2013 FIRST Conference

Two members of OxCERT attended the 25th annual conference of FIRST (Forum of Incidence Response and Security Teams) held at the Conrad Hotel in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand. This year’s hosts were ThaiCERT, the Electronic Transactions Development Agency and the Ministry … Continue reading

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FIRST Technical Colloquium, Amsterdam: day two

For the first day of the meeting, see http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/oxcert/2013/04/18/first-tc-ams1/. The second day began with a talk by Martijn van der Heide of KPN-CERT on information sharing following a botnet takedown. This led to considerable discussion as to what actions were … Continue reading

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FIRST Technical Colloquium, Amsterdam: day one

Last week one of us attended a FIRST technical colloquium, generously hosted by Cisco in their offices in the suburbs of Amsterdam. Somewhat unusually, this was the second FIRST TC of the year to be held in Europe; nevertheless the … Continue reading

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FIRST TC 2013 (Lisbon)

During late January one member of OxCERT were able to attend the annual spring Technical Colloquium organised jointly by FIRST and TF-CSIRT. This event provides opportunity to meet up with, hear presentations from, and discuss matters of interest with a … Continue reading

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2012 FIRST Conference

Two members of OxCERT attended the annual conference of FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams). This year it was held in the Hilton Hotel in St. Julian’s, Malta. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Portomaso waterfront in … Continue reading

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2011 FIRST Conference: Friday

The final day of the conference began with Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure exploring the history of PC-based malware, beginning with the Brain virus in 1986, and moving towards the threats posed by ransomware, social network-based attacks. He also looked at … Continue reading

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2011 FIRST Conference: Thursday

Thursday morning commenced with a presentation from Marc Feidt of the European Commission, talking about the EU’s vision for a more IT enabled society in order to enable economic growth, a reduction in poverty and their climate change goals. They … Continue reading

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2011 FIRST Conference: Wednesday

Wednesday’s sessions began with a very engaging, entertaining and informative talk from Rob Thomas, founder of Team Cymru, a group with which we co-operate closely. The talk commenced with a brief overview of his history, how he became involved in … Continue reading

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2011 FIRST Conference: Tuesday

Tuesday’s sessions commenced with a look at rogue pharmacy sites by Brian Krebs, well known for his column Krebs On Security. He explored the history of some of the major players in this black-market industry, including some of the other … Continue reading

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2011 FIRST Conference: Monday

Monday saw the first full day of the conference.  After some opening remarks, the morning consisted of two plenary talks, the first by Peter Zinn of the Netherlands National Crime Squad.  His presentation concentrated on some of the cybercrime cases … Continue reading

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