In-Depth Security Conference DeepSec Tackles Mobile Data Assaults

René Pfeiffer/ July 17, 2010/ Press

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

Until the 31th of July security experts have a chance to submit their contributions for talks and workshops. In line with the U21 programme young security researchers are invited to turn in their discoveries. The best submissions will be given slots in our schedule and other companies will sponsor tickets for them. Work from the areas IPv6 and Cloud Computing and Virtualisation are just examples for the topics that are wanted. Further subject areas are AJAX/Web2.0/JavaScript security, code analysis, digital espionage, digital forensics, e-voting, incident response, malware research, instant messaging technologies, network protocols, operation systems, patch & upgrade management, secure software development, security management, social engineering, virtualisation, VoIP technology, web security and wireless technologies.

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.

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About René Pfeiffer

System administrator, lecturer, hacker, security consultant, technical writer and DeepSec organisation team member. Has done some particle physics, too. Prefers encrypted messages for the sake of admiring the mathematical algorithms at work.