the Breakpoint 2014 brochure

8th and 9th October, 2014
InterContinental Rialto, Melbourne, Australia
Breakpoint is Australia’s leading technical IT security event.
The conference brings two days of seminars delivered by world-leading
experts, along with high quality training courses not usually available in
Australia. Industry leaders will provide participants with an over-the-horizon
view on a full range of emerging threats facing business and government.
Breakpoint also provides a platform to engage and collaborate with a broad
spectrum of like-minded industry professionals and an opportunity to gain
valuable face-time with international speakers.
Breakpoint is the only security event in Australia with a large number of high
calibre international speakers. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to
catch world-class experts right at your doorstep.
If you specialise in this industry then you cannot afford to miss this event.
Breakpoint is a world-class con where attendees can actually get access to the speakers. If you want to stay at the cutting edge
of information security, you need to go.
Patrick Gray,
Visiting Breakpoint kills two birds with one stone: you can meet star presenters of overseas conferences who will talk about
relevant, interesting and important (no fluff!) new research and at the same time show your boss you're being frugal by not
demanding a week in Vegas for Blackhat. I will attend again this year.
Vitaly Osipov, Security Engineering Team Lead, Atlassian
Learn from world class security researchers who have
been carefully selected as the best and brightest in their
respective �ields.
Expand upon your skills and knowledge and increase your
professional development. Be among the �irst to learn about
cutting edge security techniques.
Network with a broad spectrum of delegates, develop new
business opportunities, or �ind people to exchange ideas and
Gain exposure to new concepts which will help you to
discover and deliver solutions for real-world security
Engage and socialise with the speakers and delegates during
discussion sessions and the networking cocktail party event.
Save on your company travel and airfare budget by attending
a local conference with international quality.
The inaugural Breakpoint conference was an overall highly valuable conference that managed to fill
a void in the Australasian conference agenda. The number of high calibre speakers that presented
was something that had not been seen before in this area, and the organisers managed to arrange
speakers across a wide range of topics. If you specialise in this industry then you cannot afford to miss
the next one.
Brett Moore, Director, Insomnia Security
Topics covered at Breakpoint
Threat Intelligence
Mobile and Telecommunications Security
Banking and Payment Security
Hardware and Embedded Device Security
Exploitation Technologies Mitigation
Malware and Vulnerability Analysis
Reverse Engineering and Forensics
Data Breakches and Stolen Data Markets
Social Engineering
Neel Mehta
Stefan Esser
Neel Mehta is a world-renowned vulnerability
researcher and reverse engineer. He has discovered
many high-impact bugs, including Heartbleed. Neel
works at Google, where he studies state-sponsored
attacks and malware. Neel is the co-author of the
'The Shellcoder's Handbook: Discovering and
Exploiting Security Holes'.
At �irst glance, SSL / TLS stacks have taken a beating in 2014, some more
than others. TLS stacks are evolving rapidly. Public demand for encryption
is at a historical high, and understandably so. To use TLS at this scale
required protocol extensions and changes, with more on the way. New
features means new code, and sometimes new bugs, including Heartbleed.
From a bug hunter’s perspective, I’ll dissect and compare TLS stacks, with
an emphasis on implementation errors (both historical and modern). I’ll
also examine their relative structure, feature set, and coding styles,
highlighting the attack surfaces and details that matter most.
Stefan Esser is best known in the security
community as the PHP security guy. Since he became
a PHP core developer in 2002 he devoted a lot of
time to PHP and PHP application vulnerability
research. However in his early days he released lots
of advisories about vulnerabilities in software like
CVS, Samba, OpenBSD or Internet Explorer. In 2003
he was the �irst to boot Linux directly from the hard
disk of an unmodi�ied XBOX through a buffer over�low in the XBOX font
loader. In 2004 he founded the Hardened-PHP Project to develop a more
secure version of PHP, known as Hardened-PHP, which evolved into the
Suhosin PHP Security System in 2006. Since 2007 he works as head of
research and development for the German web application company
SektionEins GmbH that he co-founded.
In 2010 and 2011 he got a lot of attention for presenting about iPhone
security topics and supplying the jailbreaking scene with an exploit that
survived multiple updates by Apple.
Is the discovery of implementation �laws really accelerating? Are some TLS
stacks riskier than others, and why? Where are the rest of the bugs buried?
