DeepSec and DeepINTEL 2022 Schedule – Reviews almost done

René Pfeiffer/ August 15, 2022/ Conference, Training/ 0 comments

The yearly review of submissions is the hardest task of the year. Thanks a lot for your contributions. DeepSec would need to be a full week to accommodate all submitted material. Thanks a lot! We are still stuck in the final reviews, so it will take a week or two to fill all the slots. You may have noticed that the schedule on our website is already alive and kicking. There will be some more rearrangements regarding the presentation slots. The DeepINTEL schedule is available on request since DeepINTEL is a TLP:AMBER event. We have some interesting insights into current campaigns and the capabilities of selected adversaries for you. Effective defence needs well-prepared data and reconnaissance. So we highly recommend attending DeepINTEL 2022. Looking forward to see you in Vienna!

Press Release: Spy Tools must not become Standard Software

Sanna/ August 3, 2022/ Press/ 0 comments

DeepSec security conference warns of the growing market for spy tools. Information technology has gained a new acronym: Private-Sector Offensive Actor (PSOA). PSOA means something like a private-sector offensive opponent. The specific case of a PSOA has also reached Austria because of research by Microsoft®. An Austrian company is accused of being involved in digital attacks on Microsoft® customers in Europe and Central America. The case illustrates that spyware continues to be developed and used as a dangerous threat to information security. The DeepSec security conference taking place in November repeatedly warns against such technology and will deal specifically with the details of industrial espionage. Threatening security as a business model Bypassing security measures is a lucrative business model. Companies are active in this field all over the world. Some buy knowledge of security

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DeepSec and DeepINTEL Schedule is currently in Review – Preliminary Schedule will be published soon

René Pfeiffer/ August 1, 2022/ Conference/ 0 comments

Our calls for papers have official closed. We are currently in the final phase of reviewing all your submissions. Thanks for all your efforts to send us your material on time. Our goal is to publish the preliminary schedule within the next two weeks. In case you missed the deadline, we will still accept your submissions. You can use our call for papers manager to send us your proposal. We will review your contribution. We will just start with all earlier submissions first.

Translated Article: German Cyber Security Strategy without Security

Sanna/ July 27, 2022/ Stories/ 0 comments

Deutsche Cybersicherheitsstrategie ohne Sicherheit by Erich Moechel for fm4.ORF.at The new German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) is continuing the cyber course of her predecessor Horst Seehofer (CDU), which according to independent experts has been completely misguided. The professional world “is not amused”. Parallel to the finalization of the new EU directive on cyber security (NIS2), Germany’s new cyber security strategy was presented in Berlin. The European directive, which was negotiated unusually quickly, was welcomed almost unanimously by experts. The new German cyber security strategy, on the other hand, has been consistently criticized by experts since its publication. As a closer look shows, it is neither new nor a security strategy. First and foremost, new powers are being distributed to police authorities and secret services. Trojans instead of cyber security As the table of contents already

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DeepSec 2022 Training: Exploiting Race Conditions – Dawid Czagan

Sanna/ July 25, 2022/ Training/ 0 comments

A race condition attack is one of the most dangerous and underestimated attacks on modern web applications. It’s related to concurrency and multithreading. As a result of this attack an attacker, who has $1000 in his bank account, can transfer more than $1000 from his bank account. This is just one example, but it clearly shows how dangerous this attack is. In a free video Dawid Czagan (DeepSec instructor) will show you step by step how this attack works and will tell you how to prevent this attack from happening. Watch this free video and feel the taste of Dawid Czagan’s training ”Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation” (DeepSec 2022; 15-16 November; https://deepsec.net/speaker.html#WSLOT564)   Dawid Czagan (@dawidczagan) is an internationally recognized security researcher and trainer. He is listed among the

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DeepSec 2022 Training: Bypassing Content Security Policy via ajax.googleapis.com – Dawid Czagan

