This past week was a busy one for the OpenDNS Security Team, as four researchers presented three talks at two separate security events.

First, Dhia hosted a session at BotConf 2013, in Nantes, France (stay tuned for his recap!). Thibault, Frank and Ping finished out the week at Baythreat, a bay area security event now in its fourth year. As always, it was great to interact with other members of the security community! We’d like to share a brief recap of our experiences at Baythreat.

The event took place at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA. It is a shared place for anyone who likes to hack, build, and share knowledge with others in the area – thus a very fitting place to host the collaborative-minded Baythreat. 


The talks were divided into two tracks, Building and Breaking, with great content throughout. Topics ranged from cryptography and hardware tampering to Big Data security analytics and the Internet of Things. If you’re interested in reading more about the sessions, abstracts and speaker bios can be found on the Baythreat site.

Ping and Thibault presented a joint talk featuring demos of an entirely new experience in threat intelligence – a combination or data science and art, focused on Cryptolocker. You can find the slides from their talk below:

Frank’s talk, “This Domain Name will Self-destruct Tomorrow“, described an IP reputation model based on the observation that IP addresses hosting C&C servers and exploit kits tend to have a lot of domain names mapping to them, but that are actually only used for a very short period of time. 


Baythreat was an excellent event, providing ample opportunities to network with security professionals from around the country.

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