Help the Security Effort By Becoming an IoT Researcher

Help the Security Effort By Becoming an IoT Researcher

For UK users concerned about their connected devices leaking personal data, help may be on the way. Fed up with the Internet of things (IoT) industry’s failure to self regulate, the UK government is preparing to govern the privacy and security consumer of devices itself. It just released a consultation document that lays out a […]

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Here's How We Know Exactly What Alexa Is Hearing

Here’s How We Know Exactly What Alexa Is Hearing

When you talk to Amazon’s Alexa, it isn’t only a cloud-based digital assistant that listens. This week, Bloomberg reported that humans are listening in on your Alexa recordings to better train the system. These workers include not just full-time Amazon employees, but international contractors. They even have online chat rooms where they replay the recordings […]

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Why Hackers Love Lock Picking So Much

What is it with hackers and lock picking? Lock picking workshops have sprung up at various conferences including Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE), DEF CON, and of course our own SecTor conference. For years now, Schuyler Towne has been visiting Toronto each fall to help attendees learn how to break a variety of locks with […]

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This Hacker Could Pwn Your Home Network in 60 Seconds

This Man Can Hack Your Home Network in 62 Seconds

When you next go to watch Game of Thrones on your Chromecast, don’t be surprised if you see something entirely unexpected pop up on your screen instead. Tripwire’s principal security researcher Craig Young took some time away from running the IoT Hack Lab at SecTor 2018 to show us how someone could get inside your […]

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How Browser Extensions Can Ruin Your Life

How Browser Extensions Can Ruin Your Life

You may trust your browser, but do you trust what it’s running? At SecTor 2018, threat intelligence specialist Lilly Chalupowski demonstrated why you shouldn’t. Browser extensions are the small applications that your browser installs to provide extra features. These can do anything from translating web sites to letting you download videos from streaming sites. These […]

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What Happens To Your Bitcoin After You Die

What Happens To Your Bitcoin After You Die?

Your last will and testament used to focus on things like physical property and cash in the bank. Now in a world of digital assets, that’s all changing. Jennifer Robertson should know. She was the partner of Canadian cryptocurrency entrepreneur Gerald Cotten. Cotten, who founded cryptocurrency exchange QuadricaCX, passed away in India in early December […]

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Brian Bourne

SecTor 2019 CFP Selection Process

An update from Brian Bourne, director and co-founder of Black Arts Illuminated Inc. We are regularly asked how to have a talk accepted at SecTor. We strive to give every submission the diligence it deserves and as the conference has grown, we have moved from simple email submissions to a submission portal at cfp.sector.ca. The […]

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Here's What To Know About Cybersecurity in 2019

Here’s What To Know About Cybersecurity in 2019

It’s 2019, and the cybersecurity landscape is more volatile than ever. Data breaches are increasing in number and size as the battle for valuable customer records heats up. Cybersecurity professionals are having to rethink the way that they protect their organizations against attackers, using a combination of tools and techniques to shore up their defences. […]

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Capture the Flag at SecTor 2018

Our friends at Nuix put together an amazing Capture the Flag (CtF) contest at SecTor 2018. For those of you who attempted and succeeded, congratulations. There were numerous participants but only a select few made it to the finish line. For those who attempted but were unable to finish, or you didn’t know where to start, the […]

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Stories From the Founder of ShmooCon

Stories from the Founder of ShmooCon

Bruce Potter has had a more eclectic career than most in cybersecurity. He has run an Alaskan ISP on a shoestring and walked the halls of government contractors, where everything had to be signed in triplicate. In the meantime, he’s visited pretty much everywhere else in between. He also runs popular security conference ShmooCon when he […]

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Keren Elazari - How Hackers Are Changing the World Together

How Hackers Are Changing the World Together

Keren Elazari has spent her life researching and participating in hacker communities. The Israeli-born cybersecurity expert, a senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, founded BSides Tel Aviv and is a strong advocate for those ethical hackers who break things to make them stronger. Her keynote address at SecTor 2018 focused […]

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