Spam Nation is a non-fiction book written by Brian Krebs, a well known journalist and the author of the KrebsOnSecurity.com blog. The book's primary focus is on the cybercrime coming from the post-Soviet states, especially related to spam. The main story line revolves around Pavel Vrublevsky and Igor Gusev, two partners in crime who, like in a classic gangster flick, become enemies and start an all out war of attrition - “Pharma Wars”. Bribing politicians, hiring FSB agents, hacking and leaking each other's databases anything goes in this personal fight. Along the way you will learn about the inner workings of the massive spam operations and the political, criminal, financial, and social forces that drive them. Read more.
exodus - vuln-dev - master class
A few weeks ago I had a great pleasure of studying at a week-long training taught by Exodus Intelligence. The Vulnerability Development - Master Class was taught by Aaron Portnoy, Zef Cekaj, and Peter Vreugdenhil. The class had an excellent presentation of two complementary yet unique subjects of vulnerability discovery and exploit development primarily under Windows environment. The instructors are truly masters of their field which was reflected in the great quality and depth of the material.
While it is still fresh in my mind, I would like to share with you some of the notes on the covered subjects, the recommended prerequisites, and tips on how to get the most out of this very intensive training. Read more.
isec open forum bay area
It feels like the infosec community in the Bay Area is just getting warmed up toward the end of the year with another quarterly iSec Open Forum. As a small and local security event, it usually hosts novel security topics from local security professionals that may not appear in more mainstream events. After getting to the talks area at the end of a long hall with folks from Dropbox zooming by on their skateboards and razorblades, I found an infosec crowd of about a hundred or so people ready to learn and connect.
Below are my notes from the event: Read more.
baythreat 4 - day two
After a great day of hanging out with old and new friends all while getting inspired to start breaking/researching anything ranging from 50 year old behemoths to Internet enabled light bulbs, I raced down peninsula to the epicenter of Bay Area's security community at Hacker Dojo. Baythreat Day Two has begun.
In a terrible miscalculation of a sleeping schedule I have regretfully missed several morning talks; however, below are the writeups of another series of excellent presentations from the breaker track for the remainder of the day. Read more.
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