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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

t2'15 schedule now online

So many CFP entries, so little time. The schedule for 2015 is ready
and finalized, and as always, we’re pretty excited! There’s a mix of
high level and low level, offense and defense, cocktails and
networking. ..and by the way, our keynote speaker is @headhntr.

This year we’re continuing the tradition of not having dedicated
tracks – therefore Thursday’s string of OPSEC presentations is just a glitch in the random number generator. The same glitch also caused Alexander Bolshev and Boris Ryutin to receive two one hour slots for their exploit development workshop. AVR microcontrollers have never been this interesting!

As anybody who’s been to security conferences during the last decade knows, it takes something special to have a solid fuzzing presentation – Nils‘ “Windows kernel fuzzing” definitely
hits the mark. Speaking of awesomeness previously available only with nation state budgets, the guys from Tel Aviv university are
demonstrating what EMSEC means in practice. You probably want to take notes with pencil and paper this time.

The hard limit of 99 attendees (including the speakers and t2 staff)
is again in full effect. No exceptions, no excuses. Early registration
is definitely recommended. As always, t2’15 will take place in Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Helsinki.

Fortuna Huiusce Diei

Making predictions is easy when you have friends in low places. They indeed helped us secure a solid 5/5 performance for our 2015
predictions already during H1. It’s all about making your own luck –
Lady Fortune is not that random when you know what’s happening in the operational area.

To summarize what has happened during the past few months:

This brings us to the CFP – it’s still open a couple of weeks and waiting for your submissions. If you want to present your research to a technical audience, enjoy cold weather in Helsinki and/or meet hacker-minded people from all over the world, t2 is definitely your conference.

The registration will open soon after the first rounds of CFP has been accepted. Last year we sold all of the seats well before the event – if you are looking to buy 5 or more tickets, please contact us now.