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.
baythreat 4 - day one
The year is almost over, but the infosec community in the Bay Area shows no signs of slowing down with the fourth annual BayThreat conference happening this Friday and Saturday. I always loved smaller hacker cons for their much more personable feel and few carefully selected talks that you can see without missing a dozen others. I love BayThreat not only because it is a local event, but also due to the overall quality of the talks and organization being on par with many of the larger cons.
BayThreat 4 marks the return to the Hacker Dojo, albeit at a different location, which in my opinion is even better than the original. Below are a few writeups on the talks from the breaker track that I had a chance to attend. Read more.
crack me if you can
I had an opportunity to participate in the "Crack me if you can" password cracking competition during this year's Defcon. It was a fun and educational experience. Using a couple of video cards, decent processors as well as some research into password generation I was able to place 4th in the contest. In this post you can learn more about hardware, software and strategy used to crack about 25k passwords in two days. Read more.