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Eric Michaud

Eric Michaud is an expert in physical and cybersecurity with over 15 years experience. He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world, and his skill at opening impossible-to-pick locks earned him a place in locksport history with the "Michaud Attack." He co-founded and served on the board of directors for The Open Organisation of Lockpickers and is referenced widely in academic papers, talks, and books including Open in Thirty Seconds: Cracking One of the Most Secure Locks in America and No Tech Hacking: A Guide to Social Engineering, Dumpster Diving, and Shoulder Surfing. He was a computer and physical security analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, where he worked on nuclear security, counter proliferation tools development, and voting machine security. Eric has an abiding love for projects at the intersection of art and technology, and is a longtime collaborator with the Cacophony Society and Austrian avant-garde art group Monochrom.


Talks

Hybrid Attacks - Becoming the Stainless Steel Rat

In our dystopian present, the digital world is enmeshed with the physical. Security controls once made of steel are turning into silicon and copper wire. Door locks are being replaced by key card access, car keys replaced by electronic fobs, and "wallets" are digital files which store your cryptocurrency. Subsequently, real world operations now often contain both physical and electronic components. This talk will cover why the current landscape exists, and the implications for offense and defense.

From heisting cars to stealing Bitcoin, this talk will dive into real hybrid attacks which blend lockpicking and hacking, physical bypass and digital access. You'll understand why the hacker needs to know how to pick locks, and why the Wi-Fi Pineapple and USB Rubber Ducky are becoming part of the physical access specialist's toolkit.

"It was easier in the old days... just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildingsā€¦ Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment..." - Harry Harrison, The Stainless Steel Rat