Next Meeting: January 8th, 2009 at 7pm

Date: January 8th, 2009
Time: 7pm
Place: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
Room 403
University of Washington Campus
Subject: Botnets: Battling the Borg of the Internet
Presenters: D. Scott Pinzon, CISSP, NSA-IAM & Corey Nachreiner, CISSP

Sure, you’ve heard of bots and botnets. But have you ever actually seen a bot, bot source code, or a bot herder’s Command and Control (C&C) center in action? Now you can.  In this presentation, we uncover what makes bots tick. The talk covers topics both beginning and advanced:

* Three dominant botnet architectures
* What bot source codes looks like and does
* How bot herders control bots via C&C centers
* How a crook might recruit an army of bots
* How to render bots powerless on your network

During the talk, you’ll see the inner workings of some real-world, malicious bots, found in the wild on underground sites. Learn about the latest attacks botnets can launch, and how to defend against them. Since the best way to understand these sophisticated attacks is to see them unfold right before your eyes, we will present video captures of bots in action. Once you understand how these evil botnets get built, you’ll have the power to avoid assimilation. Resistance is not futile.


Scott Pinzon, CISSP and Information Security Analyst for WatchGuard Technologies, has nearly 20 years of experience explaining technology to clients both large (Weyerhaeuser IT) and small (Seattle’s first cash machine network). He has worked in the fields of network security and encryption products for nine years. The security training videos he co-writes and directs with Corey Nachreiner have accumulated more than 100,000 views on YouTube and Google Video, and are used to train the IT staffs of numerous corporate and government organizations. He founded and hosts the popular podcast, Radio Free Security. Scott was the technical editor for Johnny Long’s No-Tech Hacking and the story editor for Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow, both from Syngress.

Corey Nachreiner, CISSP, Senior Network Security Analyst for WatchGuard Technologies, has been a security professional for more than ten years. He studied Computer Science at Western Washington University, and ran his own computer consulting business, before arriving at WatchGuard. Currently, he searches the Internet daily for emerging threats, and has written more than a thousand security alerts and educational articles for LiveSecurity subscribers. His security training videos, created with Scott Pinzon, have accumulated more than 100,000 views on YouTube and Google Video. Corey teaches regularly in episodes of the podcast, Radio Free Security, speaks internationally, and blogs frequently. He has been quoted by many online sources, including C|NET, eWeek, and Slashdot.