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ShmooCon 2015 Keynote Speaker - Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Posted On: 2014-12-14 10:23:44

ShmooCon and The Shmoo Group are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for ShmooCon 2015 will be Joseph Lorenzo Hall.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the internet remains open, innovative and free. Hall's work focuses on the intersection of technology, law, and policy, working carefully to ensure that technology and technical considerations are appropriately embedded into legal and policy instruments. Supporting work across all of CDT's programmatic areas, Hall provides substantive technical expertise to CDT's programs, and interfaces externally with CDT supporters, stakeholders, academics, and technologists.


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ShmooCon 2015 Speaker Line Up

Posted On: 2014-12-10 13:09:19

We are proud to announce the following selection of talks and speakers for ShmooCon 2015.  Thanks again to everyone who submitted.

ONE TRACK MIND:

  • Don’t Look Now! Malicious Image Spam - Kathy Liszka
  • Userland Persistence on Mac OS X "It Just Works” - Joshua Pitts
  • SEWiFi: Building a Security Enhanced WiFi Dongle. - Ryan Holeman
  • Simple Windows Application Whitelisting Evasion - Casey Smith
  • Betting BIOS Bugs Won’t Bite Y’er Butt?- Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg
  • Five Not-Totally-Crazy Ways to Build for Usability - Elissa Shevinsky


BELAY IT:

  • Understanding a New Memory Corruption Defense: Use-after-Free (UaF) Mitigation and Bypass - Jarod DeMott
  • The Windows Sandbox Paradox - James Forshaw
  • Manually Searching Advisories and Blogs for Threat Data - “Who’s Got Time for That?” - Elvis Hovor and Shimon Modi
  • Micronesia: Sub-kernel kit for Host Introspection in Determining Insider Threat - Loc Nguyen
  • Infrastructure Tracking with Passive Monitoring and Active Probing - Anthony Kasza and Dhia Mahjoub
  • Cockroach Analysis: A Statistical Analysis of the Flash and Java Files that Infest the Internet - David Dorsey
  • Practical Machine Learning - Terry Helms
  • No Budget Threat Intelligence: Tracking Malware Campaigns on the Cheap  - Andrew Morris
  • There's Waldo! Tracking Users via Mobile Apps - Colby Moore and Patrick Wardle
  • The Joy Of Intelligent Proactive Security - Scott Behrens and Andy Hoernecke


BUILD IT:

  • 0wn the Con 
  • White is the New Black: Why White Data Really Matters - Irena Damsky
  • NaCl: A New Crypto Library - Daniel J. Bernstein and Tanja Lange
  • Knock Knock: A Survey of iOS Authentication Methods - David Schuetz
  • NSA Playset: USB Tools - Dominic Spill, Michael Ossmann, Jared Boone
  • The Dark Art of Data Visualization - David Pisano
  • httpscreenshot - A Tool for Both Teams - Steve Breen and Justin Kennedy
  • Automated Binary Analysis with Pin and Python - Omar Ahmed and Tyler Bohan
  • Eliminating Timing Side-channels. A Tutorial - Peter Schwabe
  • Tap On, Tap Off: Onscreen Keyboards and Mobile Password Entry - Kristen K. Greene, Joshua Franklin and John Kelsey 


BRING IT ON:

  • Ask the EFF - Kurt Opsahl and Nate Cardozo
  • How Random is Your RNG - Meltem Sonmez Turan, John Kelsey, Kerry McKay
  • The Mile High Club: Getting Root at 40,000 Feet - Wesley Wineberg
  • Mascots, March Madness & #yogapants: Hacking goes to College - Aviel Rubin, Zack Allen, Chris Cullison
  • Deception for the Cyber Defender: To Err is Human; to Deceive, Divine - Tom Cross, Dave Raymond, Greg Conti
  • Rethinking Security's Role in Computer Science Education - Sarah Zatko
  • The Internet of TR-069 Things: One Exploit to Rule them All - Lior Oppenheim and Shahar Tal
  • Quantum Computing 01100101 - Tess Schrodinger
  • Where the Wild Things Are: Encryption, Police Access & the User - Whitney Merrill
  • Analysis of POS Malware - Brandon Benson


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Round 3 Ticket Sales

Posted On: 2014-12-07 12:07:31

120 tickets were released this round.  

