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Call for Papers 2016

If you are tired of any of the following: 1) conferences where coffee service equals one coupon (= cup) per day, 2) conferences with crazy-ass lines making world’s busiest transit hubs seem like a pleasurable life experience, 3) conferences showcasing talks indistinguishable from sponsored content, or 4) conferences which overcharge and underdeliver, please continue reading.

t2 has throughout its history offered speakers and guests an intimate atmosphere where ideas can be exchanged with fellow hax0rz. We take pride in treating speakers as guests of honor – presenting a talk at t2 and visiting Helsinki is something we want you to both remember and enjoy.

Finland is a country, which has pioneered things such as the first web browser with a GUI[1], has no embassy in New Zealand and has introduced the world some minor tech stuff such as Linux and SMS. In case your bucket list contains BDSM with complete strangers, just submit a paper, come to Helsinki and ask for Finnish sauna [2].

While Helsinki cannot offer you sunshine, resorts or palm trees, we can compensate that with cold weather, eternal winter, darkness, and snow if you’re lucky. According to the latest OECD statistics[3], Finland has as many metal bands as France has wine producers, but more metal subgenres than there are wine regions.

t2’16 offers you an audience with a taste for technical security presentations containing original content. This is your chance to showcase the latest research and lessons in offensive offense, enterprise compromise, ambiguous APT-attribution, nation state lulz, anti-anti-anti-forensics, blacklisted research, crafting digital munitions, defense strategy and tactics that actually work, tampering anti-tamper units, competitive barbecue and/or doping in professional sports. Topics outside the listed categories are accepted as long as you promise to share love and happiness.

The advisory board will be reviewing submissions until 2016-07-01.
First come, first served. Submissions will not be returned.

Quick facts for speakers

  • presentation length 60-120 minutes, in English
  • complimentary travel and accommodation for one person [4]
  • decent speaker hospitality benefits
  • no marketing or product propaganda

Still not sure if this is for you? Check out the blast from the past:
https://t2.fi/schedules/

ps. If you are one of those dedicated hardcore t2 visitors and want to ensure your place in the audience even before speakers are announced.. The registration is now open!

How to submit
Fill out the form at https://t2.fi/action/cfp

References
[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erwise
[1] http://www.visitfinland.com/article/10-sauna-tips-for-beginners/
[2] https://www.google.com/search?q=site:oecd-nea.org+filetype:php
[3] With the exception of Charlier Miller and Chris Valasek
[4] Yes, we know

 

Call for Artists

t2 is looking for an artistically gifted professional interested in refreshing the visual brand language of the conference. The task entails renewing the whole look and creating online+offline assets accordingly.

Understanding what infosec events and the participants are all about is a plus. Throughout the past decade t2 has worked hard to provide a first class conference in an intimate setting – we’re taking that a step further by making everything more pleasing to the eye.

What is this all about ?

  • influence over visual identity (the t2 logo being the only exception)
  • ascii, RGB, CMYK
  • compensation provided (don’t expect platinum grills and a Maybach)
  • small gfx tasks every once in a while
  • fun times with the annual schwag extravaganza

Preferably you will have non-existent or very limited skills in developing weaponized multiplatform 0days for common picture formats.

If you know who Robert Bringhurst is, know demoscene, like stickers, prefer black or like old skool rap you’re given definite bonus points.

Those interested in applying, please e-mail to info-2016@lists.t2.fi with an application and a link to your drive-by ex^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H portfolio.

The deadline for applications is 2016-05-01 16:20 UTC+2

99 problems but a free ticket ain’t one

Three and half weeks until t2’15. We’re sold out but we didn’t sell out. The hard limit of 99 attendees is the corner stone of the conference and come hell or high water, it’s here to stay.

It’s also the reason we think now is a good time to remind those who plan on attending t2’16 to sneak those figures into next year’s budget. After that, it’s just a case of “We had this discussion last October” and “Our training budget accounts for t2, lobby bar and/or random 0day”. Some of the more veteran attendees have taken this a step further and just labeled the cost as threat intel. After all, it’s the one budget category where you can pour in money and nobody questions the spending or the results.

Speaking of money, we’d like to see Lester Freamon’s take on attribution when it comes to those annoyingly pedestrian toolkits.

Registration closed

The registration for t2’15 is now closed and all available tickets have been sold.

Yes – just like last year, we’re out of seats a month before the event. The only remaining ticket is the one awarded for the most elegant challenge write-up. It’s literally the last chance if you don’t have a ticket by now!

A big thank you to all registered attendees and speakers – you are making this happen. See you next month in Helsinki!

Electronic emanations explained

Some of us are young/old enough to have spent too much time browsing through Cryptome archives in the late 90s and being amazed by documents about ECHELON and TEMPEST. Yet, it only took a couple of decades to see those unravel before our very eyes.

Compared to many other security topics, open source information available on electromagnetic intelligence cannot be described as extensive nor comprehensive. Luckily, the talented researchers from Tel Aviv took public research to a new level by demonstrating their 300 USD pita bread.

The setup brings practical attacks to class rooms and coffee shops near you. This time paper and pencil are recommended for taking notes.