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OWASP Brisbane

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Chapter Meetings

In March's OWASP Brisbane Chapter meeting, Paul Ducklin will present a session titled "Live Malware Attack!" :

Widespread, fast internet connectivity has an ugly side: growing opportunity for cybercriminality. You can visualise the scale of the problem by considering that Sophos Labs processes some 20,000 malware sample submissions, and identifies some 30,000 newly infected web pages, *every day*.

These infected pages are rarely on web sites set up specially by the cybercriminals. They are *your* websites, remotely hacked and subverted by criminals who then use your servers to redirect innocent visitors to overtly malicious content.

Come to this talk and find out, through a live demo (safely done, but using real malware) how a modern cybercriminal attack works. Understand how even a well-informed user can be tricked.

We will track an attack through:

  • a scam email linking to...
  • a legitimate but compromised site, redirecting to...
  • a malware site serving shrouded JavaScript which...
  • creates a web page on the fly inside the browser which...
  • unleashes a drive-by exploit which...
  • crashes your browser so that it...
  • connects to Hong Kong and silently downloads...
  • a bot which includes...
  • a rootkit which shrouds the bot from sight and...
  • begs the question, "what do we do now?"

Know how your enemy is likely to attack and you will be much better prepared to answer that final question!

This session is interactive, meaning that you are encouraged to interject with observations or questions at any time during the presentation. (Learning is supposed to be fun :-) )

Paul's Biography can be found here:

Venue: CERT Australia Offices, Level 11, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton.

Time: 5:30pm (Pizza) for a 6pm start

Date: Tuesday 1st March

Close: Session is expected to be completed by 7:30pm.

RSVP: Online at

Brisbane OWASP Chapter Leaders

The chapter leader is Anne Luk, Wade Alcorn, and Glyn Geoghagen