August 24, 2010

Malware authors have their own con now, MalCon

Interested in WRITING malware? Go to MalCon.

Heh. I've heard it all. Now the malware authors have their very own conference where they can learn and teach about writing malware. Their website claims to bring together "Malware and Information Security Researchers from across the globe to share key research insights into building the next generation malwares." Okayyyyy.

I'm not sure whether this is a hoax or legit but according to Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security fame it's legit, or at least he spoke with the organizer of the event about it. The word is that Bruce Schneier is one of the leading speakers. This is interesting and seems to lend credence to its legitimacy.

Not sure who will be attending but my guess at the very least there will be a few LE and government security types "hanging" around this conference.

August 7, 2010

Google CEO says no anonymity on future Internet

Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated in a talk at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe that 'true transparency and no anonymity' are required to combat identity theft. He said the increase of information generated every day has helped social interaction but created a condition that helps identity theft thieves. He said there needs to be a verified way to identify people and that Governments will demand it.

My concern would be the procedures and policies surrounding the protection and use of this identity information. The information will need to be protected and how it will be accessed will be critical to whether the system is successful. If run poorly it could actually increase identity theft cases.

See more about the speech here: