Sorry. Blog not dead. It’s just been summertime. In Montreal. If you live here, you’ll understand.
The biggest event of the summer for us was throwing Recon 2010. Preparations had me so busy that I didn’t even blog about it. Recon is a well-known Montreal security / reverse engineering (i.e. hacking, by the original and only real definition) conference that has existed since 2005. 2010 was our biggest conference ever – an enormous success and a lot of fun. We had six training sessions and 3 days of conference. The conference schedule was packed with speakers from all over the world. The Recon party, which was legendary, had guests such as monochrom and int80 from Nerdcore group Dual Core. Here’s a clip.
We also had a contest organized by Tipping Point’s ZDI that was totally new for Recon 2010. It was like having a CTF, but without all of the setup, and much closer to the heart of what Recon is all about. ZDI awarded 20,000$ in prize money. Not bad. Props to ZDI / Tipping Point for coming up with the contest idea, it was a great and I hope we do it again next year.
We closed out Recon 2010 with a party at my place for speakers, trainers, and anyone left over who we could round up. I had about 50-55 people from maybe 20 countries in my house on Sunday night. No complaints or police. Pretty amazing.
Looking forward to next year.
MTLSEC July took a break and returned in August. We held it last week. I’ll return to announcing them here for September’s meeting.
Also, check out Next Montreal, a blog about Montreal technology scene stuff run by people in the scene.
It’s August 17 and Byron Sonne is still in jail on bullshit charges. Byron is one of us, a well-liked member of hacklab.to. His ongoing detention is outrageous, even if you don’t agree with his political views. Byron is not a terrorist. If you are unfamiliar with this ongoing case, educate yourself. Spread the word.