NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, September 30, 2005

Greetings from HITBSecCon2005 Posted by Mikko @ 06:05 GMT

The last two days have been busy at the HITBSecCon2005 data security conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


I was happy to be asked to do a keynote presentation for this international audience of 400 computer security experts. My presentation discussed currently known mobile phone malware, complete with live demos of phones getting hit by trojans. We did this by having a cameraman shoot my phones and broadcasting the video feed to the projector.

The other keynote presentation was given by Tony Chor from Microsoft. He discussed new security features of Internet Explorer 7.


IE7 will ship with Vista and later it will also be available for XPSP2. Among the new security features was something called "Phishing Filter". This feature will allow end users to report suspicious websites to Microsoft, and when a site gets several reports, it will start to get labeled as suspicious to all the other users. Makes you wonder how many users will report microsoft.com as suspicious?

The feature seems to be already active. I wrote down the URL of the server that was visible in Tony's demo and it seems to resolve already from public internet.

This might or might not be related to the new anti-phishing feature included in Microsoft Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter Update which was released on Wednesday.

PS. No obligatory quote of broken English this time...but check out this sign for a fire exit. I don't know why, but for some reason it makes me strangely nervous.


Signing off from Kuala Lumpur,