THREADS is an annual conference that focuses on pragmatic security research and new discoveries in network attack and defense. Held each year during NYU-Poly's Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) in Brooklyn, NY, THREADS is organized by NYU-Poly Hackers in Residence Dan Guido and Dino Dai Zovi with the help of cyber security students at the university.

THREADS aims to present and discuss cutting edge, peer reviewed, industrial and academic research in computer and network security. THREADS focuses on developments and advances in attack techniques and attacker methodologies. We want to discuss what vulnerabilities exist and how attackers of today and tomorrow exploit those vulnerabilities.

THREADS 2013 (DARPA Cyber Fast Track)

In 2011, DARPA launched Cyber Fast Track and led a revolution in government-funded cybersecurity research. For the first time, individual hackers could pitch their own great ideas and, if selected, receive government funding for their projects immediately. For 18 months, DARPA came to agreements with over 100 commercial firms to fund cutting-edge advancements in information security that have now made their way into open-source and commercial products. This year’s THREADS conference highlights some of the best tools, products and research to come out of the Cyber Fast Track program and gives you the opportunity to hear from the researchers themselves.

An album of all the recorded talks from THREADS 2013 is available on Vimeo.

Speaker Talk
Peiter "Mudge" Zatko
Opening Remarks
Jacob Torrey
Assured Information Security
Measurement of Running Executables
Jonathan Grier
Grier Forensics
Detecting Patterns of Theft with Pyrometers
Mark Haase, Chris Taylor
Hidden Layer LLC
Static Code Analysis with Machine Learning
Tomislav Pericin, Mario Vuksan
Detecting OS X and Windows Bootkits with RDFU
Vico Marziale, Joe Sylve
504ENSICS Labs
Differential Analysis of Malware in RAM
Michael Costello, Ang Cui
Red Balloon Security
Firmware Fun Time
Dan Griffin
JW Secure
BIOS Integrity Measurements Heuristics Tool
Joshua Saxe
Invincea Labs
A Crowd-Trained Machine Learning Model for Malware Capability Detection
Michael Ossman
Great Scott Gadgets
HackRF: A Low Cost Software Defined Radio Platform
Julien Vanegue
Sergey Bratus
Dan Caselden
Brandon Edwards
Pete Markowsky
Chris Rohlf
Dionysus Blazakis
Travis Goodspeed
Meredith Patterson
PANEL: Are Reversing and Exploitation an Art or a Science?
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Mike Walker
Could a purpose-built supercomputer play DEFCON capture the flag?

THREADS 2012 (Mobile Security)

Speaker Talk
Nasir Memon, NYU-Poly Opening Remarks [video]
Dan Guido, NYU-Poly Executive Overview: NYU-Poly & Mobile Security [video] [slides]
Dino Dai Zovi, NYU-Poly iOS Jailbreak Analysis [video] [slides]
Mike Arpaia, iSEC Partners Mobile Exploit Intelligence Project [video] [slides]
Collin Mulliner, NEU Probing Mobile Operator Networks [video] [slides]
Vincenzo Iozzo, Trail of Bits A Tale of Mobile Threats [video] [slides]
Chris Rohlf, Leaf SR Analysis of the Google Native Client Sandbox [paper] [slides]
Jon Oberheide, DUO Security Mobile Vulnerability Assessment: There's an App for That [website] [blog]

We would like to thank Evan Jensen at NYU-Poly for his assistance organizing THREADS 2012.