The Star Online
September 24, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: HITBSecConf - Asia's largest network security conference -
is back again and this year is expected to attract more than 1,000
attendees from around the world.
Scheduled to take place in the capital from Oct 27-30, the event will
offer an expanded conference programme with more than 35 speakers,
including four keynote speakers.
In addition, this year's HITBSecConf will also, for the first time ever,
feature a triple track conference that includes the new HITB Lab
sessions that run in parallel with the conference proceedings.
Organised by Hack In The Box (M) Sdn Bhd, the event is in its sixth
The first two days of the event will be dedicated to hardcore technical
training sessions, followed by another two full days of triple track
presentations that will be complemented by hacking competitions and a
host of other activities.
"The fact that HITBSecConf is expanding year after year underscores how
critical network security as a subject matter has become in Malaysia,"
said Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, founder and CEO of Hack In The Box.
He said it also shows that IT decision makers in local organisations and
network security professionals worldwide acknowledge the value that
HITBSecConf offers in terms of hands-on training, deep technical
information, and insights into security trends.
This year's technical training tracks include Structured Network Threat
Analysis and Forensics; Bluetooth, RFID & Wireless Hacking; Web
Application Security - Advanced Attacks and Defence; and The Exploit
Due to the nature of the information and training that will be provided,
Hack In The Box will require participants of The Exploit Laboratory
track to sign a code-of-ethics document.
This, said Kannabhiran, is to ensure that newly acquired exploit
techniques from the course are only used appropriately and ethically.
Among the keynote speakers are Jeremiah Grossman, founder & chief
technology officer at White Hat Security; Marcus Ranum, chief security
officer of Tenable Network Security; Dr Anton Chuvakin, chief research
officer at Log Logic Inc; as well as Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij,
founders of The Pirate Bay.
Sunde and Neij will be speaking about how the Internet gives individuals
the power to dissolve old monopolies and will provide attendees with a
rare insight into what it takes to run The Pirate Bay - the world's
largest filesharing network system that generates an estimated 10% of
the global Internet traffic.
The Pirate Bay is a thorn in the side of the current media distributors
because it utilises the power of the Internet to dissolve the old
methods of distribution.
Complementing the conference proceedings will be the new HITB Lab
sessions. These labs have been added to cater to attendees who would
like to gain a deeper understanding through hands-on tutorial sessions.
Each session admits up to 50 participants with laptops and runs for 120
There will be three sessions of the HITB Lab each day and some of the
topics that have been lined up include tips and tricks to attack popular
wireless technologies such as 802.11 b/g/n; cracking WEP/WPA/WPA2;
attacking RFID tags, RFID passports and Bluetooth devices; and
high-level physical security bypass methods.
Apart from those, popular activities from previous years will also be
featured, including the team-based Capture The Flag "Live Hacking"
competition, Wireless Village, Lock Picking Village, and Open Hack
Pending a sponsor for the event, this year's Open Hack will involve a
fully patched Apple MacBook Air with a default install of the Leopard
operating system with all patches applied and the firewall set to
default settings. The first person to successfully hack into the MacBook
Air will take the machine home.
Furthermore, the security exploit discovered in this year's Open Hack
will be auctioned to the highest bidder during the HITBSecConf2008
Malaysia Charity Auction.
Proceeds from the charity auction will benefit the Parents. Resource for
Autism Malaysia, a non-profit support group for parents whose children
are affected by autism and other related disorders. The website is
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The event is endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia
Commission; Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management
Planning Unit; Malaysian National Computer Confederation; and Multimedia
Register now for HITBSecConf2008 - Malaysia! With
a new triple-track conference featuring 4 keynote
speakers and over 35 international experts, this
is the largest network security event in Asia and
the Middle East!