ConFoo 2013: Call for Papers is Now Open!

logo_confoo 4828ConFoo is one of the most important developer-oriented conferences. ConFoo 2013 will be held on February 25 through March 1 in Montreal, Canada. The team has opened its call for papers. Candidates can submit proposals until September 23. Consult the call for papers page for details and to start submitting. That page also explains what expenses ConFoo can cover for speakers. You can also get advice on how to write proposals. The call for papers is public, meaning that all proposals get published on the website for others to vote and comment on. This approach allows the organizers to pick subjects that have most interest in the community. The comments are only visible to speakers and organizers to avoid influencing the votes. To stay in touch via Twitter, follow @confooca and use the #confoo tag. You can also help promote the event with these cool Read more…


MTLSec meetup Nov 16th

MTLSec meetup Nov 16th 3377This is a bit of last-minute, and is targeted at a niche but active and growing community in Montreal, those who are working in computer security. MTLSec is organizing an informal get together at Vieux-Dublin this evening. You can talk about the latest hackfest in Quebec city which got the team Amish Security from ETS winning, or talk about SOPA, which is making rounds on the Internet today. On another note, if you are feeling less knowledgeable in infosec, you can also go to the co-founders event today at notman house   Read more…


[Upcoming] OWASP Montreal, VEGA, July 21st

[Upcoming] OWASP Montreal, VEGA, July 21st 2998The local chapter of OWASP, an international group dedicated to application security, invites anyone in Montreal interested in web application security to a presentation next thursday at 6:30pm. It's going to be in Rom A-2330 at École des Technologies Supérieures, with David Mirza, founder of Subgraph, presenting their new open source product VEGA. VEGA was just released at the beginning of the month, and for anyone reading MontrealTechWatch, it's an application you have to try out for your web app. See the event listing.   Read more…


Want to see a nerdcore hiphop show? come to Recon’s party this friday

Want to see a nerdcore hiphop show? come to Recon’s party this friday 2937For those who are curious to see the hackers crowd, or have a first look of what's a nerdcode hiphop / hackers show, come this Friday evening to Recon's party at club Soda, 1225 bv st-Laurent, co-organized by CruizControl. It should be good fun, and it's always interesting for a techie to meet hackers. More details here   Read more…


cryptocat offers simple & secure messenging

Screen shot 2011-07-04 at 11.26.51 AM 2918 Developed by security expert and Internet freedom activist Nadim Kobeissi (@kaepora), cryptocat is a simple and secure way to send & receive messages. In the case where you don't want anyone or any organization to read the messages you're sending, cryptocat encrypts your messages in the browser. The other person on the other end will need the encryption key to decode the message. The service is so secure that not even cryptocat in itself is capable of reading the messages. To make it possible, cryptocat is using 256 bits encryption, theoretically uncrackable if you don't have the key. Messages are encrypted using the crypto-js library by the browser. To add even more entropy, cryptocat is also recording at the beginning at the chat your random mouse movements, to get even more security. The only possible way to crack cryptocat is maybe social engineering, but finding the key from one of   Read more…


WordCampMontreal & Recon upcoming this week

WordCampMontreal & Recon upcoming this week 2913If you are using wordpress, then head over next Saturday & Sunday to WordCampMontreal 2011. Of course, the event is also aimed at wordpress designers, wordpress developers, and generally speaking, to anyone who is blogging. As in previous years, the conference has 2 tracks, one for wordpress development, and another for bloggers. See the schedule here. Like most conference attendees though, you might find meeting others in hallway and between breaks more interesting than the sessions in themselves. Register here Recon 2011 is also coming up this week, with the highlight during the weekend. It's not a very well-known event, due to its nature as a computer security conference, focusing on reverse engineering and exploitation to   Read more…


Subgraph releases Vega, an open source web app security scanner

splashscreen 2906Subgraph is this week at the International Free Software Forum, the biggest free software event in Latin America. Subgraph president and founder, David Mirza (@attractr) is speaking about open source and security. Subgraph is also using the opportunity to launch the public beta of Vega, a new security scanner that will hunt for vulnerabilities in web app. With Internet security in the news today (anon, lulzsec hacking at Sony, nintendo and various governmental sites), Vegas comes at an ideal time. Since it's open source, anyone can download the application and begin right away to test web applications, for XSS vulnerabilities, SQL injections, http errors, or discover sensitive data. Responses can be intercepted between the client and the application for further analysis. See here a report by Vega: For any web developer, CTO, or sys-admin working on a web application, Vega is a godsend. There are already a few   Read more…