AGH UST scientists are fighting hackers during outbreak

What is the new hacker profile in the time of COVID-19? What should we know about the use of Internet services during the pandemic? AGH UST scientists involved in one of Europe’s leading research projects on cybersecurity – ECHO – are attempting to address these as well as other topical issues.

The COVID-19 outbreak has already left its mark also on cyberspace, which is where a great part of our daily lives including work, studies, shopping and social contacts has moved to recently. The resulting circumstances have just begun to be exploited by hackers.

As a result, the ECHO Consortium has undertaken to hold a series of expert meetings aiming to discuss how the coronavirus affects cybersecurity. The outcome of the first debate has been a document profiling hackers in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, their modus operandi as well as guidelines for the general public regarding the use of internet services during the outbreak.

AGH UST is one of 30 academic and business partners – members of the ECHO Consortium. The team representing AGH UST Department of Telecommunications composed of Prof. Andrzej Dziech, mgr inż. Jan Derkacz and dr inż Marcin Niemiec is primarily involved in the development of technical solutions for the project. The scientists are working on, among other things, cryptographic methods of protecting confidential data as well as new models for risk management. The researchers are investigating technical challenges related to providing user security and data protection within computer networks throughout the period of pandemic as well as developing methods of protecting information based on the use of digital watermarks.

ECHO is a European research project developed under the Horizon 2020 Programme which focuses on multiple (technical, legal, social) aspects of cybersecurity, including in particular challenges facing intersectoral cooperation.

Detailed information on the project