November 2012 Archives

A few pictures of Helsinki

I'm back from learning to be a hacker in Helsinki, which was actually very interesting, particularly with regards to advanced evasion techniques. Thanks to Stonesoft and Harvard for organising it all.

As with most press trips, I didn't get to see much of the host city, but I did get to see a little on the first day. No snow, but Christmas has definitely arrived, as have the Moomins.




Moomins in Helsinki airport

Here's a sad sight – students (or protestors) have defaced the beautiful Technical University of Athens, albeit in a good cause:

Grafitti on the University of Athens

Athens, the Parthenon and more

We were on holiday in Athens for a few days last week, which not only gave me a chance to try out some of my Greek – now in my fourth year, this time with CityLit – but to see some wonderful sights. Here's just four:

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

The Erechtheion


The Temple of Olympian Zeus


The Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium

I'm off to Helsinki for a couple of days next week with Stonesoft to learn how to be a hacker (kind of). Here's the itinerary so if you happen to be an editor, maybe there's something you might be interested in commissioning (hint, hint):

Brief introduction to The HACK THE LAB experience
Dive deep into hackers' minds and motives - 60-minute presentation on the latest global trends in hacking: nationalisation, industrialisation and hacktivism.

The HACK THE LAB experience starts
Introduction to hacker tools and techniques (30 min) - a hands-on, step-by-step guide to the most common current techniques - and how to mitigate risk and protect against them.

Let's hack! It's your turn. We have created three typical hacking scenarios to cover the typical motives of cyber-crime, hacktivism and advanced nation-state hacking. With real-life simulations and technical guidance you can experience how it feels to hack and to be hacked.

  1. E-crime: Hacking into a database to steal user account data and credit card information.
  2. Hacktivism: Spying and loss of privacy - hacking into personal computers to take total control.
  3. Nation state cyber-attack: Hacking into critical infrastructure to disturb the supply of utility services and demonstrate the potential effects on people and society.

After the Hack the Lab experience you can book one-on-one discussions with Stonesoft experts about the threat landscape, Advanced Evasion Techniques and any other IT security issues which are currently on your agenda.

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