Mathew Solnik and Marc Blanchou
Brian Gorenc and Jasiel Spelman
Mathew Solnik works in consulting and research
with Accuvant LABS. Mathew's primary focus is in
the mobile, M2M, and embedded space specializing
in cellular network, hardware level, and OS level
security. Prior to joining LABS, Mathew helped
design and build an automated mobile threat and
malware analysis platform for use in the Enterprise
and Defense space.
Brian Gorenc is the Manager of Vulnerability
Research in HP's Security Research organization
where his primary responsibility is running the
world's largest vendor-agnostic bug bounty
program, the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). He's
analyzed and performed root cause analysis on
hundreds of zero-day vulnerabilities submitted by
ZDI researchers from around the world.
Since the introduction of the smart phone, the issue of control has entered
a new paradigm. Manufacturers and Enterprises have claimed control over
not just how your phone operates, but the software that is allowed to run on
it. However, few people know that Service Providers have a hidden and
pervasive level of control over your device. Someone with knowledge of
these controls and the right techniques could potentially leverage them for
cellular exploitation on a global scale.
Attacking the modern browser and its plugins is becoming harder. Vendors
are employing numerous mitigation technologies to increase the cost of
exploit development. An attacker is now forced to uncover multiple
vulnerabilities to gain privileged-level code execution on his targets. Our
journey begins at the sandbox and investigates some of the more obscure
techniques used to violate this trust boundary.
In this presentation, we will discuss and disclose how Over-the-Air code
execution can be obtained on the major cellular platforms and networks
(GSM/CDMA/LTE). Including but not limited to Android, iOS, Blackberry,
and Embedded M2M Devices. You will come away from this talk armed with
detailed insight into these hidden control mechanisms. We will also release
open source tools to help assess and protect from the new threats this
hidden attack surface presents. These tools will include the ability to
dynamically test proprietary system applications and simulate different
aspects of a cellular environment.
Our presentation will examine four bypass techniques successfully used in
winning entries at this year's Pwn2Own contest. We will analyze the attack
vector used, root causes, and possible �ixes for each technique. These
uncommon, yet highly effective, approaches have been used to bypass the
most advanced application sandboxes in use today, and understanding
them will provide a unique perspective for those working to �ind and verify
such bypasses.
Joe Fitzpatrick
Mike Bond
Joe is an Instructor, Consultant, and Researcher at Joe specializes in low-cost
attacks, hardware tools, and hardware design for
security. Previously, he spent 8 years doing
test/debug and hardware pen-testing of desktop
and server microprocessors, as well as conducting
security validation training for hardware
validators worldwide.
Hardware hacks tend to focus on low-speed (jtag, uart) and external
(network, usb) interfaces, and PCI Express is typically neither. After a crash
course in PCIe Architecture, we'll demonstrate a handful of hacks showing
how pull PCIe outside of your system case and add PCIe slots to systems
without them, including embedded platforms. We'll top it off with a
demonstration of SLOTSCREAMER, an inexpensive device we've con�igured
to access memory and IO, cross-platform and transparent to the OS - all by
design with no 0-day needed. The open hardware and software framework
that we will release will expand your NSA Playset with the ability to tinker
with DMA attacks to read memory, bypass software and hardware security
measures, and directly attack other hardware devices in the system.
Anyone who has installed a graphics card has all the hardware experience
necessary to enjoy this talk and start playing NSA at home!
Mike Bond is a visiting researcher at University of
Cambridge where he did a PhD in computer
security, specialising in the security of Hardware
Security Modules and banking systems. He
currently works full time in industry for
Cryptomathic Ltd, a supplier of authentication and
security software for banks, including for EMV card
issuance and authorisation.
EMV is the world's most widely deployed payment framework, and is a
growing target for fraud. The speaker reviews the important attacks on
EMV found in the last ten years, describes his own research on skimming
cards with the pre-play attack, and using chip cards without PINs. The talk
discusses the economic and technical reasons for the failures and discusses
how to go about detecting and �ixing them in real banking systems.
Corey Kallenberg
Dr. Thomas Holt
Corey Kallenberg is a Security Researcher for The
MITRE Corporation who has spent several years
investigating operating system and �irmware
security on Intel computers. In 2013, he helped
discover critical problems with current implementations of the Trusted Computing Group's "Static
Root of Trust for Measurement" and co-presented
this work at NoSuchCon and Black Hat USA.
