All posts by Henri Lindberg

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.

t2’15 Challenge to be released 2015-09-19 10:00 EEST

Last year’s crowdsourcing effort was a definite success and that inspired us to go for a crowdsourced cryptanalysis mission.

Background

After last year’s t2 we spent the cold winter months browsing through online auctions for historical data processing equipment. Just like LinkedIn profiles revealing sensitive projects and inside information, old devices and mass storage units can be a treasure trove for the lucky.

The mystery box we received in the mail is suspected to be a part of secure communication infrastructure between nation states. After hard work and tedious efforts, we managed to extract an executable from the device for analysis.

Details

The first person to recover all content will win a free ticket to t2’15 conference. In addition to this, the creators of the Challenge will select another winner among the next ten correct answers. The criteria for the other selection is the elegance of the answer. In short, you can win with both speed and style.

The Challenge will be released on 2015-09-19 10:00 EEST right here at t2.fi