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Thursday, April 25 • 14:00 - 14:45
Don't Bring Me Down: Weaponized Botnets

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Routers and cameras and fridges – oh my! The ongoing deluge of devices that connect to the Internet is an IoT nightmare, and an attacker’s dream. Default credentials and weak passwords are only the beginning.  Especially with a bevy of unpatched, vulnerable systems on which to unleash some substantial exploits.  

Over the past year we have seen an evolution in botnets from instruments of mass disruption to exploit-enhanced armies used for mining and control. The release of the Mirai code has raised a new army of botnets that are capable of more than just DDOS on basic systems. Attackers have realized the wealth of resources in enterprise environments, locating cryptominers where they can profit most. But once inside those enterprise networks there are other opportunities to be mined for by both criminals and nationstate attackers.

As we move past outages to destructive payloads what should we expect when weaponization meets automation? In this talk, we’ll explore the outcome as threat actors and nation states "level-up" a tactic wielded by script kiddies, the risks to unsuspecting organizations, and what's available for those inclined to "build-a-bot".

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Cheryl Biswas

Strategic Threat Intel Analyst
Cheryl Biswas is a Strategic Threat Intel Analyst with a major bank whose name she cannot share in Toronto, Canada, where she monitors and assesses international relations, threat actors, vulnerabilities and exploits. In her previous role with KPMG Canada, she was a Cyber Security... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 14:00 - 14:45 ADT
Track 1 Ballroom