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Alexis Dorais-Joncas
Security Intelligence Team Lead

Education: M. Sc., Electrical Engineering

Highlights of your career? VP engineering @ tech startup Kryptiva
Malware Researcher @ ESET
Security Intelligence Team Lead @ ESET

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET as a Malware Researcher in 2010
Co-started ESET Canada office in Montreal in 2011
Currently holding a Security Intelligence Team Lead position in Montreal.

What malware do you hate the most? Festi

Favorite activities? Camping and home improvement projects.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Use multiple layers of protection: A-V, hardened browsers & OS, etc.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? In 1996, my parents got the family a Pentium 1 @133 Mhz and 16 Mb RAM. 6 months later we even installed a 9600 modem to connect to the Internet.

Favorite computer game/activity? Freecell is awesome.

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Andrew Lee
CEO North America

Education? MSc

Highlights of your career? Founder of AVIEN, Board member of SDRCC, NCSA, AVAR

Position and history at ESET?
Current: CEO of ESET North America
Previous: CRO of ESET LLC

What malware do you hate the most? Adware

Favorite activities? Running, playing guitar.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t click stuff.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1987, Amstrad PC1640.

Favorite computer game/activity? Quake, Age of Empires, Metal Gear series.

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Aryeh Goretsky
Distinguished Researcher

Highlights of your career? First employee at McAfee; Director at Tribal Voice, one of the first instant messaging companies; moderator at several popular online communities, including Lenovo, Lockergnome Help Forum, Scots Newsletter Forum and Wilders Security Forum; received Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and Neowin Most Valuable Contributor awards.

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET in 2005 as Manager, Support; moved to Manager, Research in 2006; promoted to Distinguished Researcher in 2009.

What malware do you hate the most? Malware that alters, corrupts, destroys, modifies or steals a user’s data is on my “most-hated” list. To me, that’s the ultimate violation of a user’s computer.

Favorite activities? Reading, sleeping

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Avoid the impulse to click on things.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? The first computer I used would probably have been a Commodore PET. I also used the Apple ][ and Commodore 64. This would have been the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Favorite computer game/activity? I spend most of my free computing time on forums helping answer other users’ technology questions.

I used to play City of Heroes and World of Warcraft with others, but game so infrequently now that everyone in those teams/guilds had pretty much surpassed me. These days, it’s mostly solo games of Diablo 3 and Torchlight 2.

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Benjamin Vanheuverzwijn
Malware Researcher

Education? B. Eng. Electrical Engineering

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET in 2010 as a Malware Researcher

What malware do you hate the most? RSA BSAFE

Favorite activities? Reverse engineering, coffee’ing the world and being a robot.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Disassemble it first!

When did you get your first computer? 1995, it was a Pentium 166 MHz with a modem.

Favorite computer game? Warcraft 2, then one day there was the Internet.

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Bruce Burrell
Security Researcher

Education: I highly recommend it.

Position: Security researcher

Most-loathed malware: Whatever afflicts the customer

Golden Rule: Never open attachments or links in unsolicited email (or IMs, or whatever), even when they appear to be from those you know and trust; Silver Rule: Protect your privacy!

First computer: Digi-Comp     

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Cameron Camp
Malware Researcher

Education: CISSP, RHCSA

Highlights of your career? Reverse engineering human brain patterns.

What malware do you hate the most? Nation state sponsored low and slow.

Favorite activities? Building and flying airplanes.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Stupid hurts.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1988, Radio Shack TRS-80.

Favorite computer game/activity? Java/Big Data algorithms to find brain patterns.

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David Harley
Senior Research Fellow

Education? Academic background in modern languages, social sciences, and computer science.

Highlights of your career? I was a late starter (1986) as an IT professional, beginning at the Royal Free Hospital, then with the Human Genome Project (1989), then at Imperial Cancer Research Fund (1991-2001), where I wrote/co-wrote/edited a number of Internet FAQs and my first articles on programming and security. I presented my first conference papers in 1997 (at Virus Bulletin and SANS). In 2001 Osborne published Viruses Revealed (co-written with Robert Slade and Urs Gattiker): VR and the later AVIEN Malware Defense Guide (Syngress) – to which Andrew Lee also contributed – are probably the best known of my books. When I rejoined the UK’s National Health Service in 2006, I ran the Threat Assessment Centre and was the go-to person nationally for malware issues. I left to work as a freelance author and consultant in 2006, which is also when I began to work with ESET.

Position and history at ESET? Senior Research Fellow at ESET N. America. Primarily, I’m an author and blogger, editor, conference speaker, and commentator on a wide range of security issues. Like the rest of the industry, they put up with me because I’ve been around so long.

What malware do you hate the most? Malware is just code. It’s malicious people I detest. While I’ve no love of scammers, I can see that it’s easier to be honest in a relatively prosperous environment – if there is such a thing anymore – and that cybercrime can be driven by an economic imperative. But I have nothing but contempt for those sociopaths who cause harm to others for no reason except that they can.

