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Latest cyber attack and defence methods on display: Malaysia conference

AvantiKumar | Sept. 14, 2011
The Hack in the Box Security conference will feature hands-on training.

Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, founder/chief executive officer, Hack in The Box

PHOTO - Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, founder/chief executive officer, Hack in The Box.

The ninth annual regional Hack in the Box Security conference [HITBSecConf] will feature hands-on training as well as the latest cyber attack and defence methods, said the organisers.

Hack in the Box founder and chief executive officer Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran said the theme - 'A Conference That Never Ends' - indicated a 24-hour approach to the event at the InterContinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, 10-13 October 2011.

"This year, HackWEEKDAY makes a debut in the programme," said Kannabhiran. "A 24-hour hackathon kicking off at 13:37 (GMT+8) on the 12th of October and ending a full 24‐hours later on the 13th, HackWEEKDAY is expected to draw top coders from all walks of life who will come together and work on open source security tools including the Project, Dilligence, Maltego and Mozilla Firefox plugins."

"The conference has again brought together some of the world's most well-recognised mainstream and underground (blackhat) security specialists," he said. "The two-day conference, hands-on technical trainings and research presentations have made international headlines as they expound on common network, software and device security flaws and fixes in today's highly connected world."

"In addition, HITBSecConf's main focus is on new and ground-breaking attack and defence methods that have not been seen or discussed in public before," said Kannabhiran.

The HITBSecConf in Malaysia ( ) is endorsed by the Malaysian government regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysian National Computer Confederation (MNCC), and government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), as well as the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI).


About 1,000 local and international security professionals

Microsoft Corporation director Andrew Cushman said the conference was a 'hallmark event for some 1000 IT security professionals and technical decision makers (TDMs) from Asia Pacific and internationally.' 

HITB's Kannabhiran said this year's event would include a one-hour opening keynote by Dr. Kenneth Geers, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Cyber Subject Matter Expert.  "Here, Dr. Geers will compare and contrast the national security implications of Wikileaks - the new pen, and Stuxnet - the new sword."

He added that day two's keynote featured speaker Jennifer Granick (Attorney, ZwillGen PLLC) on trends surrounding national privacy transgressions and government (mis)approaches.

"In addition to these, the conference will also feature an all new Capture The Flag - Weapons of Mass Destruction game, an updated Lock Picking Village with a focus on 'safe cracking', and a new Hackerspaces 'Playground' for those looking to get into hardware and electronics hacking," said Kannabhiran. "The playground will also feature LEGO robotics, microcontrollers, LEDs [light emitting diodes], lasers, RFID [radio frequency identification] toys, hardware sniffing and other cool technologies."


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