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Hack In Paris 5th edition - The French Cyber Security Conference

 Sysdream, a French company which provides auditing skills and training from an attacker’s perspective to those companies which require a high level of security for their information systems, is organizing 5th edition of Hack in Paris (HIP) from 15th June to 19th this year in France.

The HIP, which is said to be the most awaited event for security professionals, includes training and conferences sessions.

According to an announcement, the event, which will be entirely in English, brings IT security professionals like: information system directors, managers and security officers together with hacking experts.

The announcement said for the first three days, the participants will be given 13 training classes by international experts like: Aditya Gupta, founder of Attify, Peter Van Eeckhoutte, founder of Corelan Team, Richard Hollis, Chief Executive Officer of Risk Factory Limited, Mario Heiderich, security researcher, Nikhil Mittal, researcher, Gnesa Gianni, security research and professional trainer at Ptrace Security and many others.


The training session will be held at Sysdream, 14 Place Marie-Jeanne Bassot,92300 Levallois-Perret France.

More details available about the training at:

On the remaining two days of the HIP, there will be 16 talks, including two keynote addresses and one debate with world-renowned speakers like: Winn Schwartau, Jose Lopes Esteves, Chaouki Kasmi, Mario Heiderich and others.
The conference will be held at Académie Fratellini, 1-9 rue des Cheminots 93210 La Plaine Saint Denis France.

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An American admits hijacking plane mid-air: FBI

A security researcher told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) he had hacked an airplane’s engine with his laptop.

Chris Roberts admitted to hijacking a plane mid-flight in Feburary  taking control of its entertainment system resulting in the aircraft to fly sideways

According to a search warrant application, which was written by Mark Hurley, a FBI agent, in April, posted on Wired on Friday, Roberts said that he controlled one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights.

He was questioned last month when he was escorted off a United Airlines flight, there he had posted a tweet, which was in a humor, he gave hint in the tweet that he could control the aircraft's crew alert system and could passenger oxygen masks to drop.

After that, his computers were also seized by the FBI.

According to the application, Roberts said in a interview in February and March, he had hacked in-flight entertainment systems on 15 to 20 flights between 2011 and 2014. Every time he had pried open the cover of the electronics box which was located under passenger seats and he would connect his computer to the system with an ethernet cable. He had checked the system for security flaws and monitored communications from the cockpit.

 “We found that the electronics box under the seat in front of Roberts' showed signs of tampering,” Hurley wrote in the document.

On the same day, Roberts was removed from the flight.

Along with that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report warning that hackers could bring down a plane by using onboard Wi-Fi systems.

In a report published on Sydney Morning Herald, Ken Westin, a security analyst from Tripwire said, 

“Connecting your laptop to an in-flight media system or anything on an actual plane with people on it is not the way to conduct security research."

"To also tweet a 'joke' about hacking a plane using specific technical details is also incredibly irresponsible I think," he added.

‘India should learn from Russia and China agreement’ says security expert

India should learn from the recent cyber-security agreement between Russia and China where both of the countries have agreed to not launch cyber-security attack against each other said an Indian cyber-security expert on Thursday.

J. Prasanna, cyber-security expert and one of the founders of Cyber Security and Privacy Foundation (CSPF), an organization which solves the cyber security problems, said that India should join such initiatives as it provides a chance to share information among law enforcements of different countries.  

“The agreement is good for China and Russia,” he said.

“However, such agreements are only possible when both of the sides (countries) have equal capabilities,” said Prasanna. “Similarly, they should have advanced cyber capabilities.”

According to the agreement, which was signed on May 8 and provided by The Wall Street Journal, Russia and China agreed to share information between law enforcement agencies, share technologies and ensure security of information infrastructure.

Similarly, these countries have agreed to not “destabilize the internal political and socio-economic atmosphere," or "interfere with the internal affairs of the state".

The agreement is said to be the result of the revelations about US and Western nation hacking and surveillance operations by former US National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden. After the revelations, Russian lawmakers had demanded for tighter control over the Internet.

It is also believed that the agreement shows that Beijing and Moscow support changes to global Internet governance that would reduce the traditional role of the U.S.

Last year, Russian Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said Russia was preparing an action plan as a backup plan in case the segment of the Internet was shut down from outside.

“For Russia the agreement with China to cooperate on cyber security is an important step in terms of pivoting to the East,” Oleg Demidov, a cyber-security consultant at the PIR Center, an independent think tank focusing on international security, told to The Wall Street Journal. “The level of cooperation between Russian and China will set a precedent for two global cyber security powers,” Mr. Demidov said.

Adult dating site hacked to leak intimate secrets of 4 million users

Hackers have targeted one of the largest online dating sites of the world, Adult Friend Finder to leak personal data of four million users.

The stolen data includes the sexual orientation of the users, their sexual preferences, and might even potentially reveal who are the ones seeking extramarital affairs. The data also includes email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers.

The hack is estimated to have affected 4 million users, including users who have requested the site for a deletion of their accounts.The leaked information contain addresses linked to dozens of government and armed services personnel and members of the British Army.

Channel 4 news, who have been actively tracking such incidents of hacking and information release to the Deep web have found a secretive forum in which a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of Adult Friend Finder.

Shaun Harper is among those whose details have been published. Harper, who had requested his account to be deleted stated that, "The site seemed OK, but when I got into it I realized it wasn't really for me, I was looking for something longer term. But by that time I'd already given my information. You couldn't get into the site without handing over information. He added, "I thought the information had gone. These sites are meant to be secure."

Mr. Harper has been targeted with a spate of spam emails ever since his information was leaked. Experts are of the opinion that hackers will further sift through the leaked data to zero down on potential blackmailing targets.

FriendFinder Networks Inc, the owner of Adult FriendFinder have already started working with law enforcement to investigate the matter and have assured customers of strong action in case they are affected.

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