January 13, 2024 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm PST
ShmooCon 2024 - Washington, D.C.

Be sure to see EFF's Director of Cybersecurity, Eva Galperin, on Saturday, January 13 at 1400 in the "Belay It!" track for a talk titled "Tracking the World's Dumbest Cyber-Mercenaries."

For the last 6 years my colleagues and I have been tracking the activities of the cyber-mercenaries we call Dark Caracal. In this time, we have observed them make a number of hilarious mistakes which have allowed us to gain crucial insights into their activities and victims. In this talk, we will discuss the story of Dark Caracal, the mistakes they have made, and how they have managed to remain effective despite quite possibly being the dumbest APT to ever exist.

Eva Galperin is EFF’s Director of Cybersecurity. Prior to 2007, when she came to work for EFF, Eva worked in security and IT in Silicon Valley and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. Her work is primarily focused on providing privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. To that end, she has applied the combination of her political science and technical background to everything from organizing EFF’s Tor Relay Challenge, to writing privacy and security training materials (including Surveillance Self Defense and the Digital First Aid Kit), and publishing research on malware in Syria, Vietnam, Lebanon, and Kazakhstan. Since 2018, she has worked on addressing the digital privacy and security needs of survivors or domestic abuse. She is also a co-founder of the Coalition Against Stalkerware.

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