Carry on tradition

Having recently returned from the warmer parts of EMEA, where nights are warm and days even warmer, the importance of having friends and making new ones seems somehow topical. Global and regional geopolitics get a new meaning, when you can enjoy pleasant discussions with people having a local insight. The often-repeated-cliché of travel widening your horizons certainly holds true, but only if you get away from hotel and airport lounges to spend enough time in one place to really soak in the surroundings.

Historically, Helsinki has been the host city for all kinds of talks, and in many ways, t2 follows those traditions. We cater to an all-encompassing audience, where everybody is welcome regardless of a funny hat they might wear. One person’s ethical choice is another’s livelihood, and yesterday’s break-up/bankruptcy/allsafe is today’s comeback tour/hottest startup/evilcorp.

Just like a good foothold inside a Jenkins server gives you the keys to the kingdom, allocating an annual training budget for t2 is a good investment, if you prefer meeting fantastic people, exchanging intel^H^H^H^H^Hknowledge, and learning from world class research. This year there are also other interesting opportunities around t2 in Helsinki – a sauna day opening the doors of private homes for sauna visits and a whole event dedicated just to salty liquorice.

What more could you ask from an infosec conference?

ps. Don’t forget to include lobby bar expenses in your training cost estimates!

t2’16 schedule now online

Where did the last 365 days go? Time flies when you’re up all night cybering, and t2’16 is now just around the corner. The schedule for this year has been released, and we’ve reserved one slot for a wildcard – stay tuned for updates.

This week’s nation-state hackback / Counter Computer Network Exploitation / HUMINT op who-knows-what makes Peter Kosinar’s talk on Thursday more than relevant. We promise this is a total co-incidence! To prevent your C&C business intelligence server from getting compromised, coming early enough to check out the keynote is a good idea.

While t2-as-a-Service is not yet on our drawing board, opening up the registration together with the CFP seemed to be a popular move. Around 30% tickets were sold over the summer, and based on purchasing patterns of previous years, majority will be sold during the next 4-6 weeks. Last year was sold out a month before the conference – if you want to confirm your attendance, now is the time to do so.

As always, creating a conference schedule from CFP entries is not as easy as one might think. Balancing the content to cater to a varied audience means, unfortunately, leaving out quality submissions. The Advisory Board would like to thank each and everyone who submitted a talk this year – a conference is nothing without the speakers.

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.

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.