CONFidence 2009 finished!

These were really great two days, full of learning, gaining new skills, as well as having tons of fun . 15th May started at 8 a.m. when our lovely hostesses opened the registration for the 5th edition of CONFidence The crowd was huge as all of CONFidence 450 registered attendees wanted to see the first talk of the day – keynote by Bruce Schneier. He is the world’s top security experts and his work is well-known by everybody in the industry, thus his trip to Poland was something that we all have been waiting for. Bruce shared his views on security with CONFidence attendees and was very open to hear their opinion and answer the questions. His talk was followed by Joanna Rutkowska, CONFidence keynote and frequent quest, who talked about trusted computing. She introduced TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and tried to encourage to take better care of security on hardware level. There were more interesting talks during the first day of CONFidence such as Introducing Heyoka: DNS Tunneling 2.0 by Alberto Revelli and Nico Leidecker; Alexander Konrbrust lecture about Oracle SQL Injection in we application or the talk by Michal Sajdak, who showed in practise how easy it is to hack home routers.

The second day was opened by Jacob Appelbaum, who talked about TOR (The Onion Routing ), a free software implementation of second-generation onion routing that enables users to communicate anonymously in the Internet. You can read the interview with Jacob and find out more about TOR project here.Jacob was followed by speakers such as Tavis Ormandy, a member of Google Security Team, who specializes in finding holes in UNIX systems; Alessio L.R. Pennasilico, who talked about the issue of attacks based on botnets and introduced some OpenBSD ideas as a way of defending against those threats. The speakers also included: Christian Heinrich, the leader of Google Hacking project, Mike Kemp, who talked about rootkits and Raoul Chiesa, who showed dangerous links between security and intelligence.

The lectures were not the only thing that we have organized for CONFidence attendees. For all those who needed a brake there was a soccer table and old fashioned games to play (including Teken!). Jaroslaw Sajko from and Andres Riancho from Bonsai - information security organized Capture the Flag. There were 15 different tasks from networking, web and forensics and the competition was very tough. Finally, Gynvael Coldwind and Mateusz ‘j00ru’ Jurczyk won! Gynvael was definitely the most active hacker at CONfidence as he won also the ESET crackme contest, organized by ESET, CONFidence Gold Sponsor. Congratulations! As you can see, the sponsors did their best to entertain our attendees. F5 also organized a contest (Try to break F5 security) and free workshops about solutions based on F5 BIG-IP infrastructure.

Many people say that during conferences social networking, meeting people from the industry and sharing experience is sometimes even more important than the lectures. Well, we took care of that, too. There was lots of chances to talk to the peers not only during the conference, but also at the before party (Hackers’ Movie Night), at the after party or in the Hackers’ Squad (two hostels rent just for CONFidence hackers).

The whole CONFidence team would like to thank all of you for coming to Krakow and for creating such a great atmosphere at CONFidence 2009. Thanks for being here with us! We are especially grateful to those who travelled the long way to get to CONFidence. More than 1/3 of all 450 attendees came from abroad, from countries such as Germany, Russia, Sweden, Czech Republik, Slovakia, Ukraine, Spain etc.

Important note! The slides and audio from the lectures will be available on our web page soon. The movies will appear a bit later. If you took photos during CONFidence, please share them with us! Send the pics to Anna, at anna.kolodziejczyk(at) and we will be forever grateful ;).

We wants to thank CONFidence sponsors and media partners for their support