Meeting: 2017.05.24 Written by thehask on May 23, 2017

The Halifax Area Security Klatch

Now that was something!

Hello all,

AtlSecCon was a blast! For all those that attended thank you for making this another great conference year. From our 1st training offering  to some great talks and hanging out with “The Modern Rogue” Brian Brushwood it will be hard to top next year.

Many thanks to our sponsors as well; speaking of which AtlSecCon is this months HASK meeting sponsor so we will be enjoying a few sociables and catching up with AtlSecCon presenter Julien Savoie. If you did not have chance to catch his talk at the con you can at the next meeting.

This will be the last meeting until September as we break for the summer months. So come on out for an evening of infosec talk and to meetup with some old friends and make some new ones too.

Thank you,
Travis and the AtlSecCon Board.

May Meeting Sponsor:


The Atlantic Security Conference (AtlSecCon) is a non-profit, annual, information security conference located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Established in 2011, our goal is to provide quality information security education and training at an affordable cost.


The Red Stag Tavern
1496 Lower Water Street.
Alexander Keith’s Brewery Market .


6:00-7:00 pm  Complimentary apps and drinks from our sponsor AtlSecCon
7:15-8:15 pm  Julien Savoie – Software Defined Murder (Updated AtlSecCon Talk)
8:15-9:00 pm  Community Updates notices, round table discussions (WannaCry/Ransomware)


Julien Savoie is a returning two time atlseccon speaker, having given talks on subjects such as anonymity and cryptography. With nearly 20 years of IT experience, Julien is both a programmer and a systems administrator. He has contributed to a number of open source projects, and currently runs a number of relays for Tor project. Julien is also an avid car enthusiast whose interests include performance ECU tuning, and contracts his work part-time through a local performance shop.

Software Defined Murder

Can a hacker cause a car crash? Software plays an ever expanding role in controlling various aspects of our daily lives, including the transparent management of our safety. In this talk we will attempt to answer a simple question. Is it possible to kill someone with malicious software alone? In doing so, we will focus on automotive firmware. Fundamentals such as how an engine control unit works, and what responsibilities it plays in a vehicles normal operation will be explained. We will not be speaking about purely theoretical attacks. Instead we will discuss and demonstrate (through pre-recorded video) practical examples, some requiring little in the way of programming knowledge