Research Training Group 2475: Cybercrime and Forensic Computing


Information technology has caused a new form of crime to emerge: cybercrime. It is incurring an increasing cost on modern society and is arguably threatening the stability of our economic system. Traditional law enforcement approaches appear to struggle with this new development. However, with new technologies also come new forms of criminal investigation, like large-scale data analysis and police trojans for covert surveillance. The effectiveness of such methods routinely raises questions regarding their effects on the constitutional rights of affected citizens. The inherent bounds of national law complicate matters further.

This Research Training Group aims to disentangle the many open ends of this research area arising from the interaction between computer science and criminal law by bringing together established scientists from both areas. Our goal is to slowly but systematically work towards establishing new methodological standards in handling digital evidence, intepreting and developing national and international law in the years to come. At the same time, we attempt to (at least partially) remedy the lack of scientifically trained experts in this area.


The Research Training Group will commence October 1, 2019 and is funded for 4,5 years by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Multiple open positions exist.

Principal Investigators

Dr.-Ing. Christian Riess

Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling

Prof. Dr. Dominique Schröder

  • Organisation: Department Informatik (INF)
  • Abteilung: Lehrstuhl für Informatik 13 (Angewandte Kryptographie)
  • Telefonnummer: +49 (0)911 5302-96643
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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Felix Freiling

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Kett-Straub

Prof. Dr. Hans Kudlich

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Teich

Prof. Dr. Lutz Schröder

Prof. Dr. Stefan Milius

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Wildermann