Recon 2011 (a late retrospective)

November 28, 2011
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In July 2011, Beans gave a talk at ReCon in Montreal, CA entitled “Hardware Hacking for Software People“. This year ReCon broke away from its more humble conference venue roots, took corporate sponsorship, and upgraded the venue to a MUCH nicer hotel. (After last year’s debacles, I think Hugo and Dave decided it was just […]

Hardware Hacking for Software People

August 25, 2011
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For most of my career as a software developer/security researcher I’ve romanticized ‘hardware hacking’. In my late teens and early twenties as I was learning about software development and software security I would occasionally buy Nuts and Volts from Microcenter and read Karl Lunt‘s Amateur Robotics column. Having devoured William Gibson‘s oeuvre in my late […]

INFILTRATE 2011

July 27, 2011
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Beans recently (okay, it was MONTHS ago and I had this post pending in review since then) attended the Immunity INFILTRATE Conference in South Beach Miami, as well as the MASTER CLASS HACKING TRAINING.  Unfortunately this Stephen rarely (if ever) takes photos of anything, so you won’t see pictures of Internet superstar hackers here. Instead […]

SMT Solvers Summerschool at MIT

June 20, 2011
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Earlier this summer Beans attended the weeklong SMT Solver Summer school held at MIT campus in Boston, Mass. Over the last few years having seen some of the presentations by Pablo Sole on DEPLIB, blogposts by Sean Heelan, and having messed around a little bit with the REIL in BinNavi we were really curious to get a […]

SummerC0n 2011 retrospektiv

June 11, 2011
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This summer Beans had the honor of speaking at SummerC0n in NYC. At SummerCon 2011 we debut’d a talk on Hardware Reverse Engineering with the help of Rajendra Umadras of Intrepidus Group. (This talk was given later in the summer at Recon 2011). SummerC0n is one of the older (maybe one of the oldest) “grassroots” infosec conferences with […]

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Greyhat Ruby (Source Boston)

April 27, 2011
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In 2011, I (Stephen A. Ridley) don’t plan on attending too many conferences that require far away travel for many reasons. 1) My work isn’t as interesting anymore ;-( and 2) I can’t travel as easily with Sammiches. With Boston being in the northeast (close to us) we decided we’d try SourceBoston out for the […]

Why Spam Looks Like That (Part 1): A Laymen’s peek into Natural Language Processing, Statistics, and Neural Networks

February 1, 2011
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I had always wondered why spam looked the way it did. Is it written by people in the third world that don’t really know English? Why does the sentence structure look kinda correct but not quite?  Do people really click the links in blogspam? What is all this hubbub about SEO? In this two part […]

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