How was t2’14, really?

Year after year we hear stories about people who annually almost attend t2. The intention is always there, but when the time comes to register for the event, they find themselves in the middle of a floppy disk inventory or some other significant crisis at (work|home|garden).

The question for many of these people then remains – was it any good, should I attend next year? The advisory board is certainly too biased to answer this question; we are like winemakers who think each year qualifies as a vintage. The regulars and other long-time conference goers gladly reminisce past events, while wearing some obscure and highly collectible t-shirt from ’04. In our view, a first time speaker’s opinion is probably a good objective yardstick.

Patrick Wardle, flying half-way across the globe to deliver two talks in the cold and snowy Helsinki, was kind enough to share his experiences in this Synack lab’s blog post. For other t2 coverage, see #t2infosec on Twitter

t2’14 Challenge winners

Ludvig Strigeus (Investigator1) from Sweden was the second one to solve the t2’14 Challenge but the first one to claim the prize. Well done Ludde! Congratulations!

This time it proved pretty difficult to pick the second winner as the submissions were of very high quality. After careful consideration we chose Vladimir Gneushev from Russia. His write-up will be published after the conference so you’ll have a change to evaluate his submission yourself.

Congratulations to both winners! We would also like to thank each one of you who participated – especially those who made it to top 20 – you guys rock! Last but not least. if you have an interesting idea for t2’15 Challenge, please let us know – authors get a free admission to the conference among other perks 😉

Speaking of talent. Our friends at McAfee would like to chime in.

t2 is all about networking and meeting with the right people. We at McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security company, are looking for new talent to join us in our quest to keep the connected world safe – time to talk? Ask us more @ t2 or check out our open positions!

Hardware hacking hamlet at t2’14

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how the electronic gadgets you use daily actually work or you’re a master of reverse engineering integrated circuits, you will love the “hardware hacking hamlet”!

Come join us during breaks and try your hand at soldering or get a personalized mini-workshop on how to reverse engineer hardware.

Bring your own electronic gadgets to take apart or portable lab equipment to show off and let’s learn more about electronics hardware together while totally missing out on all the coffee and biscuits!

t2’14 is sold out

This is just a quick note to let you know that we have closed the registration as t2’14 is sold out.

Effectively this means that unless somebody cancels we don’t have any tickets left.

t2’14 Challenge write-up submission deadline is 2014-09-28 10:00 EEST

This is just a short note to let you know that the deadline for t2’14 Challenge write-up submissions is 2014-09-28 10:00 EEST, after which the creators of the Challenge will select the winner.

Please remember that the criteria for the selection is the elegance of the answer. The solution must include a detailed description of methods and tools used. If you don’t know the definition of elegance – please check out the winning write-ups from previous years.

t2’14 Challenge hint: Easter egg

We now accept few different hashes for one of the easter eggs. If you think you did find an egg but the hash got rejected, please try again – it might actually work now 🙂

Hat tip to Peter Kosinar for pointing this out.

t2’14 Challenge winner does not want to claim his prize

Peter Kosinar from Slovakia was the first one to solve the t2’14 Challenge. The speed that he pulled off the Challenge was absolutely amazing. One could easily think that Mr. Kosinar has solved some other challenges in the past 🙂

But wait, that’s not all. He does not want to claim his prize, so we have agreed that we will post his name to the hall of fame (which he definitely deserves) but the game is still on. Two tickets on the table – go for it!