[SASAG] Next Meeting: January 8th, 2009 at 7pm

Ski Kacoroski kacoroski at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 12:17:09 PST 2008

There will be dinner sponsored by Silicon Mechanics.  Check them out at

There will also be several CACert assurers present.

The meeting will be at the Electrical Engineering building on the
University of Washington Campus, aka EE1. Directions are linked to the
EE Department's web site below. Parking is $6 after 4pm.


January 8th, 2009
EE1 Building (Electrical
Room 403
University of Washington Campus
Botnets: Battling the Borg of the
D. Scott Pinzon, CISSP, NSA-IAM &
Corey Nachreiner, CISSP

Sure, you’ve heard of bots and botnets. But have you ever actually seen
a bot, bot source code, or a bot herder’s Command and Control (C&C)
center in action? Now you can.  In this presentation, we uncover what
makes bots tick. The talk covers topics both beginning and advanced:

* Three dominant botnet architectures
* What bot source codes looks like and does
* How bot herders control bots via C&C centers
* How a crook might recruit an army of bots
* How to render bots powerless on your network

During the talk, you’ll see the inner workings of some real-world,
malicious bots, found in the wild on underground sites. Learn about the
latest attacks botnets can launch, and how to defend against them. Since
the best way to understand these sophisticated attacks is to see them
unfold right before your eyes, we will present video captures of bots in
action. Once you understand how these evil botnets get built, you’ll
have the power to avoid assimilation. Resistance is not futile.


Scott Pinzon, CISSP and Information Security Analyst for WatchGuard
Technologies, has nearly 20 years of experience explaining technology to
clients both large (Weyerhaeuser IT) and small (Seattle’s first cash
machine network). He has worked in the fields of network security and
encryption products for nine years. The security training videos he
co-writes and directs with Corey Nachreiner have accumulated more than
100,000 views on YouTube and Google Video, and are used to train the IT
staffs of numerous corporate and government organizations. He founded
and hosts the popular podcast, Radio Free Security. Scott was the
technical editor for Johnny Long’s No-Tech Hacking and the story editor
for Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow, both from Syngress.

Corey Nachreiner, CISSP, Senior Network Security Analyst for WatchGuard
Technologies, has been a security professional for more than ten years.
He studied Computer Science at Western Washington University, and ran
his own computer consulting business, before arriving at WatchGuard.
Currently, he searches the Internet daily for emerging threats, and has
written more than a thousand security alerts and educational articles
for LiveSecurity subscribers. His security training videos, created with
Scott Pinzon, have accumulated more than 100,000 views on YouTube and
Google Video. Corey teaches regularly in episodes of the podcast, Radio
Free Security, speaks internationally, and blogs frequently. He has been
quoted by many online sources, including C|NET, eWeek, and Slashdot.

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