In search of Xenu
Wendy Grossman, net.wars
Wendy M. Grossman is the founder and (twice) former editor of the UK magazine The Skeptic, and has been covering the border wars between cyberspace and real life for more than 20 years, contributing in that time to the Guardian, the Telegraph, New Scientist, and Scientific American, among others.
She writes a weekly column on the Web called net.wars, which is also the name of her 1998 book, whose full text has been online for free continuously since it was published. In 1993-1995, she followed the story of Scientology vs the Net, which became first a Wired UK (1994) and then a Wired US article (1995). Many of the laws and practices surrounding the publication of copyrighted material online, such as notice and takedown, were defined during that particular net.war, and Scientology also pioneered the tactic of drowning out criticism with floods of competing messages. This talk is a look back - and a look forward.
PITCH 1: An introduction to Demotix - by Alex McFadyen, Demotix CTO
PITCH 2: Juliet Ferguson, from The Centre for Investigative Journalism on their Open Source Intelligence Gathering Course with Neil Smith
Exposing Interesting, 'Hidden' & Dark Social Network Relationships with Data Visualisation Software (Maltego)
Chris Sumner, Hewlett-Packard
A talk for all those who have to investigate connections between people and groups using social networks.
In a talk of two parts, Chris - who has been directly involved in Corporate Information Security at Hewlett-Packard since 1999 - will introduce powerful data visualisation tool, Maltego, and show how it can speed up and automate the data mining and analysis of social networks.
He will show how he analyzed skateboard legend, Tony Hawk’s Twitter hunt and highlight how you could use the same techniques to set up your very own (legal) backyard hobbyist ECHELON.
Then, Chris will talk through how these techniques were used to enumerate a Nigerian 419 scam, infiltrate the scammers social network and expose deeper, more sinister links to organized crime.
Chris is currently focused on security in the development lifecycle and previously held the position of worldwide Security Manager for HP’s Imaging and Printing division. Outside the corporate world his interests include cyberpsychology, social networks, data mining and visual analytics.