Sanna/ July 21, 2022/ Training/ 0 comments

Content Security Policy (CSP) is the number one defensive technology in modern web applications. Many developers add ajax.googleapis.com to CSP definitions, because they use libraries from this very popular CDN in their web applications. The problem is that it completely bypasses the CSP and obviously you don’t want that to happen. In a free video, Dawid Czagan (DeepSec instructor) will show you step by step how your CSP can be bypassed by hackers. Watch this free video and feel the taste of Dawid Czagan’s training ”Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation” (DeepSec 2022; 15-16 November; https://deepsec.net/speaker.html#WSLOT564)   Dawid Czagan (@dawidczagan) is an internationally recognized security researcher and trainer. He is listed among the top hackers at HackerOne. Dawid Czagan has found security vulnerabilities in Google, Yahoo, Mozilla, Microsoft, Twitter and other companies.

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DeepSec 2022 Training: Token Hijacking via PDF File – Dawid Czagan

Sanna/ July 20, 2022/ Training/ 0 comments

PDF files are everywhere and they can be used to hack your web application. Imagine that the attacker prepares a malicious PDF file which steals sensitive data from a user. The PDF file is uploaded to the web application, the user reads this PDF file, and finally sensitive data is exfiltrated from the user’s browser. It’s scary, isn’t it? In a free video, Dawid Czagan (your DeepSec instructor) will show you step by step how this attack works and how you can check if your web application is vulnerable to this attack. Watch this free video and feel the taste of Dawid Czagan’s training ”Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation” (DeepSec 2022; 15-16 November; https://deepsec.net/speaker.html#WSLOT564)   Dawid Czagan (@dawidczagan) is an internationally recognized security researcher and trainer. He is

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Translated Article: New EU Regulation makes securely encrypted Chats illegal

Sanna/ July 13, 2022/ Stories/ 0 comments

Neue EU-Regulierung macht sicher verschlüsselte Chats illegal by Erich Moechel for fm4.orf.at [This article has been sitting in our translation queue for a while. We have translated the content, because Erich monitors the development of the war against encryption for many decades and has always deep insights into the processes behind the scenes.] The word “encryption” is hardly mentioned directly in the Commission’s draft, which aims to make end-to-end encryption illegal in general. Series, Part 1. The EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson’s Regulation on Combating Child Abuse on the Internet, which was presented on Wednesday, caused incredulous amazement in the professional world. “This will be the most sophisticated system of mass surveillance ever set up outside of Russia or China,” prominent cryptographer Matthew Green wrote in a first reaction on Twitter. Securely encrypted chats are de

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DeepSec 2022 Training: Mobile Security Testing Guide Hands-On (Hybrid edition) – Sven Schleier

Sanna/ July 12, 2022/ Training/ 0 comments

This course teaches you how to analyse Android and iOS apps for security vulnerabilities, by going through the different phases of testing, including dynamic testing, static analysis and reverse engineering. Sven will share his experience and many small tips and tricks to attack mobile apps that he collected throughout his career and bug hunting adventures. We asked Sven a few more questions about his training. Please tell us the top 5 facts about your training. Learn a holistic and consistent method for testing the security of mobile apps A full Penetration Test against iOS apps can also be done on a non-jailbroken device! Learn how to bypass Anti-Frida security controls in a mobile app with… FRIDA! Focus on hands-on exercises during the training with vulnerable apps build by the trainer You just need to

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DeepSec, DeepINTEL, and ROOTS Call for Papers still open!

René Pfeiffer/ July 8, 2022/ Conference/ 0 comments

Did you find some interesting bugs lately? Have you broken something which wasn’t supposed to be broken? Can you hack a nation state just by using a phone call? Do you dream of writing a smartphone app in Malbolge just for fun? If the answer is yes, then you should definitely submit a presentation for DeepSec 2022! We are still looking for your contribution. Share your insights, enlighten our audience. We are also looking for talks for DeepINTEL 2022. We would like to explore the geopolitical side of information security again. Attacks on critical infrastructure, gauging capabilities of adversaries, digital operations in terms of disinformation, and strategic defence of digital infrastructure are the focus of our next security intelligence event. If you work in this field, please get in touch with us. Security research

