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F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer to deliver keynote in HITBSecConf

Filed under: Press / Media — Administrator @ 4:24 pm

August 10, 2005

F-Secure Corporation today announced that Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, will deliver the keynote presentation at the HITBSecConf security conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He will speak on Thursday, September 29th at The Westin Kuala Lumpur hotel.

HITBSecConf is known as the best computer security conference in Asia. Past and future speakers in the conference include Captain Crunch, Bruce Schneier, Tony Chor (Microsoft), Marius Eriksen (Google), Joanna Rutkowska, The Grugq, Paul Mcnabb, Adam Gowdiak, Job De Haas, LSD, HD Moore, San (X-Focus), Roberto Preatoni and Theo De Raadt.

“I’m honoured to be invited as the keynote speaker for HITBSecConf 2005″, says Mikko Hypponen. “And I can’t recommend this conference highly enough for anybody who wants the latest deep-down technical knowledge on computer security issues”.

Mr. Hypponen’s presentation, titled “Mobile Malware” will discuss the current situation with mobile phone viruses. The first real viruses infecting mobile phones were found during late 2004. Since then, dozens of different viruses and Trojans - including cases like Commwarrior, Lasco and Skulls - have been found. Mobile phone viruses use totally new spreading vectors such as Multimedia messages and Bluetooth. How exactly do these mobile viruses work?

Virus writers have always been trying to attack new platforms - what draws them now towards the mobile phone? Are phones as a platform simply widespread enough, or is the possibility of making easy money via phone billing systems driving this development? Where are we now and what can we expect to see in the Mobile Malware of the future?

Mikko Hypponen is the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure Corp. He has been analysing viruses since 1991. He has consulted several high-profile organizations on computer security issues, including IBM, Microsoft, FBI, US Secret Service, Interpol and the Scotland Yard. Mr. Hypponen (35) led the team that infiltrated the Slapper worm attack network in 2002, took down the world-wide network used by the Sobig.F worm in 2003 and was the first to warn the world about the Sasser outbreak in 2004.

About F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation is the fastest growing publicly listed company globally in the antivirus and intrusion prevention industry with more than 50% revenue growth in 2004. F-Secure services and software protect individuals and businesses against computer viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our award-winning solutions include antivirus and desktop firewall with intrusion prevention, antispam and antispyware solutions. Our key strength is our proven speed of response to new threats.

For businesses our solutions feature a centrally managed and well integrated suite of solutions for workstations and servers alike. Focused partners offer security as a service for those companies that do not wish to build security expertise in-house. Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since 1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in USA, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan.F-Secure is supported by a global ecosystem of service partners, value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through mobile handset manufacturers such as Nokia and as a service through major Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Charter Communications. The latest real-time virus threat scenario news are available at the F-Secure Antivirus Research Team weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/

About HITBSecConf2005 - Malaysia

HITBSecConf2005 - Malaysia is the 5th conference in the HITBSecConf conference series and is supported and endorsed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Malaysia Administrative Modernisation & Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). Malaysia Airlines is the Official Airline Partner for the event.

For further details and to register http://conference.hackinthebox.org/ or call Hack In The Box (M) Sdn. Bhd. at +603-20394724.

Press inquiries:

F-Secure Corporation
Jaana Sirkia, Communications Manager
PL 24
FIN-00181 Helsinki
Tel +358 9 2520 5290
Fax. +358 9 2520 5018

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