Recently, I attended this Hacking and Security conference ClubHack. It was an awesome 3 day experience listening to seminars, workshops and round table conferences by various eminent speakers and hackers from all over the world. The speakers flocked in from various domains: Telecom, US DoD (Department of Defence), Royal Bank of Scotland, McAfee and even from Pune Police, NASSCOM, CID and other eminent law enforcement agencies! I reached the venue at 8:30 AM, leaving from my institute at 715 AM. The venue was 30 kilometres from my institute!!
What: ClubHack 2009, a meeting place for hackers, security professionals, law enforcement agencies, students and all other security enthusiasts.
Where: The Corinthians Club, Pune (The venue was awesome!)
When: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December, 2009
ClubHack 2009: Day 1
5th December, 2009 was Day 1 for ClubHack. The registrations started at around 10 AM (an hour late due to setting up of the venue). There were 3 halls, 2 for the simultaneous talks and the 3rd one for networking, meals and snacks. The day started with the introduction of ClubHack, by Rohit Srivastwa, the founder of ClubHack. This was followed by a small talk by the Chief Guest of the day, Mr. Alok Vijayant, Director Information Group, MHA, Govt. of India. After the keynote speech, the Indian version of BackTrack, Matriux, was launched. A copy of the same distribution was also distributed to all the audience.
Chief Guest at ClubHack 2009
After a small round of snacks and networking, the attendees split up in two halls, according to their interest in the talk. The schedule for the same was:
||Keynote & Matriux Launch by Mr. Alok Vijayant. Director Information Dominance Group, MHA, Govt of India
|| Rohas Nagpal – Indian IT Act 2000 vs 2009
|| Manindra Kishore – Incident Handling and Log Analysis for Web Based Incidents
|| Anant Kochar – Revealing the Secrets: Source Code Disclosure, Techniques and Impacts
|| Abhijit Tannu – Facilitate Collaboration with Information Rights Management
|| Nikhil Wagholikar in abstentia of K K Mookhey – Risk Based Penetration Testing
|| Suhas Desai – Open source for securing data with advanced Crypto-Steganography technology
|| Vinoo Thomas & Rahul Mohandas – India Cyber Crime Scene – Caught in the Crossfire
|| Lavakumar Kuppan – Lust 2.0 – Desire for free WiFi and the threat of the Imposter
|| Kush Wadhwa – Advance Computer Forensic concepts (windows)
|| Gursev Singh Kalra – Mobile Application Security Testing
Another superb thing was the “Internet Bakra”. Running sslstrip and dsniff on the free internet which was provided for the day, all the passwords were sniffed and later at the end of the talks, were shown to people (just the 1st two characters of the password) to explain them that entering personal information in free connections can be harmful. While this did
After all the talks, ClubHack threw a party (on invitation) for the speakers, the volunteers and a few attendees. The party was in Dolally, the only microbrewery in Pune. Dolally is an awesome place (for people who drink beer). It has a wide variety of beers which they brew in house. They also showed us how beer was brewed from around 10 different wheat types. It takes around 20 days to brew beer!! It also has a DJ which plays on-demand music for free!! It was fun discussing informal things with the people whom you saw in formals the whole day! At one particular incident, I couldn’t recognize Mr. Nikhil Wagholikar (from NII Consulting) in the party. He was totally in formals in the day time, and in the evening, total informals!! Dinner was in the same hotel, having a buffet with all the speakers, the volunteers and other guests.
ClubHack Day 1 Party at Doolally
The day ended at around 11 PM (for me, since had to reach my institute before the gates closed for us!!).
The Volunteering Team
- Pankit Thakkar
- Abhijeet Patil
- Murtuja Bharmal
- Aseem Jakhar (founder http://www.null.co.in)
- Tushar Dalvi
- Antariksh Shah
- Prashant Mahajan
- Ajit Hatti
- and a few more … Kudos to them for a successful Day 1 (and simultaneously, Day 2 and 3!!)
Finally, saying goodbye to everyone, we left for our college at around 11:30 PM (the gate closing ceremony of Symbiosis Infotech Campus, Hinjewadi takes place at 11:30 PM!! we were late!!). Thanks a lot to Mr. Dinesh O’Bareja for giving us a lift till Wakad. We finally reached the campus at around 12:30 AM, went to sleep, just to wake up in another 4 hours for the fully informative, knowledge filled next day of ClubHack: the workshops.