Mark Suter suter at humbug.org.au
Thu Sep 21 11:44:32 EDT 2006

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This is the first in a series of previews of AUUG 2006 - The  
Conference for Unix, Linux and Open Source Professionals.

This week we are highlighting keynote speakers Lars Rasmussen of  
Google and Peter Gutmann of the University of Auckland.

Lars Rasmussen is a member of Google's technical staff and the lead  
engineer of the team that created Google Maps.  Lars will discuss the  
many pieces of the puzzle comprising Google Maps - in particular, the  
pros and cons of AJAX, and delve into some particular technical  
challenges that had to be met. Lars will also give a high-level  
overview of the challenges involved in working with spatial data:  
making it searchable, routable, and browsable.

Peter Gutmann is a self-confessed professional paranoid, who helped  
write the popular PGP encryption package, has authored a number of  
papers and RFC's on security and encryption, and is the author of the  
open source Cryptlib security toolkit.

Peter will talk on the convergence of Internet Security Threats.    
Just as the Internet has subsumed all earlier networking technology  
(ARPAnet, ATM, BITnet, DECnet, Ethernet, ISDN, JANET, NSFNET, and  
many more), so an omnibus Internet security threat is gradually  
subsuming all earlier discrete threats (ID theft, phishing, script  
kiddies, spam, spyware, trojan horses, viruses). Instead of being  
small-scale (if prolific) nuisances perpetrated mostly by script  
kiddies, these blended threats are increasingly being created by  
professional programmers and managed by international criminal  
organisations. The Convergence of Internet Security Threats looks at  
the methods and technology behind this blended virus/trojan/spam/ 
phishing/ID theft/credit card fraud threat, various less-than- 
effective attempts to address it via legislation, technology, and  
press releases, and some suggestions for potentially effective  
legislation and other protective measures.

For more details on AUUG 2006 visit

I look forward to seeing you at AUUG 2006!

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