CISPA is currently in the founding process to join the German Helmholtz Association as a new member. It is consequently undergoing significant organizational changes, which are not yet reflected on this webpage.

For further information on the above mentioned founding process, please refer to the official press release by the State Chancellery of Saarland.

Recent News on the Transformation Process


The location of the first construction phase has been agreed upon. For further information, please refer to the official press release .

19. February 2016

SR: Trojaner Locky erpresst PC-Nutzer

Saarländischer Rundfunk interviews CISPA researcher David Pfaff on the extremely infectious ransomware Locky. Pfaff explains how Locky operates and how you can protect yourself.

“Ein aggressiver Erpressungs-Trojaner verbreitet sich derzeit per Mail in rasender Geschwindigkeit. Öffnet man die angehängte Datei, werden alle Daten unwiderruflich verschlüsselt. Es sei denn, man zahlt viel Geld für eine Entschlüsselungs-Software.”

SR.de from February 19, 2016