Dr. Thomas Holt is an Associate Professor in the
School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State
University specializing in cybercrime, policing, and
policy. He received his Ph. D. in Criminology and
Criminal Justice from the University of
Missouri-Saint Louis in 2005. He has published
extensively on cybercrime and cyberterror with
over 35 peer-reviewed article.
The UEFI speci�ication has more tightly coupled the bonds of the operating
system and the platform �irmware by providing the well-de�ined "runtime
services" interface between the operating system and the �irmware.
Since the TJX corporation revealed a massive data breach in 2007, incidents
of mass data compromise have grabbed media attention. The substantial
loss of customer data and resulting fraud have seemingly become more
common, including the announcement of the Target and Neiman Marcus
compromises in 2013. As a result, the social and technical sciences are
increasingly examining the market for data resale which is driven in part by
these data breaches.
This interface is more expansive than the interface that existed in the days
of conventional BIOS, which has inadvertently increased the attack surface
against the platform �irmware. Furthermore, Windows 8 has introduced
APIs that allow accessing this UEFI interface from a userland process.
Vulnerabilities in this interface can potentially allow a userland process to
escalate its privileges from "ring 3" all the way up to that of the platform
�irmware, which includes permanently attaining control of the verypowerful System Management Mode (SMM).
This talk will disclose two of these vulnerabilities that were discovered in
the Intel provided UEFI reference implementation, and detail the unusual
techniques needed to successfully exploit them.
This presentation will explore the economy and organizational composition of stolen data markets through qualitative and quantitative analyses of
a sample of threads from 13 Russian and English language forums involved
in the sale of stolen data. We present estimates for the costs of various
forms of data, and examine the relationship between various social and
market conditions and the advertised price for dumps and other �inancial
data. The policy implications of this study for consumers, law enforcement,
and security analysts will be discussed in depth.
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Attendance to Breakpoint conference
Breakpoint branded bag including program and
sponsor inserts
Breakpoint branded polo shirt
Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on Wednesday
and Thursday
Breakpoint delegate and speaker cocktail party
Fees Per Delegate
All prices include GST.
Early Bird Rate
(Ends July 15)
Standard Rate
(Ends September 15)
Late Rate
(Ends October 7)
Group Rate (12 or more)
$1,496 (15% discount)
$1,683 (15% discount)
$1,963.50 (15% discount)
Group Rate (6-11 delegates)
$1,584 (10% discount)
$1,782 (10% discount)
* Delegates must be from same organisation and registrations must be submitted together.
$2,079 (10% discount)
The InterContinental (The Rialto)
495 Collins Street
Melbourne, Australia
Located on legendary Collins Street in the heart of the Central Business
District, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is one of the city’s leading
world-class hotels. Steps away is the vibrant Southbank, the Yarra River, the
ever changing Docklands, leading tourist attractions, exclusive shops and
boutiques and some of the best restaurants this cosmopolitan city has to
Completed in 1891 when Melbourne was the richest city in the world, the
Rialto is as grand today as it was back then. The hotel’s elegant rooms blend
style with comfort. Beyond your guestroom, discover the outstanding Alluvial Restaurant, Rialto Bluestone Bar and Market Lane Bar.
11th – 12th October
CQ Function Centre, Melbourne
Ruxcon is a larger and more casual conference run over a
weekend and can be likened to an Australian version of
Established in 2003, Ruxcon is a conference organised by and
for the Australian computer security community. It is an
attempt to bring together the individual talents of the
Australian scene, through live presentations, activities, and
demonstrations. Ruxcon has grown to become one of the
largest security get-togethers running in the southern
The conference is held over two days in a relaxed and informal
atmosphere, allowing delegates to enjoy themselves whilst
expanding their knowledge on security. More than 25
Australian and New Zealand speakers are expected to join the
conference along with an attendance of 600-650 delegates.
Presentations will include in-depth talks on varying subject
matter. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet new
people, both socially and through some friendly rivalry, during
many of the activities and competitions. These activities will
allow novices to improve their basic skills, while experts can
test their skills against their peers, with everyone having the
opportunity of winning prizes.