Krakow, Poland, 19 - 21 June 2024

Take a step into the world of black hat hacking groups and follow them step by step through a supply chain attack. 
Software supply chain attacks have become alarmingly more prominent over the past years. Successful exploits have changed the economics adversaries use allowing them to conduct more sophisticated attacks which have wide-reaching implementations. This presentation will focus on exactly how adversaries target and exploit the software supply chain.
We first examine broadly what supply chains are using the SLSA framework and take a short journey into the interesting world of hacker economics, hackanomics if you like. Here we will explain the relationship between financial risk and reward that drives malicious actors' activities, further exploring why attacking the supply chain flipped previous economic models on this on their head.
Next, we will focus our attention on three different methods of attacking the supply chain, these are: 
  • Attacking the CI/CD pipeline 
  • Breaching the version control systems (VCS) 
  • Poisoning open-source dependencies 
  • Abusing AI LLMS
For each of these methods we take a walk through the anatomy of high-profile successful attacks, walking the audience through how initial access was made, how privileges were escalated, and ultimately how the hackers achieved their goals. 
In the final stretch, we'll synthesize our findings into effective defense strategies, emphasizing the concept of inside-out security, breach detection, and containment.
Mackenzie Jackson
GitGuardian
Mackenzie is a developer and security advocate with a passion for DevOps and application security. As the co-founder and former CTO of the health tech company Conpago, he learned first-hand how critical it is to build secure applications with robust developer operations. 
Today Mackenzie continues his passion for security by working with the GitGuardian research team to uncover the latest trends malicious actors are using. Mackenzie is also the host of The Security Repo podcast, an established security writer, and an experienced global speaker.

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