San Antonio 2014

San Antonio, TX | Mon, Aug 11 - Sat, Aug 16, 2014

Weaponizing Cybercurrencies

  • G. Mark Hardy
  • Tuesday, August 12th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Bitcoin is dead. Long live Bitcoin. Satoshi Nakamoto was no dummy. In the early days, he (they) mined over 1,000,000 Bitcoins when nobody really cared. If Bitcoin (or any other cybercurrency) were to increase in value at the rate it did last year, someone will be holding a massive currency weapon. George Soros destabilized the British Pound in 1992 and made over £1,000,000,000 profit. In the largest counterfeiting operation in history, Nazi Germany devised Operation Bernhard to destabilize the British economy by dropping millions of pound notes from Luftwaffe aircraft. If the holder of a giga-cybercurrency has a currency digital weapon that works frictionlessly in milliseconds, against whom will he target it? Can it destabilize an entire government? Can it be continuously reused for blackmail? What should governments be doing now to plan for this contingency and fight back? We'll discuss an entirely new class of information weapon -- digital cryptocurrency -- and how it might either change the course of history, or be relegated to the ash heap of failure.

Bonus Sessions

The following bonus sessions are open to all paid attendees at no additional cost. There are many different types of events that fall into these categories:

  • SANS@Night: Evening presentations given after day courses have ended. This category includes Keynotes.
  • Special Events: SANS-hosted events and other non-technical recreational offerings. This category includes, but is not limited to, Receptions and Information Tables.
Monday, August 11
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Johannes Ullrich Monday, August 11th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
The Bot Inside the Machine Johannes Ullrich Monday, August 11th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Tuesday, August 12
Session Speaker Time Type
Weaponizing Cybercurrencies G. Mark Hardy Tuesday, August 12th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Infosec Rock Star: How to be a More Effective Security Professional Ted Demopoulos Tuesday, August 12th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, August 13
Session Speaker Time Type
The 13 Absolute Truths of Security Keith Palmgren Wednesday, August 13th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
How to Spy on your Employees with Memory Forensics Jake Williams Wednesday, August 13th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Thursday, August 14
Session Speaker Time Type
Debunking the Complex Password Myth Keith Palmgren Thursday, August 14th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
WiCat - a covert channel in WiFi. Ron Hamann Thursday, August 14th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night