ATM Hacking to be Demonstrated and Mobile Calls to be Intercepted Live on Stage

By United Business Media ubm Middle East, PRNE
Saturday, October 30, 2010

ABU DHABI, UAE, October 31, 2010 - Distinguished experts will be taking the stage at Black Hat
Abu Dhabi running from the 8th - 11th of November at Emirates Palace, Abu
to discuss and demonstrate some of the major security concerns faced by
the IT world.

To increase understanding, delegates at Black Hat Abu Dhabi
will not only hear about security threats but will witness them first hand as
skilled security consultants and researchers, brought in from across the
globe, attempt to hack ATM machines, mobile phones and computers.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) represented
by the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), in cooperation with
Khalifa University of Science and Technology with UBM, have brought Black Hat
to the Middle East, recognising the importance of increasing online security.
All of the speakers that have been invited to appear at Black Hat Abu Dhabi
are leaders in their field, consulting for many multi-national corporations.

Barnaby Jack, Director of Research at IOActive Labs, has
previously appeared at Black Hat Las Vegas to much acclaim. Jack will be
speaking at Black Hat Abu Dhabi and commented on his planned demo: "Last
year, there was one ATM; this year, I'm doubling down and bringing two new
model ATMs from two major vendors. I will demonstrate both local and remote
attacks, and I will reveal a multi-platform ATM rootkit. Finally, I will
discuss protection mechanisms that ATM manufacturers can implement to
safeguard against these attacks."

The Grugq is a pioneering information security researcher with
over a decade of professional experience and will be presenting a briefing
titled 'Base Jumping: Attacking GSM Base Station Systems and mobile phone
Base Bands', where the two main components of the attack system will be
demoed - malicious basestations and malicious basebands. The base station
enables fuzzing mobile phone basebands, as well as other attacks. The
baseband is used to test the GSM network equipment for flaws, as well as to
exploit backend systems.

Stephen A. Ridley, Senior Researcher, Matasano Security, will
discuss and demonstrate practical techniques for the evasion and escape of
"Sand-boxing" technologies. Many techniques have been discussed but only
vaguely at popular security conferences. Very little *actual* code and
demonstrations have been performed. This presentation will consist mostly of
demonstrations and review of actual code.

Another key presenter will be Zane Lackey, Senior Security
Consultant with iSEC Partners, who will be holding a seminar titled "Why You
Can't Trust Mobile Phone Networks for Critical Infrastructure"; during this
he will intercept live phone calls on stage and explain how hackers can track
user locations, potentially forge software updates or directly compromise
mobile devices. Lackey will also demonstrate steps individuals and
organizations can take to fortify their mobile security.

Black Hat Abu Dhabi will take place from 8th to 11th November
at the Emirates Palace, and will include a wide variety of intensive
technical presentations delivered by the leading thinkers of the information
security world. The event will also provide hands-on, multi-day training
sessions on the latest in IT security trends and techniques, while the Black
Hat Briefings will offer an opportunity for industry experts to share their
experience and knowledge with other professionals.

For more information or to register your interest please
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Individuals, associations, government bodies, academic
institutions and companies interested in finding out more about Black Hat Abu
Dhabi should contact the organisers, UBM Middle East for information, on
+971-2-406-4471 or email

Black Hat briefings and training is the largest and most
important security conference series in the world. Black Hat Abu Dhabi is
organised by UBM Middle East on behalf of TechWeb, a division of United
Business Media.

For media information and media registration contact:

Abdul Karim Samaan, Grayling Momentum, or +971-4-390-1630

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