Data Leaks Reviewed

René Pfeiffer/ April 28, 2011/ Internet, Security

Often single incidents don’t attract much attention, but the combination does. We’re getting used to lost laptops, USB sticks, CDs/DVDs/HDs and gadgets containing data. There’s even a project trying to keep track of data loss incidents world-wide, it’s called DataLossDB. Compromised web sites are also quite common. Only figures raise eyebrows, so this week’s favourite news item is Sony and the PS3 network. Someone created unauthorised backups of database tables containing (encrypted) credit card information, user names, passwords, birth dates and home addresses of PlayStation Network users. We still don’t know the nature of the security breach, however the impact is substantial both in terms of number of stolen records and very probably financial damage. There’s been not much talk about the passwords and their data format, but we all know that few people

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DeepSec 2011 – Call for Papers opened!

René Pfeiffer/ April 15, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

For the fifth time the DeepSec In-Depth Security Conference invites security researchers and professionals to submit suggestions for talks and workshops for our conference which will take place in November 2011 in Vienna. Please visit our updated website for more details about the venue, the schedule and information about our past conferences. We’re currently migrating the old content and collect the data from the old server in order to present archives of the past conference web sites. The DeepSec offers a mix of different topics and aspects like current threats and vulnerabilities, social engineering and psychological aspects as well as security management and philosophy. Our speakers and trainers traditionally come from the security community, companies, hacker spaces and academic organisations. We’ve updated the CfP, and you can submit content for three categories: Talks for

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BSidesVienna: Call For Papers

René Pfeiffer/ April 5, 2011/ Administrivia, Conference

In the wake of the 23rd annual FIRST conference there will be a B-Sides Vienna event together with the NinjaCon 11, 3rd edition. The B-Sides Vienna will be on June 18th, as will be the NinjaCon 11. The Call For Papers is now open and we ask you to submit your material! At B-Sides Vienna aka NinjaCon 11, we’re looking forward to see a selection of trainings, hands-on workshops, 50-minute presetations and 15-minute lightning talks. As we understand ourselves as an open, international event, the official conference language for all talks, trainings and workshops (as well as submitted abstracts), as always, is English. Topics of interest include (but are in no way limited to) the following: Information technology, network security, web application security, virtualisation and cloud computing, innovative attack strategies, forensics, embedded devices, physical

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