From Wikipedia: Jacob Appelbaum is an independent computer security researcher and hacker. He was employed by the University of Washington, and is a core member of the Tor project. Jacob is known for representing Wikileaks at the 2010 HOPE conference. He has subsequently been repeatedly targeted by US law enforcement agencies, who obtained a court order for his Twitter account data, detained him 12 times at the US border after trips abroad, and seized a laptop and several mobile phones.
Jacob, under the handle “ioerror”, has been an active member of the Cult of the Dead Cow hacker collective since 2008, and is the co-founder of the San Francisco hackerspace Noisebridge with Mitch Altman. He has worked for Greenpeace and has volunteered for the Ruckus Society and the Rainforest Action Network. He is also an ambassador for the art group monochrom.
Jacob is in Bangalore for a week. HasGeek and Tactical Technology Collective in association with the null — The Open Security Community are hosting Jacob for an evening of discussions on surveillance and privacy.
Surveillance and Privacy
We will open with Abhisek Datta from the null community. Abhisek will speak on Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). APT is a hot topic in Information Security. There is much talk about how APT is going to change threat perception and compel policy makers to include Cyber Threats in their respective National Security policies.
Abhisek's session will be a light talk on some of the well known APTs and will showcase some of the funny aspects of APT where a "PT" can lack the "A" part. Abhisek will also discuss frontline defences like antivirus solutions and how reliable they are against APT. Finally, Abhisek will end with some (possibly) interesting demonstrations of attacks and attack payloads.
After a brief break, Bhairav Acharya will introduce Jacob Appelbaum and the agenda for the evening. Jacob will speak about surveillance and privacy, the intersection between technology and politics, and his work over the last few years.