Favorite activities? The guitar (I still gig and record when time allows), other people’s music. I love opera but don’t attempt to sing it. Photography, art, poetry, country walking – well, ambling is about as much as I can manage at my age – good food and wine, good television when I can find it...

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Scepticism is a survival trait: don’t assume that anything you read online is gospel truth, even this adage.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? Amstrad PCW (primarily a word-processor) in 1986. What else would you expect a not-very-rich author to buy in 1986? :)

Favorite computer game/activity? Extra-curricular writing (blogging, verse and lyrics, articles). Digital photography and miscellaneous artwork.

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Eugene Rodionov
Malware Researcher

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science

Highlights of your career? Focused on the analysis of complex threats. A co-author of the corresponding research papers: “TDL3: The Rootkit of All Evil?”, “Stuxnet Under the Microscope” and “King of Spam: Festi Botnet Analysis”. Received Best Speaker award at AVAR 2012.

Position and history at ESET? Malware Researcher, Security Intelligence Program. Joined ESET team since 2010 as Malware Researcher.

What malware do you hate the most? Win32/Flamer is the malware I hate the most. I guess it’s needless to say why? ;)

Favorite activities? Reversing, programming, teaching.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? I got my first computer in 1998 it was Pentium 200.

Favorite computer game/activity? I spent my free time reading fiction/scientific-popular books and swimming.

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Graham Cluley
Independent security analyst

Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher and public speaker. He has been working in the computer security industry since the early 1990s, having been employed by companies such as Sophos, McAfee and Dr Solomon’s. He has given talks about computer security for some of the world’s largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats.

In 2011 he was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley

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Jean-Ian Boutin
Malware Researcher

Education? B. Eng. Electical Engineering / M. Eng. Computer Engineering

Highlights of your career? My career highlight at ESET was able to present research I conducted at conferences such as Virus Bulletin and ZeroNights.

Position and history at ESET? I joined ESET in 2011. I am a malware researcher in the Security Intelligence program.

What malware do you hate the most? Win32/SpyEye. It was the first investigation I did when I joined ESET and, while it was a good learning experience, I still resent it ;)

Favorite activities? I love playing with my kids, cycling, jogging and playing the piano.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Be paranoid enough.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? My dad got me my first computer – a Commodore-64 – in 1988.

Favorite computer game/activity? My favorite computer game is the EA NHL series.

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Joan Calvet
Malware Researcher

Education: B. Eng. Computer Engineering / Ph.D. Computer Science

Highlights of your career? The day I successfully made coffee at ESET Montréal’s office. I also presented at some security conferences like REcon and Virus Bulletin.

Position and history at ESET? I joined ESET in 2013, and before that I collaborated on several projects with ESET, as a LateX writer mainly. I am currently a malware researcher in the Security Intelligence Program.

What malware do you hate the most? I don’t have a favorite, I really execrate all of them.

Favorite activities? Reading sci-fi and cage fighting.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t be naive.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? Good old 1990s, with a Pentium 200 (MMX).

Favorite computer game/activity? Losing at Quake Live.

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Lysa Myers
Security Researcher

Education? 15 years in the trenches – helping users, analyzing malware, talking with people implementing security technology, and testing security software.

Highlights of your career? Seeing the first few droplets before the Melissa virus storm hit, surviving the Worm Wars of 2004, my first presentation at VB in 2006, and having an article published in USA Today in 2013.

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET: 2013. Current title: Security Researcher

What malware do you hate the most? The ExploreZip family – it overwrote files, thus destroying the data. Plenty of people lost a lot of work as a result of those outbreaks.

Favorite activities? Adventuring and whimsy-seeking.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1981 Commodore VIC-20. And then I continued using a variety of early-80s technology until roughly 1993 (oof!).

Favorite computer game/activity? Catching up on my RSS Feeds.

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Marc-Etienne M.Léveillé
Malware Researcher

Education:Software Engineering student at École de Technologie supérieure

Highlights of your career? OSX/Flashback analysis

Position and history at ESET? Malware Researcher since January 2012

What malware do you hate the most? Malware that steals money or destroys documents

Favorite activities? Photography, Cycling, Playing the clarinet

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? I rember playing with the TI-99 of my grandfather. At the time it was only playing simple games ;)

Favorite computer game/activity? CTF competitions

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Oh Sieng Chye
Malware Researcher

Education? Degree in Information Technology

Position and history at ESET? Malware Researcher

What malware do you hate the most? All malware

Favorite activities? Running, Scuba Diving, Basketball.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Treat cyber assets like real assets.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? Early 90s. Pentium 386.

Favorite computer game/activity? Pac-Man.

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Olivier Bilodeau
Malware Researcher

Highlights of your career? Speaking at Defcon, winning at local hacking games competitions (CTFs) and losing at the international ones.

Position and history at ESET? Malware researcher. Joined ESET in 2012.

What malware do you hate the most? Server-side malware running on linux but targeting Windows end-users.

Favorite activities? Brewing my own beer, trolling on IRC and fixing my house.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Use a password manager!

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? My parents bought us a CoCo 2. I don’t remember when but I was very young. My parents like to say that I learned to type my name on this computer before learning how to write it on paper.

