Conferences

Today is the last day to get the stunningly low $75 rate for Shmoocon in Washington DC Jan 13-15, 2006. Remember to bow to Bruce’s firewall (largish video download). I understand this years con will culminate in a deathmatch between a new, armed Shmoo robot and the speaker who gets the worst ratings. The speaker…

Read More Shmoocon 2006

Today, I’m at the National Institute of Justice’s National Conference on Science, Technology, and the Law, and am participating in a panel on “Balancing Information Sharing and Privacy.” I’ll present “Protecting Society By Protecting Information: Reducing Crime by Better Information Sharing” (Or get the powerpoint slides. I don’t know why Powerpoint makes all the speaker…

Read More "Protecting Society By Protecting Information"

Defcon is better experienced than read about. How could I argue with a slogan like “What happens in Vegas gets posted to thousands of blogs? stays in Vegas?” But when those involved blog about it, I’ll admit to a little involvement: I recruited Brian Krebs onto team Shmoo. Because everyone knows I’m a Shmoo wannabe.…

Read More Defcon Coverage?

Ross Anderson has announced that the fifth WEIS will be held in Cambridge (England) 26-28 June 2006. Papers due March of next year. I’m sad that I’ve only made one of the WEIS workshops so far. (Life keeps interfering.) What’s there is amongst the most interesting bits being done in security. I hope they continue…

Read More The Fifth Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS 2006)

It’s going to be 105 (or so) in Las Vegas for Blackhat, and, as always, a little hotter for Defcon. Tickets for the DC702 Summit/EFF Benefit are for sale online through Monday. As a smaller, private event, I expect the AC will work. So you should be there, instead of say, lolling about by the…

Read More 105°. But It's a Dry Heat

Friends, colleagues, and co-conspirators, It has been 17 long years and now the time is finally here to celebrate at the: BLIND SIGNATURE PATENT EXPIRATION PARTY WHAT: A party to celebrate the expiration of the Blind Signature patent. WHY: U.S. Patent 4,759,063 (“Blind Signature Systems“) to David Chaum is the core invention enabling privacy-protecting electronic…

Read More Blind Signature Patent Expiration Party

Over at Usable Security, Ping is blogging about the SOUPS conference, which I’m unfortunately missing. Alan Schiffman is also blogging a little. However, Ping is posting so much that his first posts today have already scrolled off the top of his blog. Who knew he’d invent a new denial of service attack?

Read More Ping Flood