Analysis of foreign influence and cyber incidents during the Latvian municipal elections 2021

21st Jul 2021
Disclamer: This analysis was conducted by one of Sub-case owners ( that recently joined the SPARTA T-SHARK Program. The aim of the “Analysis of foreign influence and cyber incidents during the Latvian municipal elections 2021” was to demonstrate how the incidents collected from the different data sources (Information and cyber environment) can be linked and analysed together and how the decision makers can benefit from the full spectrum of cybersecurity awareness.

In the beginni...
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Making Cybersecurity more Responsible

16th Jul 2021
Cybersecurity has become more and more critical for the functioning of our society. Cybersecurity measures, however, may come at the expense of other interests and values. This is problematic since those who decide on security measures in politics, industry and law enforcement don’t have the same interests and priorities as those who are finally affected by them, namely citizens and companies. Researchers and engineers implementing cyber security measures may have their ideas and priorities. ...
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SPARTA organized Summer School on the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy

12th Jul 2021
SPARTA and CyberSec4Europe are involved in the organisation of the 16th Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management, which will take place in August 2021. This Summer School is a joint effort together with IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing and its working groups on Social Accountability and Cybersecurity. 

The topic of the Summer School is “It’s complicated: Exploring the complex relationship between cybersecurity, privacy, and other liberties”. These relatio...
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More efficient information gathering from DNS servers

7th Jul 2021
author: Ladislav Lhotka

translation: Petra Raszková

Since the end of January 2021, all authoritative DNS servers operated by CZ.NIC association collect information about DNS transactions (queries and responses) using the new standard format Compacted-DNS (C-DNS).

Its specification is incorporated in RFC 8618. For the process of data gathering is used DNS Probe software developed in CZ.NIC labs in cooperation with FIT VUT in Brno. This completed approximately a half-year phase of transition...
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SPARTA Data Sharing Infrastructure

24th Jun 2021
Data sharing is one of the key aspects of building a comprehensive cybersecurity concept within the T-SHARK programme. Shared cyber incident-related data, extracted using different technological tools; structured contextual information from different sources makes it possible to connect separate events, better understand targets and build situation awareness in the whole ecosystem. 

The specially developed SPARTA Data Sharing infrastructure consists of the integration of two main existing sh...
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ROUNDATABLE: “From education, going through the R&D&i, towards the Intelligent Company”

17th Jun 2021
Last week the “VI National Cybersecurity Research Days” conference ( was held in Spain, in which Ana Ayerbe from TECNALIA presented SPARTA in a roundtable organised by the Spanish Chapter of the Women4Cyber initiative.

The roundtable covered the different issues related to the cybersecurity supply chain, starting with the education needs to cover the talent gap, going through the different efforts in the Research and Development area, to finalise with the techno...
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Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria & SPARTA Cybersecurity Curricula Designer

7th Jun 2021
Today we are happy to share with you that, within the context of the Go Cyber with SPARTA campaign, promoted by WP12 – Dissemination and Communication – and leveraged by WP9 – Cybersecurity Training and Awareness, SPARTA has delivered a workshop on how to successfully design and implement a bachelor study program on cybersecurity to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).

The first session of the workshop started off with a brief presentation of the SPARTA project, the *Go Cybe...
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pz → Python instead of Bash

7th May 2021
author: Edvard Rejthar

translation: Petra Raszková


I would like to present you the pz utility as pythonize, intended for a command line user with knowledge of Python. Current Linux distributions have many efficient tools for input processing at their disposal. But have you ever wished that you could use Python syntax instead?

Do you often browse through the manual, and trying to find out how do those switches for formatting behave? Do you find the Bash source code difficult to read? The...
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A First Look at Android Applications in Google Play related to Covid-19

29th Apr 2021
The APKcovid work aims at evaluating the security and efficiency of covid tracing applications, to ensure that these applications limit themselves to the purpose of contact tracing and do not intrude into user privacy by accessing unnecessary information available in the smartphone.

Paper available at:

To appear in Springer Empirical Software Engineering, 2021

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VACSINE - Security remediation at the Edge

25th Apr 2021
Vacsine provides a lightweight security orchestration, automation and response tool to deploy on the fly security policies to respond to changing operating conditions and active threats.

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