Worldwide hackers descend on Dommeldange
Hack.lu began its annual event for computer security enthusiasts on Monday. 250 computer experts from all over the world descended on Dommeldange for a conference with the aim sharing computer security knowledge.
"We're not a bunch of over-technical geeks, but computer experts willing to share our computer security knowledge with others" said Alexandre Dulaunoy, Head of Incidents at CIRCL (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg) and cofounder of the hack.lu together with Fred Arbogast.
The problem with computer security "is that software of different types all interact with each other but they were created by people using different scripts," says Alexandre Dulaunoy.
Passionate about their field, a hacker scrutinises the “heart” of computer programmes to understand how to better assess the risks and security vulnerability it may face.
Although the idea of the conference seemed a bit strange seven years ago, today the European conference boasts specialists in fields as diverse as the vulnerability of mobile phone codes, RFID card cloning or threats of cybercrime. Many topics were discussed during talks and workshops with case studies and demonstrations on Monday however the conference continues until Wednesday at the Park Hotel in Dommeldange.
In a relaxed atmosphere and even quite entertaining for a subject as serious of computer security, organisers have launched a game competition called "CTF - Capture the flag" accessible to all on the website hack.lu.
Hack.lu is more alive than many conferences often too commercial. The focus on meeting, sharing and research with like-minded experts from all over the world, is no doubt the key to its success. In fact hackers from Russia, India, Taiwan, U.S. and many other countries are present at the three day conference in Dommeldange.