Monthly DC 310 meeting

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24 people went

Every 3rd Saturday of the month


10526 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 · Culver City, CA

How to find us

Street parking on Venice or Keystone. Venice parking is one hour only.

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Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you're confident you can make it.

Ken Westin is currently Director of Security Solutions at Elastic, helping organizations aggregate, analyze and operationalize disparate security data sources to identify and mitigate threats in various forms. In his past he has helped solve crimes with data, tracking stolen devices, breaking up organized crime groups, recovered stolen vehicles, even solved a violent carjacking, leading to the prosecution of dozens of criminals. He has presented at DEF CON, Black Hat, RSA, multiple BSides and security conferences around the world.

Black Hats & White Collars: Insider Trading, Cryptocurrency and Darknets

We know criminal hacking is big business, over the past decade, we have seen criminal syndicates get creative with ways of generating revenue, through markets selling stolen credit cards, selling of tools and services and more recently ransomware. With the rise of popularity in Bitcoin, there has been an increasing interest from those in the financial sector in the pseudo-anonymous currency as well as underground markets and sites sharing information via hidden services in the Tor network and other platforms. Financially savvy white collar criminals now have increased access to criminal hackers who can target, steal and share nonpublic data about companies, this paired with the anonymous nature of hidden services and Bitcoin reduces the risk of getting caught, but with large financial gains. In this talk we will review several cases where criminals have gained millions of dollars through compromising PR and legal firms and steps these organizations can take to protect this data.

We'll follow up with socializing and attendees can either stick around for Crash Space's movie night (Details - or meetup for drinks at a nearby spot (TBD). Please consider donating something via their website's Paypal, as they are donating the space for this event, free of charge!

Free street parking on Venice or Keystone. Venice parking is one hour only, until 6, so if you time it right, it's free.