Event RaicesCon 2024 Conference starts on Sep 27, 2024, 12:00:00 PM (America/New_York)
I Spy With My Hacker Eye: How Hackers Use Public Info to Crack Your Creds
50 Minute Solo Talk
Location: Track 2 Room - 9/28/24, 2:45 PM - 9/28/24, 3:35 PM (America/New_York) (50 minutes)
I Spy With My Hacker Eye: How Hackers Use Public Info to Crack Your Creds
Destiney Plaza
Cybersecurity Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute
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Destiney Plaza
Cybersecurity Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute
7169037031

Destiney M. Plaza is a Cybersecurity Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Destiney is heavily invested in mentorship, and loves inspiring others to join the tech field. She has given multiple talks and workshops to a diversity of audiences ranging from beginners to cybersecurity professionals. She holds a CISSP, BS in computer science, and MS in management information systems with a concentration in information assurance.


Did you know there are 500 million tweets per day? 3 billion monthly active Facebook users? 1 billion LinkedIn members? Are you one of them? Did you know that your shared information could be putting you at risk? Publicly Available Electronic Information (PAEI) can make it easier for hackers to target you for monetary or reputation damage. Without knowing how exactly a hacker can crack your password, it can be difficult to take steps to protect yourself from bad actors. A survey from the Digital Guardian mentioned that about 50% of participants reuse passwords. It also stated that 32.8% did not know what two-factor authentication was, 38.6% write their password on a sticky note, and 16.1% store their password in a file. With great power comes great responsibility, and this applies to user password practices. Passwords are the #1 desired data type by hackers, and personal data is ranked #2 according to the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Report. Additionally, 89% of web application breaches involved credential abuse. In this talk, we will go over how a hacker can use seemingly benign information to customize their attack on a victim by showing a scenario-based attack and demo (using free and open-source tools). Additionally, you will learn how hackers can gather information about you, common mistakes people make that put themselves at risk, and how to protect yourself.


Three skills gained by attending this session: 

1.) Learn how to use open-source tools used to crack passwords, along with a methodology for how hackers may gain access to your accounts. 

2.) Attendees will learn what makes a strong password and such passwords can stave off automated cracking tools. 

3.) Putting on a hacker lens, so that you can take appropriate steps to protect yourself.


Reimagining the Future: Empowering Latino Cybersecurity Professionals


Welcome to RaicesCon24, the premier annual cybersecurity conference organized by RaicesCyber.org! Join us for an immersive and enlightening experience as we explore the latest trends, innovations, and challenges in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity, with a special focus on the Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and LatinX community.