DeepSec 2019 Talk: Chinese Police and CloudPets – Abraham Aranguren

[In our Call for Papers we mentioned that DeepSec and specifically DeepINTEL will have a connection to geopolitics. Well, the following description of a presentation at DeepSec gives you an idea of what we meant.]

This talk is a summary of three different security audits with an interesting background:

First, CloudPets, their epic track record, what we found and what happened afterwards.
Next, two mobile apps by Chinese Police: “BXAQ” and “IJOP”, both related to surveillance of ethnic minorities, but in different ways. Stay tuned.

Part 1: CloudPets

Wouldn’t it be cool, for a parent far from home, to be able to record a voice message with their phone and make the sound come out of a soft toy that children can hug? That’s the idea of CloudPets. Children can even respond directly from the soft toy and communicate with their parents. What could possibly go wrong? Let your imagination go wild and you will still fall short 🙂

Database dumps, blackmailing, ransoms, millions of people affected, our findings and other intrigues, not to be missed!

Part 2: Chinese Police

This part talks about two mobile surveillance apps that Chinese authorities employ to spy on the Muslim minorities of China’s Xinjiang region, the applications: “IJOP” and “BXAQ”. These audits were sponsored by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Open Technology Fund (OTF). The Chinese government faced international criticism when the results of these audits became public.

While the audits focused on evidence gathering of the surveillance activities, which will be covered in this talk, we will also discuss some interesting vulnerabilities that we found along the way and which were not the focus of the audit itself. Also, for those interested in learning about mobile security we will talk about the challenges faced with these apps and how we overcame them.

This talk will be an interesting learning experience as it combines technical security vulnerabilities with political and commercial background implications.

 

After 13 years in Itsec and 20 in IT Abraham is now the CEO of 7ASecurity (7asecurity.com), a company specializing in penetration testing of web/mobile apps, infrastructure, code reviews and training. Former senior penetration tester / team lead at Cure53 (cure53.de) and Version 1 (www.version1.com). Creator of “Practical Web Defense” – a hands-on eLearn security attack / defense course (www.elearnsecurity.com/PWD), OWASP OWTF project leader of an OWASP flagship project (owtf.org), major degree and diploma in Computer Science, some certs: CISSP, OSCP, GWEB, OSWP, CPTS, CEH, MCSE:Security, MCSA:Security, Security+. As a shell scripting fan trained by unix dinosaurs, Abraham wears a proud manly beard. He writes on Twitter as @7asecurity @7a_ @owtfp or https://7asecurity.com/blog. Some presentations, pentest reports and recordings can be found at https://7asecurity.com/#publications

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