Black Hat 2012 After Parties and Events
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Black Hat USA wouldn’t be Black Hat USA without the after parties and free drinks. Here’s a list of the parties and other events being held at this year’s Black Hat.

After Parties

Solera Networks Blue Martini Party: Enjoy food, drinks, and challenge the Shadow Bar dancers to find out how low you can go.

When: July 25, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Shadow Bar, Caesars Palace

Stonesoft Portal Party: Enjoy games, food and drinks, and great prizes.

When: July 25, 7:30pm
Where: Pisa Room, Caesars Palace

Mandiant M After Dark: Join Mandiant for an evening at the Shadow Bar in Caesars Palace.

When: July 24, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Shadow Bar, Caesars Palace

Qualys Private Reception and Ultra Lounge: An evening of cocktails and fine cuisine, and networking with your peers. Special Guest Speaker: Howard Schmidt, Former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

Private Reception: July 25, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Qualys Ultra Lounge: July 25, at 10:00pm-1:00am
Where: HYDE Bellagio

Life’s a Breach Party: Join Rapid7, FireMon and LogRhythm for some fun during Black Hat.

When: July 25th, 9:00pm-2:00am
Where: Rain Nightclub, The Palms Resort & Casino

RSA and NetWitness Party: Stop by booth #201 for your wrist band.

When: July 25, 8:00pm
Where: The Oak Nightclub, Mirage Hotel

PURE Party: Hosted by Accuvant LABS, Palo Alto Networks and WhiteHat Security. Featuring live music by DJ Paul Oakenfold.

When: July 25, 9:00pm-1:00am
Where: PURE Nightclub, Caesars Palace

The All In Party: Infosec networking reception and party.

The Reception: July 26, 9:00pm-12:00am
The Party: July 26, 12:00am-6:00am
Where: The Absolut Suite, Caesars Palace

FishNet Security Party: Join FireMon, Sourcefire, LogRhythm and Radware for drinks.

When: July 25, 8:00pm-12:00am
Where: The Beatles Revolution Lounge, Mirage Hotel

Other Events

Networking with Mandiant: Enjoy brunch, and meet-up with other Black Hat attendees and Mandiant folks.

When: July 25, 11:30am-2:00pm
Where: Trevi Room, Caesars Palace (adjacent to the exhibit hall, Octavius Ballroom)

Practical Malware Analysis Book Signing with Michael Sikorski & Andrew Honig: The first 25 people each day receive a free copy of the book. Be one of the first five people in line on Wednesday, July 25th and win an invitation to a very special VIP dinner with the author of Practical Malware Analysis, Michael Sikorski.

When: July 25 & 26, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Where: Trevi Room, Caesars Palace (adjacent to the exhibit hall, Octavius Ballroom)

If you are aware of other Black Hat parties being held this week, let us know in the comments. Do you plan on attending any of these events? If so, which ones?

Light Point Web Now Supports PDFs and Office Formats
Posted on by Beau AdkinsCategories Light Point Security Update, Light Point Web, Security, Web SecurityLeave a comment on Light Point Web Now Supports PDFs and Office Formats

Light Point Web Malware ProtectionRecently, we released an update to our servers that allow our users to view many popular document types through Light Point Web. To accomplish this, we are using the Google Docs Viewer. The Google Docs Viewer is a nifty little service from Google that can turn documents into normal webpages.

This addition will greatly enhance the security offered by Light Point Web. Previously, if a user of Light Point Web clicked on a link to a PDF file, the user would see our plugin screen. In order to view the document, the user would click the plugin screen, which would cause the user’s real browser to download and display the PDF file.

Light Point Web Plugin Screen
The Light Point Web Plugin Screen

While this functionality gave our users the ability to view PDFs and other files, it also exposed their computers to any malware that may have been hiding within that document since it required bypassing our security. PDF files can be very dangerous, as it is easy to embed malware within them. With this recent update, our users can now easily view documents without downloading them, which means these types of attacks will no longer be effective on our users.

How to Use the New Viewer

The new plugin viewer works automatically. Now, when you click a link to a supported file, such as a PDF, you will be sent to the Google Docs Viewer for that file. This gives you the ability to read the file without it ever touching your computer. At the top of each page there is a link under the “File” menu item to download the original file. Clicking that link takes you to the old plugin screen, which gives you the ability to open the file in your real browser, if you decide to.

Light Point Web Google Docs Viewer
Light Point Web with the Google Docs Viewer

What File Formats Are Supported?

There are quite a few file types supported by the Google Docs Viewer. Here is the full list. A quick rundown of the most common file types are:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx)
  • Adobe PDF (.pdf)
  • PostScript (.eps, .ps)
  • Archives (.zip, .rar)