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BlackHat Europe 2017 – The Wrap Up

“Hello, friend. Hello, friend? That’s lame. Maybe I should give you a name, but that’s a slippery slope. You’re only in my head. We have to remember that. Shit.”

Hope you are all well.

After a nice trip to London, and a great time at Blackhat Europe 2017, I feel the need to share my experience with you. Everything started with the place hosting the event. Last year’s BlackHat was hosted in the Business Design Center, which was a really big and open place, perfect for the business hall and the briefings. And I was sceptical about the change of the place to Excel, but when I arrived I understood the need for a change.

The conference was twice as big, with twice the attendees. The briefing rooms were bigger and ready to welcome more people. Room B, where the keynotes and locknote took place, was outstanding, with an aura from BlackHat USA. Green lights everywhere and loud music. People from the industry talking in every corner, and great briefings taking place one after the other.

Last year I was a bit dissapointed from the event. Everything was so quiet, so soft. But this year everything got fixed. I met some great people, both from companies and individuals. Business hall was huge with great companies, prizes everywhere, and some challenges which was really missing from last years event. But the best part was the quality of the briefings, which was something that everyone talked about in the event. All these years Blackhat europe seemed a bit left off, in comparison with its USA sibling, in the aspect of briefings quality. But this year many talks were really great, presented from some really great researchers, so I encourage you to go and watch them as soon as they will be published in the YouTube channel of the event.

Finally, I have to thank illumio for the great prize at the Passport to prizes lucky draw, Jeff Moss and UBM for the Student Scholarship and the opportunity for attending this event for one more year, and everyone that made this event special. See you in the next one, and keep up the good work.

Cr0wTom

p.s. As always I produced a video from the event to bring you my experience. Feel free to Like, Comment, Subscribe or even Dislike my video, and support me. 😀

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BlackHat, TROOPERS and more!

Hello guys,

I know you hoped that Cr0w’s Place is dead but I came to deny you. The main reason of my absence is my masters thesis, for which I want to talk you about.

So, basically my thesis is based on blockchain technologies and I am trying to develop an application (and find a way, generally) with which I will be able to bypass the Certificate Authorities of the SSL/TLS protocol. You will be able to read more details about it in my final paper, which will be published around March, but for the time being, you can head to my GitHub profile and give me some love.

In other news, I want to let you know that for one more year I will attend BlackHat Europe and TROOPERS. Just today I got informed from Niki (the nice lady that is responsible for TROOPERS) that I will attend the event with a scholarship for one more year. I am really happy about it and of course you will have coverage of the event from my YouTube channel and my short movies.

TROOPERS 18 takes place in Heidelberd, Germany in the 12th – 16th of March 2018, and BlackHat Europe in the 4,5 December 2017 which I will attend too. I will be happy to meet every one of you there. Until then, stay strong.

Cr0wTom

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My road to BlackHat Asia 2017 and some updates!

Hello Everyone,

I know that it is getting a bit frustrating, but in this section I really need to update my blog about my academic work in the cyber security sector. The next couple of days I will write about my progress in my Ms program, but this post is all about another conference scholarship.

Just like BlackHat Europe, I recently got awarded with a student scholarship for BlackHat Asia 2017 in Singapore, 28-31 March 2017. It is a great honor to be selected for this event, but unfortunately I will not be able to attend it. The reason? Really expensive transport and accommodation, for a conference that will be more or less the same with BlackHat Europe that I attended earlier this year.

It was a great opportunity to visit Asia and meet people from this side of the world, but I think that in this time of my life I need to invest on other things and not in a similar conference.

The process is pretty similar with the one I presented you in the BlackHat Europe scholarship, and the support stays really great. They helped me a lot with the registration process, and in my questions about helping me cover transport and accommodation. Unfortunately, they couldn’t cover me these expenses so I will not attend the event.

To continue, this Sunday I will fly to Heidelberg for the TROOPERS conference, and I will keep you updated with posts and vlogs. Today, I received the following message with the last info about the event:

Dear TROOPERS,

We are now less than one week away from TROOPERS17! Just wanted to brief everyone on a few things to get your week of to a great start!

