an oversight in McDonalds’ promotion systems that allowed them to get as many hamburgers as they wanted, without paying anything. While software vulnerabilities or loopholes ...

Illegal Data Center Hidden in Former NATO Bunker

Interesting: German investigators said Friday they have shut down a data processing center installed in a former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities. Seven people were ...
Beware of GermanWiper – the ransomware that is not ransomware

Beware of GermanWiper – the ransomware that is not ransomware

A piece of wiper malware is making the rounds erasing people’s important files, with its authors demanding a modest ransom to restore the data. However, the ransomware campaign is a lie, and ...
Collecting Non-Facebook Data

Germany Orders Facebook to Stop Collecting Non-Facebook Data (and Why it Doesn’t Matter)

On Feb. 7, the German Bundeskartellamt (the Federal Cartel Office)—the equivalent to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division—ordered Facebook to change the way it does business, at least in Germany. The ...
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German Teen Confesses to Data Breach Affecting 1,000 Politicians, Journalists

German Teen Confesses to Data Breach Affecting 1,000 Politicians, Journalists

2019 kicked off with a major security breach in Germany that compromised the personal data of some 1,000 politicians, journalists and celebrities, including Angela Merkel, Green party leader Robert Habeck, TV personality ...