Tenacity Engineer to Present at DEFCON 22

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gene Bransfield, Tenacity Solutions Principle Security Engineer, has been selected to present "Weaponizing Your Pets: The War Kitteh and the Denial of Service Dog" at DEFCON 22 in Las Vegas Nevada this summer.

After delivering a presentation wherein I used many images of cats for humor value, an audience member offered to lend me their cat tracking collar. The collar contained a GPS device and a cellular component and would track your cats movements throughout the neighborhood. If you got nervous, you could send the device an SMS message to receive a current GPS hit on the collar's location. Me being the guy I am, I thought “All you need now is a WiFi sniffing device and you'd have a War Kitteh.” I attended another conference and someone brought their dog. The dog was loaded down with a doggie backpack containing WiFi hotspots. They called it a WiFi Service Dog. I observed that if you loaded the backpack with different equipment (e.g. a Pineapple) you could create a Denial of Service Dog.

Mr. Bransfield is a Principle Security Engineer at Tenacity Solutions, Inc. He has over 20 years experience in Information Systems and Cyber Security. He is a husband, father, dog owner, tax payer, and fine American citizen.

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