Black Hat Conferences and Such to Target Mobile Security Discussion

When it comes to the Black Hat and other conferences soon, a lot of the discussion is going to be on mobile security. Ever since the rise of many mobile trojans on the Android Market, and the downfall of the Mac OS X – mobile security has been an issue among white hats, black hats, researchers, etc. One thing’s for sure: the market is growing for mobile malware.

Google’s new smart tool, Bouncer, the security watchdog for the Android Market (or Google Play), is a user of all the aggregate data on mobile threats. It is adopted to be an effective countermeasure in Android malware. However, may significant countermeasures be done, does not necessarily mean the ability to block all threats. Don’t limit the psychology of these situations… it’s all on the fact that security measures can and will be broken eventually. Therefore, Google must keep evolving their methods used in Bouncer to target more future attack vectors.

Many black hats have been discussing the possibility of targeting mobile security and other vulnerabilities for Bouncer and even doing other measures for breaking security on mobile devices and into the Market. One of the additional tests black hats are interested in doing is comparing the security of the Androis OS versus the iOS. The iOS is getting more updates to security holes/patches. But, what is the quality level between the patches? Should it be better to be the Google Android OS Team and release larger updates or updates in bulk, or be like the Apple iOS Team and release smaller, more manageable updates. It’s all speculation on the black hat scene.

Here are the upcoming black hat conferences:

Black Hat USA: Occurring now – July 21-26, 2012

DefCon: July 26-29, 2012

Security B-Sides Las Vegas: Wed, July 25, 12am – Fri, July 27, 12am – 2012

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