[Owasp-rhodeisland] OWASP RI: July 29 - Defending Against Doxxing

Patrick Laverty patrick.laverty at owasp.org
Mon Jul 27 12:34:09 UTC 2015


Hi all,

Just a reminder about this week's OWASP RI meeting. If you plan to attend
and haven't done your RSVP yet, please do it soon, info below.

See you Wednesday!

Patrick

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM, Patrick Laverty <patrick.laverty at owasp.org
> wrote:

> Hope you all are enjoying your summer. Our next OWASP RI meeting will be
> on Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 pm at Swipely, 10 Dorrance St, Providence. Our
> speaker will be Ben Brown from Akamai Technologies, presenting "Defending
> Against Doxxing". Information below, and please RSVP by either replying to
> this email or on our Meetup site. Pizza and drinks are supplied courtesy of
> Swipely. Thank you!
>
>
> http://www.meetup.com/Providence-Web-Application-Security-Meetup-OWASP-RI/events/223468347/
>
> Abstract and Why This Topic is Important: Doxxing is the Internet-based
> practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable
> information about an individual. It is also a scourge on our internet lives
> that can quickly boil over into the physical realm. Often wielded as a
> weapon of hate or manipulation and a tactic for intimidation doxxing easily
> leads to real-world threats of violence, financial harm, sexual assault,
> career damage, or even murder. Examples of these impacts can be seen
> surrounding the recent events of 'GamerGate' through the targeting of Anita
> Sarkeesian, Felicia Day, Tara Long, and Brianna Wu. Doxxing also often
> leads to another tragic outcome; that of targets for hate being
> misidentified leading to unaffiliated individuals becoming the subjects of
> attack. Occurrences of this can be found in such online sagas as Anonymous
> vs. Scientology, the Amanda Todd case, and the incorrect fingering of Sunil
> Tripathi as the Boston Bomber. Given the real world impacts of being doxxed
> what can we do to protect ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones? In
> this talk I will highlight common methods employed by doxxers as well as
> methods to safeguard the information they seek. I will move from the easy
> wins and low-hanging fruit, with an eye for practicality, to the more
> complex and long-term defenses employed by professionals. While this is a
> pertinent topic for everyone I believe it is especially important for those
> who's livelihoods involve spending copious amounts of time interacting with
> the internet. Our Doxxing attack surfaces are larger than those for others.
>
> Bio: Benjamin Brown currently works on systems safety, adversarial
> resilience, and threat intelligence at Akamai Technologies. He has
> experience in the non-profit, academic, and corporate worlds as well as
> degrees in both Anthropology and International Studies. Research interests
> include novel and side-channel attack vectors, radio systems, the
> psychology and anthropology of information security, metacognitive
> techniques, threat actor profiling, intelligence analysis, and thinking
> about security as an ecology of complex systems.
>
>
> Patrick Laverty
> OWASP RI
> http://www.provwebappsec.com
>
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