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Archive for May, 2007

Speaking at DEFCON 15

May 19, 2007

I’ve been invited to speak at DEFCON 15 this August which is being held at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. I’ll be presenting on some new research I’ve been working on involving VoIP and steganography. The presentation will be entitled “Real-time Steganography with RTP.”

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Mnemonic Password Formulas

May 17, 2007

A research paper that I recently authored entitled Mnemonic Password Formulas was published on Monday in Uninformed Journal Vol. 7. It’s essentially some research that I’ve done on the deficiencies in existing methods for memorability and manageability of passwords as well as documentation of a new method for the same that I’ve termed “Mnemonic Password Formulas”, or “MPFs”, that I have been developing for my own personal use over the past 6 years or so. If you’re a computer user and use passwords, I invite you to read this paper.

ToorCon Seattle (Beta)

May 16, 2007

ToorCon Seattle (Beta) in Seattle was a new experiment by the ToorCon folks. It was essentially an informal and free invite-only conference, total attendance numbering around 150, with a single track of speakers each having 20 minutes to speak on their current (and potentially in-progress) research. The format was very similar to the format that the AHA! meetings take, so I was right at home speaking there. The conference talks were held on a single day, during the day, in a night club called the Last Supper Club.

The badges for this conference were really unique and interesting in that they looked like chocolate bars. The badges themselves were wrapped in a paper candy-bar wrapping themed after a Wonka bar, and the conference being invite-only, some of the bars had golden tickets in them which ensured your invite to next year’s conference. I don’t know what the ratio of bars with golden tickets to bars without were, but I was lucky enough to have gotten a bar with a golden ticket.

Finally, here are my comments for the various talks that I attended:

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BlueHat v5

May 16, 2007

BlueHat v5, held at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, is Microsoft’s own little hacker conference. It’s an invite only conference, however I was able to get an invite through a colleague. Normally I wouldn’t be interested in a Microsoft-centric security conference, as the large majority of my research targets have nothing to do with Microsoft products, but I was going to be in town during BlueHat anyway due to a small vacation prior to BlueHat, and speaking at ToorCon Seattle (Beta) afterward, so I figured I might as well attend.

Being an “external” attendee (i.e., I don’t work for Microsoft), I was essentially treated as a speaker and got to hang out in the speaker lounge since apparently the only external people that really attend are generally the speakers. That was fine by me however, since mostly everyone there that I knew was speaking or was in the same situation I was in.

Finally, here are my comments for the various talks that I attended:

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TippingPoint DVLabs Website

May 3, 2007

Apparently, my employer launched the new TippingPoint DVLabs website when I wasn’t looking. Click through and check it out, it’s pretty slick. Not only do they have bios of all the team members, but each member page pulls data from all the other areas of the site like upcoming and published advisories, appearances, blog posts, etc. in an aggregated list specific to that team member. And of course, the site has yet another blog for me to write for…