All tickets were held in 3.51 seconds.
The wait list filled up 1.50 seconds after that.
So in other words we sold out in 5.01 seconds.
First reservation was completed 9.17 seconds after registration officially opened.
All reservations were complete in 9 minutes 6 seconds.

Again - we consider ourselves sold out for the round once the wait list is filled up.  At this point all tickets are accounted for and we take down the registration link.  It takes a bit of time beyond that for the actual reservations to get completed and for the tickets to work their way through the wait list which is why we provide that time stamp as well.

Things to note for this round.  Round 3 is always the smallest round in terms of tickets offered.  It took longer this time for reservations to be filled than last round because a single ticket was working its way down the wait list until it finally got picked up by someone just as it was about to move to the next person in queue.  You lucky person you.

Congrats to everyone who scored tickets.  Confirmation emails with purchasing information will be sent out in about an hour.

You can make your hotel reservations using code SHM at the Washington Hilton.  If you're staying at the Hilton but are outside of our block, please email us your reservation id so we can get credit for your room.

For everyone else - unfortunately there are no more ticket sales for ShmooCon 2015.  We will once again be live streaming the event and more information will be posted about that as we get closer to con time.

Thanks again to each and every one of you.



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Submission notifications will be sent out soon.

Posted On: 2014-12-05 15:37:57

We know many of you are anxiously staring at your inboxes waiting for an email from us.  Don't worry they'll be sent out soon.  We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted regardless of if they were accepted or rejected.  And really, we don't like that word rejected - it's too harsh. The reality is we only have 35 speaking slots and every year we turn away a number of good talks with the hope that the authors will continue to submit to other venues.  

We posted this next bit of information before but wanted to make we put it out in front of you again.

Many of you are aware that in all the years past we have allowed those whose talks were not accepted to purchase a ShmooCon ticket.  To be clear, this was never something we announced or promised - just something we quietly did to reward those who made the effort to submit as we figured these were the type of people we wanted to see at the con anyway.

Over the years the cat, or moose, has definitely gotten out of the bag and we realized we needed to re-evaluate.  What we don't want to see is dummy or cheap submissions being made simply to take advantage of the ticket offer.  Last year the bar was set pretty low.  If you followed directions, you got the offer.  If you didn't - no ticket option for you.  We're using a different metric this time around but some of you "unaccepted" speakers will get an offer and some won't.  In this case we have a set number of tickets to offer to submitters and we're going down the line.  When they're gone they're gone.  If you don't get a ticket offer - don't worry.  We still like you.

Again, thanks to everyone who submitted. There was most definitely some good reading this year.  


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Round 2 Ticket Sales Stats

Posted On: 2014-12-01 12:03:54

700 tickets were released this round.

All tickets were held in 8.29 seconds.
The wait list filled up 6.37 seconds after that.
So in other words we sold out in 14.67 seconds.
First reservation was completed 6.06 seconds after registration officially opened.
All reservations were complete in 8 minutes 3 seconds.

Again - we consider ourselves sold out for the round once the wait list is filled up.  At this point all tickets are accounted for and we take down the registration link.  It takes a bit of time beyond that for the actual reservations to get completed and for the tickets to work their way through the wait list which is why we provide that time stamp as well.

Congrats to everyone who scored tickets this round.  Confirmation emails with purchasing information will be sent out in about an hour.

For everyone else - there's one more chance to get tickets.  Round 3 is now scheduled for Sunday, Dec 7th at noon EST.

You can make your hotel reservations using code SHM at the Washington Hilton.  If you're staying at the Hilton but are outside of our block, please email us your reservation id so we can get credit for your room.

Thanks all!


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