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Black Hat USA 2012 Wrap Up
Hardware Backdooring is Practical Whitepaper
Hardware Backdooring is Practical Slides
What a whirlwind of a week! Black Hat was an outstanding success! It was so great to see the community again and just as sad to see everyone go home at week's end.
Black Hat would like to extend a hearty round of thanks to the hackers, researchers, journalists, governmental officials, authors, professors, and general troublemakers that made up this year's presenters. Without their massive efforts and support of the security community, Black Hat would cease to exist.
The content this year was clearly in a league of its own. There was so much great stuff it was physically impossible to see it all. Malware certainly a much discussed topic, and luckily we were able to get a two of the presenters on a webcast and present their findings for you.
First, Black Hat will look at malware's role and effect on social movements with Morgan Marquis-Boire's CuteCats.exe and the Arab Spring. Listen to this important joint venture of the EFF and Citizen Lab.
Then we take a technical deepdive with Jonathan Brossard and learn that Hardware Backdooring is Practical with a little piece of PoC software called "Rakshasa".
Google Incident Response Team
Morgan Marquis-Boire is a Security Engineer at Google on the Incident Response Team. He acts as a Technical Adviser at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and was one of the original organizers of the KiwiCON conference in New Zealand. In addition to talking about himself in the 3rd person and presenting at security conferences, he has spent time moon-lighting in such diverse fields as environmentalism and academia.
Security Research Engineer
Jonathan Brossard is a security research engineer. Born in France, he's been living in Brazil and India, before currently working in Australia. With about 15 years of practice of assembly, he is specialised in low level security, from raw sockets to cryptography and memory corruption bugs. He is currently working as CEO and security consultant at the Toucan System security company. His clients count some of the biggest Defense and Financial Institutions worldwide. Jonathan is also the co-organiser of the Hackito Ergo Sum conference (HES2011) in France.
Network Security Engineer
Daniel Ayoub is a network security engineer most recently engaged as the Manager of technical Product Marketing at Dell SonicWALL. He has been involved with implementing information security systems and methodologies to public-sector corporations and numerous small-medium sized businesses. His areas of interest include penetration testing, CSIRT, malware and network security. Daniel has a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.