Civilsphere's Emergency VPN: Analyzing Mobile Network Traffic to Detect Digital Threats

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Workshop: Civilsphere's Emergency VPN: Analyzing Mobile Network Traffic to Detect Digital Threats

Who:Veronica Valeros, Co-founder of the MatesLab Hackerspace

Date:Tuesday, November 3

Time:10:00am EST / 3:00pm UTC+0

What:

The access to surveillance technology by governments and other powerful actors has increased in the last decade. Nowadays malicious software is one of the tools to-go when attempting to monitor and surveil victims. In contrast, the target of these attacks, typically journalists, lawyers, and other civil society workers, have very few resources at hand to identify an ongoing infection in their laptops and mobile devices.

Join Veronica Valeros who will share her work on Emergency VPN, a solution developed as part of the Civilsphere project at the Czech Technical University, that puts power back in the hand of users - It is designed to provide a free and high quality security assessment of the network traffic of a mobile device in order for users to identify early on any mobile threats that may jeopardize their security. In this workshop, you will learn about:

  • The design of the Emergency VPN as a free software project
  • Review of the tool and its features, including how to detect infections in different users.
  • A deeper understanding of what the threat landscape looks like, and options users have should they suspect their phone is infected, including how Emergency VPN can help in those cases.

The presentation will cover the design of the Emergency VPN as a free software project, the instructions of how a user can work with it, and some success cases where we could detect different infections on users. We expect attendees will leave this session with a more clear overview of what the threat landscape looks like, what are the options for users that suspect their phone is infected, and how the Emergency VPN can help in those cases. More information about the Emergency VPN can be found at CivilSphere's website.

// We will be hosting a 25 minute post-workshop networking exercise to allow folks to meet others who share their interest, and strengthen collaborations across various lines. Make sure to schedule in 25 minutes extra on your calendar, if you are interested in joining //


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