Tuesday, 20 September 2016

New laptop with a noisy (annoying) fan

I will keep this short. If you bought a new laptop (it can happen for desktop computers as well) and the manufacturer did not make sure the fan is completely silent (and you really want to punch them in the face because it is not 1998) then I suggest:

a) check if there is a firmware update for your laptop (sometimes there is and it fixes many issues)
b) you download this little utility before you start breaking things around the house and see if it works for your make/model. 

(at the time of writing this blog post the version of the utility was 1.4.2)

Hope this helps, but make sure you keep an eye on your temperatures via an utility like HWmonitor to make sure the cooling still works properly. 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Securing Online Gaming 2016

The challenge of continuous security are going to be discussed at this year's annual "Securing Online Gaming" in London, on the 4th October 2016. It is a great to be among such amazing speakers and have the opportunity to speak about the challenges of securing online gaming. 

I will be representing DeepRecce which already has a leading role in the market when it comes to its cyber security solutions and its under 15 minutes deployable managed SOC solution across any number of hosts. 

My talk will discuss Online Gaming towards Cyber Resilience, and more specifically it will focus on:
  • Today's challenges & requirements towards security online gaming
  • How attacks are evolving, and what should we expect
  • Taking steps for an effective Cyber Resilience strategy

The event will take place near the St. Paul's Cathedral and The Barbican. This is directly opposite the Museum of London. Located at 200 Aldersgate etc.venues St Paul's is a state of the art conference centre with the largest room holding up to 400 along with a further 12 rooms for conference breakouts, training and meetings.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

44CON 2016

Another year, another 44CON in London. A line-up of great talks, and a very good opportunity to catch-up with friends from the industry. The event took place between 16-18/Sep 2016, at the ILEC Conference Centre
This year you were able to solder your badge while you were there. There was a nice corner dedicated to soldering, with solder irons provided and all the bits to make it work. 

I ended up making six of those in order to help out a couple of friends. It was really easy to make and really fun to do, especially when it started working as it should. 

The badge is called HIDIOT and it is short for HID IO Toolkit. :) The Human Interface Device Input/Output Toolkit (HIDIOT) is a USB-based board for manipulating and experimenting with USB HID class devices. The version given out at 44CON is unreleased. In effect, we decided to make our badge a piece of 0day hardware.