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Into the Mind of the Hacker

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Date and Time: 
April 23, 2012 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
SSMS Lab 1303-1304
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The UCSB Web Standards Group and the Office of Information Systems & Technology present a hands-on training journey - Into the Mind of the Hacker.

What do hackers look for? Why would hackers target me? What can hackers do with a vulnerability?

Designed for those with a working knowledge of HTTP, HTML, SQL, and a server-side programming language (PHP, .NET, etc.), this intermediate-level, hands-on workshop will introduce participants to ethical Web application hacking. Participants will learn how to hack into a vulnerable Web application, with a focus on SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting attacks. We will also learn how to protect a Web application from these attacks.

This workshop is free and open to all UCSB campus employees. Registration is limited to 50 participants. Pre-registration is required. Sign up online at (log in with your UCSBNetID and search for "Hacker"). For questions, send email to

Adam Doupé is a PhD candidate at UCSB. He works in the Computer Security lab with his advisor Giovanni Vigna. Adam's research identifies new threats against Web applications and secures Web applications from attacks. He also does penetration testing professionally: companies pay him to hack their Web applications. Adam's dream is to rid all Web applications of security vulnerabilities.

Attendees Training Activity Survey

To complete the exit evaluation for this workshop, login with your UCSB NetID and password. 

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