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 TROOPERS Scholarship! – Part 1

Hello Everyone,

It’s been a while since our last talk. You know, many things happening, a masters degree and a constant dream hunting. I think that the last time we talked, it was about my conclusion in the BlackHat Europe 2016 event, and my first vlog. Now, it is time for a new announcement, and my acquisition of a scholarship for the TROOPERS 17, which happens to be the 10 year anniversary of TROOPERS, which will be awesome, for sure!

For more, go here: https://www.troopers.de/troopers17/

As with BlackHat, TROOPERS gives some scholarships to students around the world, which are interested and involved into the security sector. The competition is big in such events, because you are attending for free, bypassing a big fee that others have to pay, to attend it. For TROOPERS the process is more simple than BlackHat, and you just have to sent a motivation letter. The instructions on the site are as follows:

STUDENTS@TROOPERS – MOTIVATION LETTER

Troopers is all about training, personal progression, and making the world a safer place. The limited budget of many students should not get in the way of this mission. Hence we offer students the opportunity to submit a short abstract to apply for their free Troopers attendance. As the available seats are limited and there are potentially a high number of students, we apologize if we cannot accept all student applications.

If you want to apply, please send us an abstract about why you in particular should be attending Troopers — keep in mind, you have to convince us! Including:

  • A short personal introduction
  • Current fields of work/degree programs
  • Experiences and activities in the area of IT security
  • Published work/research/white papers/write-ups
  • Expectations for the conference and expected personal progression
  • What you will contribute to TROOPERS

Send this letter to student@troopers.de.
The deadline for the submission of Student Motivation Letters is January 31st 2017.

I learned about it, in one of my work trips, that a friend of mine mentioned it, and I searched it immediately. I prepared my letter and sent it to the email stated above. My email was the following:

Dear TROOPERS,

My name is Thomas Sermpinis, and I am a Master’s student from Greece. I am 23 years old, with great passion for Cyber Security, from the age of 12 when I firstly started programming. I am currently studying for my master’s degree in “Informatics and Management” in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and I work in the security sector, preparing workshops for Hakin9 media, related to IT security topics. I have started working in this sector by the age of 18, where I worked in the biggest Greek Hacking Magazine, DeltaHacker. I am also, freelance in penetration testing, for an extra income, because of the difficult economic situation of Greece, but of course I really love what I do. Also, I have a personal YouTube channel, that I produce videos related to security, with a big fanbase.

As I wrote, my main field of work these last years, is presenting my knowledge to others, with workshop instructing, and article writing. By this, I have met many people, and acquired many experience in this field. I have also traveled to Germany this last year, for an opportunity in working with a Cyber Security firm, named Auxilium. Continuing, recently I acquired an academic scholarship for BlackHat Europe 2016, which I will attend in November and I hope that I will gain much from it.

Some of the topics that I have researched and presented in various ways are:

  • Penetration Testing with Android Devices (Hakin9, Google Developers Conference)
  • Android Malware Analysis (Hakin9)
  • Web Application Hacking: Data Store Attacks (Hakin9)
  • Penetration Testing with Kali 2.0 (Hakin9, DeltaHacker)

This is only a small part of my work in the security field, in which I want to work and offer my knowledge and experiences. This is also a reason why I want to attend TROOPERS. I want to meet new people, and acquire new knowledge, throughout the exceptional layout of this event. I thing that this is the way to my personal progression, and this is why I am continuously searching for new opportunities that will help me in this matter. Of course, my presence there will not go unnoticed. I want to be active and stand out of the crowd, by participating in competitions and discussions of TROOPERS. Finally, it will be a big and serious opportunity for me, that I will also be able to write about in my blog (cr0wsplace {dot} wordpress {dot} com) and let every reader know about TROOPERS conference and events, which will also be good advertising for you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,
Thomas Sermpinis

I am now selected as one of the scholarship holders, and I will attend the conference and the NGI event on March 20-24th of 2017. I will make a part 2 for the letter of acceptance and the registration process, so stay tuned. 😉

Cr0wTom