Research News / 3.12.2012

Trapping malware with honeypots +++ Measuring jet blast of aircraft +++ Robot tests parking deck

Trapping malware with honeypots

Hackers systematically scan the Internet for vulnerable systems with the help of self-spreading malware. On average, accessible systems are the target of an attack every three minutes whereby security loopholes are often exploited. In order to protect systems better, cyber experts study their opponents’ work. One possibility is the use of “Honeypots”. These are computers integrated into the Internet and are only there to record attempted attacks.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE evaluate these attacks and collect valuable information about the hackers’ current methods and the malware they use.

In the “HoneypotMe” project they have developed this approach further. For example, they redirect attacks on regular systems to an external analysis computer. As the attacking system is unaware of this forwarding, attacks on monitored systems can actively be made more difficult.

Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE
Fraunhoferstraße 20 | 53343 Wachtberg |
Contact: Jan Gassen | Phone +49 228 7354201 |
Press: Bernhard Kleß | Phone +49 228 9435-219 |


Measuring jet blast of aircraft

While aircraft are travelling across an airfield their jets produce strong airflows. Jet blasts from aircraft that are taking off can be strong enough to blow over cars. On behalf of Fraport AG researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics are measuring how powerful the jet blast of new aircrafts is. Differentiated evaluations of the airflows occurring on the ground help airport operators improve traffic planning in the areas close to the terminals.

At the core of the measuring system developed for this is an ultrasonic anemometer. The portable wind measuring system allows more flexible configuration of the aircraft positions, thereby ensuring better utilization of airport capacity.

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 2-4 | 44227 Dortmund |
Contact: Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Frye | Phone +49 69 690-56781 |
Press: Bettina von Janczewski | Phone +49 231 9743-193 |


Robot tests parking deck

The automatically driven BetoScan® scanner system inspects the concrete surfaces of parking garages, bridges and industrial floors. The comprehensive diagnosis helps architects, business owners and building companies to detect damage early and to come up with a realistic renovation plan. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP have developed these robot platforms together with partners.

The system, which is fitted with non-destructive test sensors, rapid and cost-effectively examines several hundred square meters of parking surfaces per day. One person operates the BetoScan®. The result of the examination can be supplemented with other data, plans and images. Vivid graphics provide building experts with a good basis for renovation decisions. The project has been sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology BMWi. BetoScan® will be shown from January 14 to 19 at the fair trade BAU 2013 in Munich (Hall C2, Stand 135).

Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP
Campus E3 1 | 66123 Saarbrücken |
Contact: Dr. Jochen Kurz | Phone +49 681 9302-3880 |
Press: Sabine Burbes | Phone +49 681 9302-3869 |