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ShowMeCon: Hacking Convention Comes to St. Louis Area

Date: 6/6/15

By: John Henry

Source: KSDK News Channel 5

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ST. CHARLES – A major hacking convention will soon begin in St. Charles.

More than 600 people are expected to show up for “ShowMeCon” at the Ameristar Casino Monday. Organizer Dave Chronister said the purpose of the event is to teach participants how to defend themselves from cyber-attacks.

Chronister describes himself as an “Ethical Hacker”. He said it’s his job to show corporations the vulnerabilities their computer systems may have.

“We’re teaching people how to take over systems, how to use malware, how malware can by-pass anti-virus,” he said.

The convention comes around the same time that the United States government unveiled details about cyber security breach that may have left the financial and personal information of 4 million current and former government employees exposed. The White House recently blamed China for the incident.

Chronister said state-sponsored hacking is happening to every country in the world.

“One of the things that a lot of state-sponsored hackers will do is that they will take over your home computer and then use that to attack the Defense Department or Wall Street,” Chronister said.

He says St. Louisans need to know that their personal information is most likely already out in the open and it’s quite possible that one day they could be the victim of a cyber-breach.

But, he said there are a few things you can do to attempt to protect yourself.

Companies and government agencies need to make sure employees only have access to the information that they need, not all the data that may be on a system. Chronister added that it’s also important to make sure to use different passwords for different accounts and use all the defensive tools at your disposal.

“Use the anti-virus, use your firewall,” he said. “They’re not perfect, but they’re going to lower your risk.”

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