July Lunch Meeting - "De-Anonymizing­ Anonymous"

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Rob Rachwald – “De-Anonymizing Anonymous”

Presentation Abstract:

Presentation Abstract:
What do you see when you take the Guy Fawkes mask off? In 2011, Imperva managed to witness an assault by hacktivist group Anonymous including the use of social media for communications and, most importantly, their attack methods. Since Anonymous’ targets are highly variable, anyone can fall victim and security professionals need to know how to prepare.
This talk will give a walk-through the key stages of an Anonymous campaign:
- Recruitment and communication: We show how Anonymous leverages social networks to recruit its members and pick a target.
- Application attack: We detail and sequence the steps Anonymous hackers deploy to take data and bring down websites.
- DDoS: In this final stage, we shed light on the DDoS techniques deployed to take down websites.
Finally, we recommend key mitigation steps that organizations need to take if they ever become a target.

Speaker Bio:
Rob is Imperva’s Director of Security Strategy. In this role, Rob researches and analyzes hacking trends as well as data security from a business perspective. In the past, Rob worked in the early days of e-commerce at Intel, helping to build and secure the chip maker’s procurement and supply chain system into one of the largest online transaction systems worldwide. At Intel, Rob also built a secure document delivery system for chip designs. More recently, Rob then managed marketing and research for code analysis firms Coverity and Fortify Software. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has an MBA from Vanderbilt University.






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