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Press Release: Ransomware Attacks Are No Force Majeure

Sanna/ July 7, 2022/ Press/ 0 comments

DeepSec security conference reminds you of basic IT protection and secure system architecture. Malware attacks that encrypt data of victims seem to have increased recently. In fact, these ransomware attacks are only part of an evolution among the attackers. Attack software moves with the times. An important reason for the accumulation is the standstill in defense. This year’s DeepSec security conference offers exchange with experts and high-quality further training for protecting your own IT. Basic Misunderstandings Comparing the reports of incidents involving ransomware attacks, one might conclude that these are inevitable natural events. Of course, that’s not the case. If one sticks to the biological analogy of the virus, a favorable combination of prerequisites for the infestation of ransomware results. In the beginning, there is always a deception in the form of a fake

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Preliminary Schedule DeepSec 2022 – Trainings

René Pfeiffer/ June 26, 2022/ Conference, Training/ 0 comments

👨‍🎓 👩‍🎓 The „full preliminary“ schedule of DeepSec 2022 is due in mid-August. Until then, we have some training options for you. The remaining trainings will be published as soon as we have the confirmation from the trainers. The following courses have been confirmed: Hacking JavaScript Desktop apps: Master the Future of Attack Vector – The desktop is the entry to organisations and companies. Employees are connected to the resources attackers look for. The training illustrates how modern desktop applications work, how they connect to the outside world, and how you can use them to gain access to the internal networks (or the cloud platforms used by the code). Mobile Security Testing Guide Hands-On – This course tells you all you need to know about the desktop-to-go versions of applications. Mobiles devices are a

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Reminder DeepSec and DeepINTEL Call for Papers

René Pfeiffer/ June 14, 2022/ Administrivia, Call for Papers, Conference/ 0 comments

We have been radio silent for quite a while. This is not because of the lack of content or ideas. Information security has long attained mainstream status. We all rely on software and hardware all the time. Instead, we were stuck in administrative tasks. We have found a new location for the conference. In addition, we are working behind the scenes on code updates of our web page. The call for papers manager, the functions that create the schedule and render the website have aged. Speaking of the call for papers, it is still open! We are looking for presentations about the current state of security. If you found a bug or a design flaw, let’s hear about it. There are lots of applications out there. There must be something that’s broken. CVE has

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Translated Article: EU Control Committee Blocks Regulation on Chat Surveillance

Sanna/ April 4, 2022/ Stories/ 0 comments

EU-Kontrollausschuss blockt Verordnung zur Chat-Überwachung by Erich Moechel for fm4.orf.at [We have translated this article, because we have criticised client side scanning and introducing backdoors to circumvent encryption in past articles. Erich Möchel has an update on the current EU initiative to make encryption useless.]. A leaked report from the Commission’s control committee shows that officials from the Commission’s interior department have not presented a legally compliant draft in two years. The publication of the ordinance on the automated monitoring of chats, which was announced at the end of March, has already been postponed again. This ordinance, ostensibly aimed at combating child abuse, is now 18 months behind schedule. A recent leak now shows the reason for this series of postponements. The officials responsible for the Commission’s draft could not come up with a text

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IT Energy Security – Electric Power makes Cyber go around

René Pfeiffer/ April 1, 2022/ Conference/ 0 comments

This is not a typical 1 April posting. We have stopped the habit of writing satirical articles, because the actual news stories are better than any comedy these days.  Instead of having a laugh, let’s look at the core of information technology – electrical power. The energy prices have been rising for a while now. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put Europe’s supply of fossil fuels into the spotlight, because it is used to force political decisions. Using renewable energy sources could have been sped up twenty years ago. It hasn’t. Now the price for electrical power is rising. Information technology relies on electrical power. Computers, servers, networks, smartphones, and display devices can’t do without. The same goes for information security. Adding countermeasures to defend your digital assets and to introduce secure coding requires

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