Whispering on the Wires Workshop

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Whispering on the Wires Workshop

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I am giving my Whispering on the Wires Workshop for the Eastern Michigan University’s Information Assurance workshop series. This will be next Friday, April 5th, from 5 pm to 8 pm.



The Internet opened communications and enabled this flat world where everything is but one click away. These complex networks make possible rich exchanges of thoughts and ideas, goods and services. But there is, of course, a dark side. Not all communications are productive. Not all communications are visible. Some are destructive, hidden, invisible. Some messages are whispered in secret. In this session, we will delve into ways attackers can hide their traffic using steganography and covert channels.

Whispering on the Wires will be a hands-on workshop. Attendees will apply steganography to a variety of file formats, and open a variety of covert channels. Defensive measures will also be discussed and demonstrated. Every communications channel that has a dark side, a covert channel, and every dark side as a defense. Let’s explore these together.



Computer with Windows 7, 8, or Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012. Please have installed: Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0, PowerShell 3.0 installed, PowerShell Community Extensions, the latest WireShark, and your favorite hex editor.

Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851
PowerShell 3.0 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595
PowerShell Community Extensions (PSCX) – http://pscx.codeplex.com/
Wireshark – http://www.wireshark.org/download.html



This workshop is open to students, faculty, and the local information security community.

Friday, April 5th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Eastern Michigan University
Roosevelt Building
Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197