Favorite computer game/activity? vim

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Pablo Ramos
Head of LATAM Research Lab

Education Software Engineering student at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina.

Highlights of career Virus Bulletin speaker in Dallas 2012

Position and history at ESET Security Researcher

What malware you hate the most? Win32/Dorkbot

Favorite activities Running, Skateboarding, Snowboard, Surf and Futbol

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Keep it as safe and open as you can

When did you get your first computer and what kind? I was only a child, I still do not remember the model, and I was only 7 years old.

Favorite computer game/activity Winning Eleven, Age of the Empires and programming

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Peter Stancik
Security Evangelist

Education: Masters Degree in Communications and Informatics

Favorite activities? Hiking, Photography, Biking, Squash.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Be a sceptic.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1988 – Didaktik Gama

Favorite computer game/activity? Supaplex, Bomberman.

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Pierre-Marc Bureau
Security Intelligence Program Manager

Education? Master Degree in Computer Engineering.

Position and history at ESET? Security Intelligence Program Manager.

What malware do you hate the most? The ones written in VB and Delphi.

Favorite activities? Rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Apply the same caution in cyberspace and in real life.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1988 – Apple II.

Favorite computer game/activity? Losing at Capture the Flag competitions.

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Righard Zwienenberg
Senior Research Fellow

Education: Yes

Highlights of your career? Being in the business for 25 years in August 2013.

What malware do you hate the most? Data destroyers.

Favorite activities? Drums, magic, squash.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Practice Safe Hex.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1979, Commodore PET 2001.

Favorite computer game/activity? Jumpman (C=64).

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Rob Waugh
Independent Correspondent

Highlights of your career? Interviewing one of the team that broke the Enigma code.

What malware do you hate the most? The Love Bug - I was the guy who opened it.

Favorite activities? Testing smartphones (I often have three or more on the go).

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1984, ZX Spectrum.

Favorite computer game/activity? World of Warcraft - but I gave up, and have been 'clean' for two years.

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Robert Lipovsky
Malware Researcher

Education? Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Highlights of your career? Giving presentations at several security conferences, including EICAR, CARO, and Virus Bulletin.

Position and history at ESET? Malware Researcher since 2007, currently holds the position Security Intelligence Team Lead.

What malware do you hate the most? Grayware/PUAs – when malware authors complain about detection and try to convince you they’re not malware.

Favorite activities? Snowboarding, listening to music, playing guitar…

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Be reasonably paranoid..

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? During primary school. It was an Intel 8088 palmtop, used it for programming in GW-BASIC 

Favorite computer game/activity? Project I.G.I.

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Sebastián Bortnik
Research & Technology Manager

Education? CISM Certificate (Certified Information Security Manager).

Highlights of your career? Working on networking and information security for 10 years.

Joined ESET after wining a prize for university students with a paper on Heuristics.

Giving talks around Latam for the last 4 years in different universities, conferences in more than 15 countries.

Position and history at ESET? Education & Research Manager: Jan2012 – Present

Awareness & Research Coordinator: Aug2010 - Dec2011

Awareness & Research Specialist: Feb2009 – Jul2010

What malware do you hate the most? Conficker created a disaster here in Latam, so I’ve been talking too much about this worm for the last three years. It was too much.

Favorite activities? Listen to music, play the guitar, play sports. Also, to talk. =)

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t trust more than in the physical life.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? My mother was a computer teacher, so I've had contact with computers since I was 5 years old. The first was an XT Computer.

Favorite computer game/activity? I love to play basketball games on the computer.

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Sébastien Duquette
Malware Researcher

Education? Graduate in Computer Science at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Highlights of my career? Took part in the investigation on Georbot in spring 2012.

Position and history at ESET? Malware Researcher, ESET Canada. With ESET for 2 years.

What malware do you hate the most? Exploit kits.

Favorite activities? Cycling, Starcraft 2.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Keep your software up to date.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? Commodore 64 when I was 7 years old.

Favorite computer game/activity? Starcraft 2.

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Stephen Cobb
Senior Security Researcher

Education: CISSP (1996)

Highlights of your career? The Stephen Cobb Guide to PC and LAN Security (1992); The first anti-spam router (2001); Privacy for Business (2002)

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET: 2011. Current title: Senior Security Researcher

What malware do you hate the most? Reveton.

Favorite activities? Reading and writing, and some arithmetic.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t put anything on the Internet you wouldn’t want your mother to see.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1982 KayPro II portable computer with dual floppy drives, weighing 26 lbs or 12 Kg.

Favorite computer game/activity? Reading Wikipedia.

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Thomas Uhlemann
Security Researcher

Education? Yes

Highlights of your career? Still haven’t fallen for paranoia

Position and history at ESET? Security Specialist, started in Tech-Support in 2008

What malware do you hate the most? I don’t hate malware, but the people behind it!

Favorite activities? Making music & jokes

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Treat it as real-life

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1990, Amiga 500

Favorite computer game/activity? World of Tanks, F1, Portal 2, FIFA with my son

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