BlueHat - #1: Robert Hansen on Phishing, the Bad Guys, and the Online Mafia

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The BlueHat conference is an internal MS conference that's all about security. We ship a bunch of security experts from around the world to Redmond and then learn whatever we can from them.

This is the first video in the series. It's with Robert Hansen - a very interesting human being I'd like to interview again.

Interviews like this are my favorite. I've always seen security as drudgery. It's necessary, but it's not at all fun. At least not the way I was doing it.

I didn't expect much, to be honest. I thought I'd get in, hear a few stories about SQL injection, and then be done with it. What I got was, on a scale of 1 to 10, a chat that was infinity + 1 awesome.

I had no idea how far security goes. I had read books about people like Kevin Mitnik, Pengo, and more, but this was the first time I'd ever met someone who really does this stuff (well, at least since my BBSing days - I knew a few people back then who knew a thing or two about security Smiley ).

Enjoy, people. I bloody well did. There's some background noise, and I apologize for that - in the process of getting a proper mic setup for these videos - but you can still hear him.

Robert has a blog here, and you can find information about his security consulting firm here.

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    MrFile
    I must say i love the concept and the people seem great and all but this video is the worst video i have ever seen posted on channel 9. (Granted i visit a few times a month only)

    The audio was very low (At least with my computer at max volume), one person was off screen and lots of background chatter.
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    mcampbell
    w00t! Cool

    You  rarely see IT type security videos on Channel 9.
    I wish we could see more videos related to the IT type security field, on C9.
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    raymond
    MrFile wrote:
    I must say i love the concept and the people seem great and all but this video is the worst video i have ever seen posted on channel 9. (Granted i visit a few times a month only)

    The audio was very low (At least with my computer at max volume), one person was off screen and lots of background chatter.


    Rory, I love you in front of the camera, but the audio on this video could be better.

    Give your old pal Carl Franklin a call and ask him about how important audio is to a podcast or video.  I am sure he will have some constructive suggestions.

    I could not agree with Carl more.

    Idea: Why don't you interview him for Channel 9?

    Cool

    PS

    Read the chapter on audio in the book cited in this post:

    Passionate About Digital Video

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=283930
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    Massif
    Fascinating stuff, marred slightly by the audio (perhaps a microphone of some description would be handy... not the kind you have to point at people to hear them though... that would interrupt the conversation.)

    Plus why was the third person (who's name , I'm sorry to say, has eluded me already) off camera? (aside from hiding from the mafia) It was a bit odd to watch everyone listening intently off camera. If you're going to have an audio presence you need a video one too, no hiding!

    Good stuff though, hope you met plenty more fascinating people and videod them. (isn't videod an odd word, is it video'd or videoed...)
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    BryanF
    Aside from the acustic problem, great interview. I'm looking forward to the subsequent videos.
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    Rory
    raymond wrote:
    
    MrFile wrote:
    I must say i love the concept and the people seem great and all but this video is the worst video i have ever seen posted on channel 9. (Granted i visit a few times a month only)

    The audio was very low (At least with my computer at max volume), one person was off screen and lots of background chatter.


    Rory, I love you in front of the camera, but the audio on this video could be better.


    Yeah. The audio sucked. I know that. Wrote about it in the post for the video.

    The people who invited me to cover the event didn't have a room, or even a space, set aside for doing the interviews, so we had to do them right out in the lobby of the building we were in, and there were people all over the place.

    "PS

    Read the chapter on audio in the book cited in this post:

    Passionate About Digital Video

    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=283930[/quote]

    I've done enough recording to get the whole audio thing - just don't have the equipment. There's a trade-off here - the camera I'm using is compact and records straight to hard drive, which shaves a lot of time during production.

    I'm going to look into what I can do to get better audio. I'd to get some wireless lapel mics, but I don't know if they'll work with the camera.

    If I can't find anything, I've already gotten permission from the boss to get new equipment.

    We'll see what happens...
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    Rory
    Massif wrote:
    Fascinating stuff, marred slightly by the audio (perhaps a microphone of some description would be handy... not the kind you have to point at people to hear them though... that would interrupt the conversation.)


    Workin' on it. Gonna go online after writing this and check out my options.

    Massif wrote:
    Plus why was the third person (who's name , I'm sorry to say, has eluded me already) off camera? (aside from hiding from the mafia) It was a bit odd to watch everyone listening intently off camera. If you're going to have an audio presence you need a video one too, no hiding!"


    The conference people insisted on having someone from their own team present. They were nice about, but it shouldn't have happened - it's not the 9 Way.

    The problem is that it's really hard to get more than two people in frame with this camera without having back way up. That would have made the audio even worse.

    Massif wrote:
    Good stuff though, hope you met plenty more fascinating people and videod them. (isn't videod an odd word, is it video'd or videoed...)


    I've been struggling over the proper verb. "Videoed" keeps entering my head, but it sounds too weird. I've started to say "film," which make no sense, but at least I don't feel awkward Smiley

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