Hacking DNA: Heritage and Health Care
Speaker(s): Janine Medina
Humans are the compilation of bio-code that has been changing and evolving for almost 200,000 years. In some ways, we are the oldest open-source project around, but not on GitHub - yet. In years past, DNA sequencing and analysis was available only to a handful of scientists with huge labs and nearly unlimited budgets. Now that world is changing. There are products and services available today that bring individual DNA sequencing to your fingertips, and digging into your own source code has never been easier or cheaper. Analyzing DNA can not only reveal secret ancestries, but can provide a level of insight and history into your health that doctors in the past have only dreamed of. This talk will discuss how and why you can perform your own genetic background check, and what it means for your past, present, and future.
Stealing Bitcoin with Math
Speaker(s): Filippo Valsorda, Ryan Castellucci
Bitcoin is the best thing that ever happened to bored applied cryptographers: it's a public database of keys and signatures made by quickly developed software that, when broken, drops money as if it was loot.
This talk will look at mistakes old and new that enabled attacks: from ECDSA repeated nonces to using Math.random to make keys, from double spending and transaction malleability to crappy brainwallets.
The bad news is that most vulnerable wallets were emptied a long time ago. The good news is that we get to look at how (and how fast) "cryptocriminals" operate in the process. In any case, new tools that implement some of the attacks will be demoed and released.
No need to be a Bitcoin or crypto wizard - everything you need in order to understand what those poor victims didn't will be explained.
What the Fuck Are You Talking About? Storytelling for Hackers
Speaker(s): Johannes Grenzfurthner
Humans are storytelling beings. From the moment the primordial ooze Mendelized itself into something like consciousness, we have been telling yarns: about the harvest, about the Gods, about the giant cats that wanted to eat us. But - for fuck's sake! - hackers are bad storytellers. Misunderstood by the media (and we're not even talking about the mainstream press!), ripped apart by their own peers, often incomprehensible and boring. But whhhhyyyy??? What's going on in the hackersphere is probably shaping the future of our civilization. Narratology refers to both the theory and the study of narrative, and narrative structure and the ways that these affect our perception. You should come and listen, because it might save our movement - and more.