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Creator of the fastest spreading computer virus ever comes to IP EXPO Nordic 2018 in Stockholm

Samy Kamkar - the creator of the fastest spreading virus of all time - will open day two of IP EXPO Nordic in Stockholm on 20th September.*

Creator of the fastest spreading computer virus ever comes to IP EXPO Nordic 2018 in Stockholm
Photo: Samy Kamkar

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At the age of 16, Kamkar dropped out of high school and one year later, co-founded Fonality, a unified communications company based on open source software, which raised over $46 million in private funding. His work has been cited by the NSA, triggered hearings on Capitol Hill, and has been the basis for security advancements across virtually all major web browsers, smartphones, and other technologies.

He is best known for creating and releasing the fastest spreading virus of all time, the MySpace worm “Samy”, and being subsequently raided for it by the United States Secret Service. After accepting a plea bargain, Kamkar was allowed to keep a single non-networked computer, but explicitly prohibited from any internet access during his 3-year probation.

Register for IP EXPO Nordic in Stockholm on 19th-20th September

Photo: Samy Kamkar

He is also the creator of SkyJack, a custom drone which hacks into any nearby Parrot drones allowing them to be controlled by its operator, and for creating the Evercookie, which appeared in a top-secret NSA document revealed by Edward Snowden and on the front page of The New York Times.

On top of all this, Kamkar also worked with The Wall Street Journal and discovered the illicit mobile phone tracking where the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone mobile devices transmit GPS and Wi-Fi information to their parent companies. His mobile research led to a series of class-action lawsuits against the companies and a privacy hearing in the US.

At IP EXPO Nordic, Samy Kamkar will be doing a live hack where he can actually manipulate the audience's mobile phones and will then demonstrate how he did it, how it works and how to prevent it.

Register for IP EXPO Nordic in Stockholm on 19th-20th September

Known as a privacy and security researcher, computer hacker, whistleblower and entrepreneur – Samy Kamkar is the ultimate genius when it comes to cyber security and how to break into things. This is your chance to see him live onstage at IP EXPO Nordic and witness his hacking skill in person.

For further information and to register now, please visit: www.ipexponordic.com. You can also follow the LinkedIn group to stay up to date.  

About IP EXPO Nordic

IP EXPO Nordic is the Nordic’s number one enterprise IT conference and part of the IP EXPO event series. The event series also includes IP EXPO Europe in London and IP EXPO Manchester in the UK.

Launched by organisers Imago Techmedia in 2016, the event now encompasses six events under one roof including Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks and Infrastructure, Data & Analytics, DevOps, and brand new topics emerging at the forefront of technology, AI, IoT & Blockchain. Designed for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive and support their business and transition to a digital future

The event showcases brand new exclusive content and senior level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT. It covers everything you need to run a successful enterprise or organisation.

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Danish data authority hopes to recover coronavirus emails after deletion

The Danish Health Data Authority (Sundhedsdatastyrelsen, SDS) has deleted emails sent during the coronavirus crisis and has also deleted emails sent by national infectious disease institute Statens Serum Institute (SSI).

Danish data authority hopes to recover coronavirus emails after deletion
State Serum Institute emails are amongst those accidentally deleted by the Danish health data agency. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The data agency has said that the SSI deletions were a mistake and that it hopes to recover them, IT Watch reports.

All emails sent by the staff at SSI and SDS up to July 22nd were deleted in a “regrettable error”, the data agency has confirmed according to the report.

“It will be possible to recover most internal emails as well as external emails that had an internal recipient on the recipient list, however,” the agency said in a statement reported by IT Watch.

The issue is a potentially serious one because it can prevent access to documentation of decision-making processes during Denmark’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This should otherwise be ensured by Danish freedom of information laws.

“Deeply regrettable and unforeseeable mistakes have been made which we take full responsibility for. We will do everything we can to minimise the consequences and are working to recover as many emails as possible, including with technical solutions,” SDS deputy director Vibeke van der Sprong said.

The agency is responsible for IT at departments and agencies under the Ministry of Health.

The matter has been reported to national watchdog Datatilsynet, according to IT Watch.

READ ALSO: Denmark steps up coronavirus face mask recommendations

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