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OWASP Birmingham, UK

Welcome to the Birmingham, UK chapter homepage. The Chapter Leaders are Nathan Britton and Jim Gumbley.


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Next Meeting / Event

Would love to see you join us at our second OWASP Birmingham Chapter meetup since its reboot.

Location: Join us @Trowers & Hamlins LLP on Colmore Row (5 mins from New Street Station) on Thursday 11th July for two great infosec talks!

Meetup Schedule:

5.45pm - Doors open

6.00pm - Welcome and Food

6.30pm - TALK: “The Rise of Cryptocurrency Exploits and Facebook’s Libra” - Vladlena Benson (PDF)

7.15pm - Break and gathering input on future events

7.30pm - TALK: “Advances in modern Attack Bots” - David Warburton (PDF)

8.15pm - Close

Here are details of the talks!

“The Rise of Cryptocurrency Exploits and Facebook’s Libra” - Vladlena Benson is Director of the Cybersecurity & Innovation Cluster at #

Aston Business School and a Professor of Cybersecurity

With Facebook plans to launch its cryptocurrency Libra, Vladena asks, should we be concerned? Does the data usage of Facebook users

jeopardise the anonymity of cryptocurrency payments? Will the involvement of a number of data giants/monopolies further take the

data ownership away from users? Can regulation stay up to speed with cryptocurrencies? Can the security of cryptocurrencies which rely

on existing algorithms remain secure when constantly challenged by cyber attackers?

“Advances in modern Attack Bots” - David Warburton is an information security threat researcher for F5 Labs where he works on identifying

emerging cyber threats

Bots are a nuisance and the weapon of choice for DDoS attacks. But modern bots are capable of much more and are claimed to be behind

three quarters of all attacks that hit web sites and APIs. Bots now evade controls which try to differentiate between bots and humans.

Techniques to prevent attacks need to evolve. David will explain what bots are and how they’re created, what they’re now capable of,

which industries are most affected by them and how they are evolving to avoid our current defences.

Here is Trowers page on finding the location:

You will need to be registered to be granted entry. So please do register.

See you all there. Can't wait.

Nathan + Jim