Who owns your cell phone?

Date & Time

Wed, 05/04/2011


The first part of this talk examined the fact that a cellphone, by itself, is useless; without the cooperation of the operator, the sales and service network, subsidies and the like, it would be an expensive and useless brick. As cellphones become more like computers, they rely more and more on diverse infrastructure, and many of the players have conflicting goals. Much frustration can be traced to this tension.

The second part of the talk examined the fact that, as phones become much more like computers, they become targets for
hacking and various kinds of attacks on their security. (Hackers refer to “owning” their targets.) We examined some of the security issues and possible consequences of a breach.


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Marshall Clow

Principal Engineer, Office of the Chief Scientist

Marshall Clow is a Principal Engineer in the office of the Chief Scientist for QUALCOMM Incorporated, where he works on mobile device security and open source issues. He graduated from UCSD with a degree in Computer Science, and has worked for Adobe Systems, Palm and HP as well as Qualcomm. He is currently an active contributor to the LLVM and Boost open source projects.

Greg Rose

Senior Vice President, Office of the Chief ScientistGreg Rose is a Senior VP in the office of the Chief Scientist for QUALCOMM Incorporated, where he works on cryptographic security and authentication for next-generation mobile phones and other technologies and manages other diverse groups. He holds a number of patents for cryptographic methods and has successfully cryptanalyzed widely deployed ciphers. Greg was program chair of the 1996 and 2000 USENIX Security Symposia, and General Chair of Crypto 2003. Some of his papers and free software are available at http://www.seer-grog.net

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