Talk: Bond Tech – I Want More Than Movie Props

René Pfeiffer/ October 30, 2011/ Conference

I watched „Bolt“ with my daughter yesterday. She’s still young and needed some time to distinguish fiction from reality, just like Bolt himself. If you regularly use (security) tools, then you might get a bit jealous about all these super-science skills and gadgets. This is especially true when it comes to the toys of James Bond. These questions arise: Does your software think it has super-powers, and when do we get these cineastic power tools on steroids just like in the films? Kizz MyAnthia of Halock Security Labs will address both questions in his talk at DeepSec 2011.

There’s no doubt about it, you want these super-tools. We all do. So when do we get them? Well, soon or maybe never, but if you deal with information security (or vice versa) you have to keep an open mind. Saying ‘never’ is a really bad way to do this. The talk „Bond Tech – I Want More Than Movie Props“ will therefore explore the advancements of technology and the ability for today’s tech toys to be tomorrow’s super gadget. The talk will walk you through a number of historical advances touching on espionage and security subvergence and the relation of what is real and what is only available in the movies. Once you have an understanding of how normal every day devices can be leveraged to be more than they appear Kizz will dive into how the relation of this can be applied to the thought process of every organization’s security policy and procedures.

Technologically advanced devices are ubiquitous. They are part of our daily routine. Our habits and our everyday life have put these devices to penetrate deep into secure areas. People use entertainment devices for business tasks, a fact illustrated by the plain old phone. The ability to have your phone along with you at any moment of the day feeds our needs for social media, email, business, and pleasure. Smartphones and tablets have only just begun to enter our environments and most don’t understand the security risks when allowing their use. Enter „The WMD Package“ for weaponising the smartphone!
By using the WMD package you can turn your smartphone into a penetration testing platform. It allows users leverage over a number of security controls. Kizz will show you how to view the applications of such a device and provide an understanding as to how to approach securing an organization against most of the attack vectors – by giving you a live demonstration.

This talk is recommended to anyone with a closed mind or insufficient creativity to imagine security risks of the present and the future. Of course if you want to know how to turn household items into super-tools, you’re welcome too (bring your cat and your super-villain costume, we won’t laugh, promised)!

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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.