1. The trainings and Next Generation Internet (NGI) start on Monday, March 20 at 9:00am at the Print Media Academy

a. PMA Address: Kurfürsten-Anlage 60 69115 Heidelberg Germany

b. Registration will start at 8:00AM and light breakfast and coffee will be available.

c. There will be signs on site to guide you to the appropriate training rooms.

d. Please use this link to see where you can park at the Print Media Academy for those who are driving: http://parken.heidelberg.de/static/asset/parking/pdf/p18_bg-rci.pdf

e. The complete Training agenda is located at https://www.troopers.de/troopers17/trainings/

2. The trainings start on Tuesday 9:00am

a. Registration will be open at 8:00AM

b. Exception: TelcoSec Day will begin at 8:30AM on Tuesday.
https://www.troopers.de/troopers17/telcosec-day/

3. The Conference starts on Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:00 at the Print Media Academy, and will end at 1900 each day (there is an additional hour of talks each day to celebrate the 10th edition of TROOPERS).

a. Registration begins at 7:45AM. PLEASE come earlier rather than late.

b. You do not need a physical ticket. Just your name. Again please check-in at the Registration Desk to get all your TROOPERS goodies and agenda.

c. Don’t be late! Given the huge amount of the highest quality content and some special surprises for you, the doors of the keynote auditorium will close right at 9:00. We need to ask all late arrivals to watch the keynote through the streaming on the first floor.

d. The complete Conference Agenda is located at
https://www.troopers.de/troopers17/agenda/

e. There is a Shared Dinner Wednesday evening at Kulturbrauerei: Leyergasse 6, 69117 Heidelberg. We will arrange for buses to pick people up from the Print Media Academy starting at 6:30pm until 7:00pm. Please meet in the lobby of the PMA to catch your bus.
Dinner will start at 8:00pm.

4. Important Additional Information

a. 10k TROOPERS Run: Don’t forget your running shoes! We will meet at the Crowne Plaza Heidelberg hotel on Thursday March 23rd at 7:00AM.

b. PacketWars: BYOD! The Battle Briefing will be available on Monday March 20th here: https://www.troopers.de/troopers17/special-events/

c. TROOPERS GSM Network: As in the last years, we will have our own Troopers GSM network. Because there will be some challenges, it might come in handy to have a second cell phone with you. SIM cards can be picked up at the Reception Desk. This time you are also able to host your own SMS service. More information about this is published on our blog:https://insinuator.net/2017/03/troopers17-gsm-network-how-about-your-own-smpp-service/

d. Food: Monday – Thursday, starting at 8:30am, a light breakfast will be available, there will be 2 coffee breaks per day with nice snacks, and lunch will be provided onsite at the Print Media Academy.

e. Roundtables are on Friday from 9:30-13:00. The list of topics can be found here: https://www.troopers.de/troopers17/roundtables/

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email us at info@troopers.de

Safe travels and see You soon!
Your Troopers Crew

So stay tuned! 😉

I want to close with the announcement of my new website, cr0wsplace.com, which is an attempt to start in the business security sector. So wish me luck and give me your feedback . 😀

Cr0wTom

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Web Application Hacking Course by Cr0wTom

Hello Everyone,

As you already know, because of my early work on Cr0w’s Place, and your support of course, I have the opportunity to work in some of the biggest education providers in the security sector. One of them is Hakin9 Media SP. with whom I am starting a new four week course tomorrow, in the subject of Web Application Hacking, and specifically in DataStore attacks and Advanced SQL Injection. You can find my course here.

My intentions are not to phish for clients. It is a really advanced topic, that not anyone can attend. But if you are up to Security and Hacking and you have some knowledge in SQL Injection, you can find this really helpful.

To continue, I want to tell you that I am preparing a vlog for the upcoming BlackHat event, that I will attend in November. I want to call anyone that will attend too, to communicate me, and scheduled a meeting in the event. I will happy to meet all of you, and present you in my BlackHat videos.

Feel free to contact me with any contact way available. 🙂

Cr0wTom

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My road to BlackHat Europe so far – Part 2 (Acceptance email)

Previously, we talked about the process I followed to get awarded with a student scholarship on BlackHat Europe 2016. As I told you, I followed the application process and I answered the required questions, as I showed you in part 1.

In this post, I will show you the acceptance email that I received in my inbox, ~40 days after my application.

Congratulations, you have been awarded a complimentary Student Scholarship to attend Black Hat Europe 2016 in London.  Black Hat Europe is the most technical and relevant global information security event in the world. For more than 19 years, Black Hat has provided attendees with the very latest in information security research, development, and trends in a strictly vendor-neutral environment.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students to learn from and network with some of the most talented researchers and practitioners working in InfoSec today.

 

Event:                   Black Hat Europe Briefings

Date:                     November 3 and November 4, 2016

Location:              Business Design Centre, London

 

Requirements:  In order to register for your complimentary Student Pass, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of the event
  • Must provide copy of verifiable proof of full-time academic status at an accredited college or university (copy of class schedule or syllabus)
  • Must provide copy of valid and current college/university ID card
  • You must be able to provide your own travel to and accommodations in London —these are not included
  • Submit your materials on or before September 30, 2016.

 

Please reply to this email with the required information and we will set up your registration.  If you have any questions or need any more information, please contact us at blackhateuroperegistration@ubm.com

 

Congratulations on your nomination, and we hope you will be able to join us at Black Hat Europe this year.

 

The Black Hat Team

The email came from the address registration@ubm.com.

Cr0wTom