13 Apr SyScan 2014 Michael
10 Mar RootedCON V Vicente Diaz
03 Mar CODE BLUE in Tokyo Michael
08 Nov CTF WMD: WAR OF THE WORLD in HITB2013 Kuala Lumpur Suguru
23 Oct Hack In The Box 2013 KUL Michael
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In the first week of April 2014 we were at “The Symposium on Security for Asia Network" (SyScan), a “geeky” single-track conference located in Singapore.
I liked the friendly atmosphere from the very first slides of the event (as is seen above).
The program covered hardware and software attacks like “Car Hacking”, “Defeating SecureBoot”, “Point-of-Sale”-hacks (“Flappy Bird” injected on a mobile POS device was my favorite), “RFID”-hacks, “Anti-Virus Software” flaws, “Phone hacks”, “OS-Hacks” and a “Linux Memory Forensic” case study amongst others.
All of the presentations were of quite high quality in content and most of the speakers did a nice job presenting their content.
Much beer did flow at the “BarCon” at the end of day one ...
It was five years ago when a group of computer security enthusiasts decided to gather together and organize a security conference mainly for a Spanish-speaking audience.
Last week RootedCon celebrated its fifth birthday, gathering more than 1000 attendees. It is now firmly established as the most important security event in Spain.
On February 17th (MON) - 18th (TUE), 2014 we were at an event in Tokyo called “CODE BLUE”, a new international information security conference originating from Japan.
Even though this conference was being held for the first time, no less than 400 visitors attended, with people coming from about 10 different countries.
The overall atmosphere at the event was kind and friendly and everything seemed to go smooth and swiftly.
Topics on the first day were the keynote by Jeff Moss, followed by presentations about “The Current State of Automotive Security”, “A Security Barrier Device”, “Remote linux exploits” and hard-/software related hard disk matters.
For the Japanese speakers among you there’s a more detailed review of the event here.
The HITB (Hack In The Box) SecConf2013 was held from 14-17 October 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On 14-15, they provided us with hands-on technical training about exploits, web hacking, penetration testing and building a secure web/mobile app. On 16-17, we had a conference with three tracks; Commsec village, Hackweekday and Capture The Flag Weapons of Mass Destruction: War of the World (referred to as "CTF WMD:WotW").
During 11-12 October, the "Information Security Workshop in Echigo-Yuzawa 2013" took place in the Echigo-Yuzawa, a location that is famous for its hot springs. About 300 people attended the event. Among attendees were security specialists, malware researchers, police officials, government officials and prominent professors. 15 college students also participated in the event as operational staff.
Recently we attended “Hack In The Box 2013” at the Hotel Intercontinental in Kuala Lumpur http://conference.hitb.org/hitbsecconf2013kul/. This conference has its roots in a small gathering of Malaysian security specialists back in 2002 and since then has also been held in the Netherlands, Dubai and Bahrain.
It was nicely crowded (~550 people) and more than 40 speakers from around the world shared their work on a nice variety of different topics.
We attended only the two-day conference part of the event, which also included a hands-on “HITB LABS” section, a “Capture The Flag”(CTF) battle …
and a “Lock Picking Village”, amongst other things.
The Ekoparty Security Conference 2013 was held in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 25 to 27 September, This event,the most important security conference in Latin America, is now in its ninth year and was attended by 1,500 people. The slogan of this year’s conference was “Somebody is watching”.
DEFCON21 - one of the world-largest conferences of hackers - was held in Las Vegas from 2nd-4th August. About 15,000 attendees joined the event from different countries in the world seeking a place to present their research, get the latest information, and exchange their opinions.
DEFCON21 offers not only briefings, but also a variety of other opportunities such as hands-on experience of lock picking tools, sales of event items and spy tools, as well as events like the badge contest. Among all of these, the final of CTF (Capture The Flag) is probably the most prominent one.
Last week, I attended the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University in NYC. This event brought together participants from government, the private sector and academia. The closing session was a panel featuring the directors of the CIA, FBI and NSA which drew a lot of attention.
FBI Director Robert Mueller speaking at the closing panel
Throughout the conference, there was a strong push for more cooperation internationally and between different sectors. While cooperation has come a long way, we still have a long way to go.
The topic of cyber-espionage didn't come up as much as I've been used to in recent times. Instead, there was more talk on cyber-sabotage with several presentations talking about this problem.
World’s largest Hacker conference is taking place these days in Las Vegas, just after BlackHat. Over the weekend thousands of hackers from all over the world come together to present their research, compete with each other in the various contests and enjoy playing with Hardware and Software in many ways. It’s hosted at the Rio Hotel utilising more than just the convention centre. You will spot people with DefCon-Badges in every direction you may go while being in Vegas.