Dave Maass (@maassive) is a senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is part of EFF's Threat Lab, which conducts deep-dives into how surveillance technologies are used and abused to target vulnerable populations. He is also the visiting Reynolds professor of media technology at the University of Nevada, Reno's Reynolds School of Journalism, teaching cybersecurity, data journalism, and filing Freedom of Information Act requests.
When Cops Get Hacked: Lessons (Un)Learned from a Decade of Law Enforcement Breaches
More than 125 U.S. law enforcement agencies have suffered some form of hack or data breach over the last ten years. Journalism school graduate Madison Vialpando has been working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to build a dataset compiling all the ransomware, DDOS attacks, physical data theft, and servers and surveillance technologies exposed online. In this talk, she will explain how the dataset works, the trends revealed by the data, some of the most interesting case studies, and whether law enforcement is actually learning anything from these incidents. Dave Maass will talk about the Electronic Frontier Foundation's security research into automated license plate readers and other unsecured surveillance tech, while transparency activist Emma Best of Distributed Denial of Secrets will provide an overview of BlueLeaks - one of the largest dumps of internal police documents in history.