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.
Ok, so this isn’t Montreal related, but I haven’t posted in a while. I’m giving a presentation on a side-channel attack affecting block ciphers operating in CBC mode at the OWASP Ottawa chapter meeting tonight. This is based on work presented by researchers and friends Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong at Black Hat Europe in 2010. Probably the last time I give this presentation.
So I’ll be explaining the crypto attack clearly, in full detail (it’s really cool). I’ll also be demonstrating POET, the padding oracle exploitation tool. Thus spoke tqbf, on this attack:
CBC padding oracles: the official “Attack That Looks In Real Life Most Like When Someone Breaks Decryption In A Movie”.
Here are the details. It’s 6pm. On the West side of Ottawa, apparently in the middle of nowhere, according to Google Maps. We’ll be downtown later.
Oh yah, MTLSEC is Thursday. Will post about that tomorrow.
Ok, two events this week:
1. YulBiz April is happening tonight (Tuesday), at 17h30, at the Jello Martini Lounge. Details and RSVP here.
2. Startupdrinks Montreal is tomorrow (Wednesday) night. It’s being held, as usual, at Brutopia on Crescent street. It starts at 17h30.
I’ve come down with a little cold, so it is unlikely I’ll attend either events. Have fun!
Short notice again – if you have nothing to do *right now* and want to go hang out with geeks doing geeky and craft-ish things, there’s an option: Geek Out April started about 20 minutes ago. It’s at Burritoville, which is on Bishop and de Maisonneuve. Great veggie place to eat, by the way.
Geek out goes all afternoon. There are various things to do + board games.
Details on the facebook event listing, which is here.
Organized by GeekMontreal.
Event starts at 7pm and will be held at the Bloom Digital offices (481 Viger Ouest).
Three things happening this week of interest (unfortunately I missed announcing the WhereCloud iPad meet-and-greet that was hosted this evening by my friend Fred):
1. StartUp Square is a soirée that will take place Tuesday evening. The idea is to introduce students to startup culture. Olivier Cabanes from Bolidea and Benjamin Yoskovitz from StandoutJobs and InstigatorBlog will be speaking. It will be held at the Thompson House (3650 McTavish) at 6pm on Tuesday, April 13. 5$ for students, 10$ for non-students. Get your tickets here.
2. MTLSEC April will be held on Wednesday, April 14. MTLSEC is an informal event for hackers, security professionals, hobbyists, students, etc. Anyone who is into network or information security. Show up around 6pm at the Old Dublin, 636 Cathcart, metro McGill. It’s free.
3. MTLNewTech is hosting an event for pitches. It’s being organized with the assistance of the city of Montreal. It’s happening on Thursday, April 15, at 303 Notre-Dame Est, starting at 6pm. It’s free, but please RSVP here.
Events lifted from Raymond Luk’s excellent StartupDigest Montreal newsletter.
Tonight (Tuesday, April 6) is Montreal NewTech Demo for April. It’s a chance for startup founders to show off their stuff. It’s taking place at McKibbon’s Irish Pub on Bishop, near Concordia. It goes from 6-8pm. You can RSVP here. I won’t be there tonight as I’ve got stuff scheduled at the same time.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 7) there will be a seminar held covering incentive plans for startups (read: stock options, among other things). This is good stuff for anyone seriously interested in building a startup. The presenters include Startup CFO blogger Mark MacLeod. The event is free but you must RSVP. It will take place between 5:30 and 8:00
I’ll be there. Finally, MTLSEC to be announced shortly. Stay tuned.