InfoSec Southwest 2012

A few years ago, the idea came up at our local AHA! meeting that our group should host an information security and/or hacking conference here in Austin, Texas.  Some venue ideas were tossed around, some preliminary cost research done, but the idea never went much beyond that due to a number of reasons, foremost of which is that AHA! folk are very, very busy people, myself included.  Back then, none [...]

By |2012-02-14T11:01:09+00:00February 14th, 2012|AHA!, business, conference|0 Comments

REcon 2010

This last weekend I took a trip up to Montreal for REcon.  If you’re unfamiliar with REcon, it’s a small security conference focused on topics most interesting to reverse engineers.  As such, the talks are more technical than you will find at other more mainstream conferences like BlackHat or DEFCON, and generally require a certain level of expertise as a baseline.  If you don’t understand assembly language, you’ll probably not [...]

On Social Hacking Groups, Meetings, and AHA!

Since the early ’90s, when I first really started getting into information security and the hacking scene, I’ve always found immense value in social hacker meetings. Back then all I had was my local 2600 meeting, however today, depending on your place of residence, there may be many different types of meetings available to you ranging from black to white-hat orientations such as 2600, local-area DefCon groups, the regional *Sec [...]

By |2007-04-23T02:33:48+00:00April 23rd, 2007|AHA!, hack, security|0 Comments

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I am continually impressed by both the quantity and quality of speakers we have at our Austin Hackers Anonymous (AHA!) meetings every month. This last meeting was our 7th technical meeting and we had no less than 10 individual speakers with anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes each, each with something unique and interesting to talk about. The variety of subject matter was simply astounding. I'm truly grateful to be [...]

By |2007-03-31T01:58:55+00:00March 31st, 2007|AHA!, hack, security research|0 Comments

AHA! 0x0001

Last wednesday we had our second AHA! technical meeting at the Austin Public Library. For anyone that didn't know, the various branches of the APL have meeting and conference rooms available for use by the public if you can prove a non-profit status. So far I'm really happy with the format of the meetings being a bunch of "turbo-talks" (presentations under 15 minutes in length). Not only does it keep [...]

By |2006-09-30T05:56:11+00:00September 30th, 2006|AHA!, hack, security research|0 Comments