ON SUNDAY, the Capital hosted an international hackers’ conference where blackhat hackers discussed the challenges of cyber safety with govt. security agencies. The conference showcased new security solution ideas that will help consumers, small and large businesses as well as the Government to secure and manage their information against risks more completely and efficiently than any other.
Post lunch session started with The Organizers of The Hackers Conference presented a session on the current state of Cyber warfare in the world, Emerging Cyber threats and threats of future. In this session organizers presented their research finding about Cyber espionage around the world. The session also had some practical demonstration of increasing influence of Social Engineering into innovative ways of hacking in present times. The organisers hacked into several mobile through a public mobile charging station.
The objective of The Hackers Conference was to provide a common platform to hackers along with govt. official and policymakers wherein both could showcase their expertise. And the knowledge of hackers get recognition and be used by cyber crime specialists not just to check crime but also to generate positive ideas in the field of internet security. Following this belief there were next keynote speakers like Vineeta Thakur DIG, Economic Offense cell CBI. To give us a clear perspective on Cyber crime and policies to curb it there was none other than Dr. S. C Mishra, Additional DCP, Delhi Police.
The there was a session on Androids titled All your Droids belong to me: A look into Mobile Security in 2012. And to present this we have Aditya Gupta and Subho Halder. Aditya Gupta- a well known Mobile Security Researcher and Penetration Tester. His main expertise includes Exploiting Web Applications, Evading Firewalls and Exploit Research. Aditya is responsible for the discovery of serious vulnerabilities in websites such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Skype, Adobe, and a variety of other major software technologies. Aditya has worked on many Android security projects and has been a frequent speaker at many conferences. While Subho is a Programmer, Security Researcher and Penetration Tester. He loves writing exploits and programming in PHP, Java, Perl and Python. He is well equipped and has a deep understanding of Android and Blackberry frameworks. Together they gave an inside view on how the black-hat underground hackers use this, to earn 5-6 digit income per month!
Next was a technical session. Titled: Browser Kung-Fu. Web browsers started off with a single process, single thread model. However, the web has evolved from being document-centric to becoming application-centric. This gave rise to problems of stability, performance and security. Dev Kar: A security researcher and the Co-Founder of XYsecurity- demonstrated use of a browser bug using which could steal all the contacts in a users Google talk gadget profile.
Going forward on the technical session. There was Android Spy Agent and to present it was Mahesh Rakheja. With the Android spy agent application he demonstrated how one can remotely access the entire victim’s personal information and even the confidential data available in the android cell phone like contacts, call logs, messages, browser’s history, GPS location and many more. For all smart phone users that was goose-bump stuff as he hacked into audience's gmail accounts.