Right from the start, at the entrance to the venue, you could notice the amount of work and thinking the BSidesTLV team invested in making it as much fun and welcoming for everybody. While in the registration line I noticed how much focus the organizers put on the little details and the excitement level started to climb. After finishing the registration and getting our badges, we walked into the main hall - an auditorium which was already pretty full, and on the podium, Omer Zohar was speaking about his research on UnblockableChains. Finding a seat, I got my first swag for the day thanks to Virusbay.
After a few more great talks and a short Lunch break, it was our turn to speak. Yet again the event team did a great job, making sure everything was set up correctly, and that we were comfortable with the settings. Checking our mics and laptop, making sure the video is working, and our slides in focus. We even found some time to play with a beach ball on stage, as everybody was getting back in.
Personally, I believe the atmosphere prior to our talk really made a difference. Presenting in such a welcoming environment can't possibly go wrong. Both Thomas and I spoke about the overall problem and rise of Cryptominers, discussed the evasion tactics they use for bypassing security products and hide from power users, dive into case studies and examples of such behavior, offered defensive tactics and finally did some gambling predicting what’s coming next.
To make a long story short I had so much fun, there is nothing like participating and presenting at your local BSides chapter. The atmosphere was fantastic, seeing all the familiar faces, meeting and drinking with friends and of course learning from all these smart people combined made it a super fun event.
BSidesTLV2018 was EPIC, can't wait for next year
The slides for our full talk are available here:
I will also upload the full video when it is ready.
Big kudos and thank you to BSidesTLV team, you guys are fantastic.