Social Zombies: Rise of the Mobile Dead

Presented at DerbyCon 2.0 Reunion (2012), Sept. 29, 2012, 10 a.m. (50 minutes)

Just when you thought “bath salts” were turning innocent humans into flesh eating Zombies in Florida…mobile devices have begun taken over the world like an infectious Zombie virus outbreak. Tablets and mobile phones are being used by everyone today and are more powerful than ever before. The technology implemented in these devices is truly bleeding edge. From new wireless technology like NFC (Near Field Communication) to social networks being integrated directly into mobile operating systems, the times are rapidly changing. These new technology advancements also introduce new privacy and physical security concerns not seen before as well. In addition, with new technology come new responsibilities and challenges for security professionals and consumers alike especially in a world of BYOD.

In this presentation Tom Eston and Kevin Johnson explore and exploit the new technology being implemented by these mobile platforms. Tom and Kevin have discovered interesting security and privacy issues with Android Jelly Bean, Apple iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion, NFC and many popular mobile applications. New tools and exploits will be discussed that can be used by penetration testers to exploit these new technologies. Tom and Kevin will also discuss strategies to combat the ensuing mobile device onslaught into the enterprise. This information alone will help you to survive the “Rise of the Mobile Dead”.


  • Kevin Johnson
    Kevin Johnson is a security consultant and founder of Secure Ideas. Kevin came to security from a development and system administration background. He has many years of experience performing security services for fortune 100 companies, and in his spare time he contributes to a large number of open source security projects. Kevin’s involvement in open-source projects is spread across a number of projects and efforts. He is the founder of many different projects and has worked on others. He founded BASE, which is a Web front-end for Snort analysis. He also founded and continues to lead the SamuraiWTF live DVD. This is a live environment focused on Web penetration testing. He also founded Yokoso and Laudanum, which are focused on exploit delivery. Kevin is a certified instructor for SANS and the author of Security 542: Web Application Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. He also presents at industry events, including DEFCON and ShmooCon, and for various organizations, like Infragard, ISACA, ISSA, and the University of Florida.
  • Tom Eston
    Tom Eston is the Manager of the Profiling and Penetration Team at SecureState. Tom leads a team of highly skilled penetration testers that provide attack and penetration testing services for SecureState’s clients. Tom focuses much of his research on new technologies such as social media and mobile devices. He develops and improves penetration testing methodologies and works to align them with industry standards. He is also the founder of which is an open source community dedicated to exposing the insecurities of social media. Tom is a security blogger, co-host of the Social Media Security Podcast and is a frequent speaker at security user groups and national conferences including Black Hat USA, DEFCON, DerbyCon, Notacon, SANS, OWASP AppSec and ShmooCon.

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