On the Shoulders of Blue Giants

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice BlueHat v12 here in Redmond is in full swing – it started yesterday for full-time Microsoft employees only, and continues today as we welcome our invited… Read more

BlueHat Prize entries: The final tally is…

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice The entries are in! After a last-minute wave of fresh entries to the first-ever BlueHat Prize, the final count for this year’s contest stands at twenty… Read more

Peace Games – BlueHat Prize Update and Countdown

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice In the film WarGames, an artificial intelligence program named Joshua asked the main character, a teenage hacker, the now famous question, “Shall we play a game?”… Read more

Blue Dawn

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice In the film Red Dawn,the United States was invaded by Communists, forcing ordinary citizens and soldiers alike to take up arms and fight for their freedom…. Read more

From Bounties to the BlueHat Prize – Evolutionary Thinking in Valuing Security Research

Handle:k8e IRL: Katie Moussouris Rank: Senior Security Strategist Lead, Head of Microsoft’s Security Community and Strategy Team Likes: Cool vulns, BlueHat, soldering irons, quantum teleportation Dislikes: Rudeness, socks-n-sandals, licorice Today on the MSRC blog, Matt Thomlinson announced the BlueHat Prize, the first and largest incentive prize Microsoft has ever offered to seek out and reward… Read more

Hack.lu: Why it’s all about building bridges

Handle:Cluster IRL: Maarten Van Horenbeeck Rank: Senior Program Manager Likes: Slicing covert channels, foraging in remote memory pools, and setting off page faults Dislikes: The crackling sound of crypto breaking, warm vodka martni “We want to remain what we are” (“Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn”) is the national motto of the Grand Duchy of… Read more

Something Old, Something New, True Blue

This year marks the tenth BlueHat at Microsoft, and my sixth round in participating in the event that has been so instrumental in keeping Microsoft developers and executives in touch with the pulse of security research outside Microsoft, and serves as one of the key crossroads for the exchange of ideas from our internal security… Read more

BlueHat v10 Shipping!

Handle:Silver Surfer IRL: Mike Reavey Rank: Director, MSRC Likes: Warm weather, Battlestar Galactica, and responsibly reported vulnerabilities Dislikes: Rain, Rain without end, Clouds with potential for rain, reality TV, and unpatched vulns I’m here playing MC at the tenth edition (!!!) of the BlueHat Security Briefings on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. So far it… Read more

Announcing BlueHat v10: A Security Odyssey

BlueHat v10 is on the horizon and I’m happy to be able to announce the lineup. This year we’ll be hosting our annual conference on October 13-15 at the Microsoft campus here in Redmond and, with the success of last year’s con, we’re working overtime to make it the most robust, top-notch BlueHat yet. As… Read more

May You Live in Interesting Times

Handle:StoneZ IRL: Adrian Stone Rank: Senior Security Program Manager Lead Likes: Predictive Analytics, Game Theory, Databases, Sports Cars, NFL Football, Direct People Dislikes: Losing, Liars, Posers, No Talent Clowns It was two years ago at Black Hat that my colleague Katie Moussouris announced the launch of the Microsoft Vulnerability Research (MSVR) program. Shortly thereafter I… Read more