Vienna – it’s the 4th time that the international IT security conference DeepSec calls the world’s elite from the sectors Network-Security and Hacking together. From the 23rd until the 26th of November 2010 the conference focuses on mobile security (for users and gadgets alike) and Next Generation Infrastructure. „After the success of DeepSec 2009 we try once again to present exciting and controversial topics. It’s our aim as a neutral platform to bring Hacker-Community, IT- and Security companies, users, government agencies and researchers together to interact and exchange experience and thoughts in workshops and talks.”, prompts René Pfeiffer – one of DeepSec’s organisers.
The call for papers is still going until the 31st of July and young security researchers can register for special support in this year’s U21 programme (U21 means under 21 years of age).
Hacking assaults on cars right out of action movies
This year’s special focus lies on all assaults on all mobile end-user devices. Virtually every mobile device represents a weak point concerning data security, no matter whether it’s a Smartphone or modern cars, their IT-systems can be manipulated. René Pfeiffer warns that solely the access to highly developed Controller Area Network (CAN) systems, as they are used in cars since 2008, opens a myriad of possibilities to assailants. In line with a study from the USA researchers succeeded to load data packages to the software and on-board computers of vehicles during driving and so managed to give commands to the internal sensor bus. Access was gained via laptop and the on-board diagnostics II (OBD-II) port, which is also used in car garages.
„If it’s possible to deactivate the brakes of a fast driving car, turn of the engine or manipulate the displays, it’s a sure sign that car manufacturers still have to invest lots of work in the security of their technologies.” What sounds like fiction made in Hollywood, could soon be a real threat. „It seems like the automobile industry repeats the inherent mistakes of system administrators of the last decades.” says security expert René Pfeiffer.
Call for Papers: Further fascinating topics for workshops and talks wanted
Exchange of ideas and educational work are indispensable
As a neutral platform DeepSec brings together Security experts from around the world to interact and profit from each others experience and ideas.
Another big aim of DeepSec conference is to clean up with the widespread prejudice that hackers are criminals. „It’s just the opposite. Many of the so-called hackers want to demonstrate and show security breaches. The only way to eliminate dangers is to get to know them, just like in every other apsect of our lives.” says René Pfeiffer.