NorthSec 2021

Malware & geopolitics
2021-05-21, 11:25–12:05, Main stream

Q&A and discussion for the malware block, hosted and moderated by Marc-Etienne M. Léveillé. Questions will be gathered from the audience during the four prior talks.


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Warren Mercer joined Talos coming from a network security background, having previously worked for other vendors and the financial sector. Focusing on security research and threat intelligence, Warren finds himself in the deep, dark and dirty areas of the Internet and enjoys the thrill of the chase when it comes to tracking down new malware and the bad guys! Warren has spent time in various roles throughout his career, ranging from NOC engineer to leading teams of other passionate security engineers. Warren enjoys keeping up to speed with all the latest security trends, gadgets and gizmos; anything that makes his life easier in work helps!

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Vitor Ventura is a Cisco Talos security researcher. Has a researcher, he investigated and published various articles on emerging threats. Most of the days Vitor is hunting for threats, investigating, them reversing code but also looking for the geopolitical and/or economic context that better suits them. Vitor has been a speaker in conferences, like NorthSec, Virus Bulletin, Recon Brussels, Defcon Crypto Village and BSides Lisbon and oPorto among others. Prior to that he was IBM X-Force IRIS European manager where he was lead responder on several high profile organizations affected by the WannaCry and NotPetya infections, helping to determine the extent of the damage and to define the recovery path. Before that he did penetration testing at IBM X-Force Red, where Vitor lead flagship projects like Connected Car assessments and Oil and Gas ICS security assessments, custom mobile devices among other IoT security projects. Vitor holds multiple security related certifications like GREM (GIAC Reverse Engineer Malware), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager).

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David Hétu est cofondateur et chef de la recherche de Flare Systems. David est titulaire d'un doctorat en criminologie de l'Université de Montréal. Ses principaux intérêts de recherche portent sur les marchés illicites en ligne et l’impact de la technologie sur la criminalité, que ce soit du point de vue des délinquants ou du point de vue du législateur. Les recherches de David ont été publiées dans les plus grandes revues académiques (ex. British Medical Journal) et présentées lors de conférences de premier plan (Botconf, HOPE). Il est régulièrement invité à partager son analyse de la cybercriminalité dans les médias. David a développé l'outil logiciel DATACRYPTO pour surveiller les activités des délinquants sur le darknet et a codéveloppé l'outil logiciel BitCluster pour suivre les transactions de cryptomonnaies.

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Security Researcher at Imperva for the last 3 years & 2 years as a database security & complience expert.
Web application vulnerability research & analysis.
Database Security & Web Application Security.
Data & Information Security, Compliance and Regulations.
Risk Management, Vulnerability Assessments and Scanning.

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Sam Quinn is a Security Researcher on McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team , focused on finding new vulnerabilities in both software and hardware. Sam has a focus on IOT and embedded devices with knowledge in the fields of reverse engineering and penetration testing.

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Security researcher at Imperva for the last 5 years in web application and cloud data security and for 5 years as a security analyst.
Analyse CVEs and threats in web applications and cloud environment.
Develop algorithms to detect and protect against attacks.

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