Inner Workings of the Dark Web

  • Space 23 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL, 60611 United States
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Enter in through the "After Words Bookstore" and go straight back to the event room. A sign will with "Evolve Security Meet Up Group" will be posted.


Since the infamous Silk Road takedown by the FBI in 2013, the Dark Web economy has been exponentially increasing in both user base and revenue year-over-year. The need for esoteric knowledge in order to engage in transactions via this shadow Internet has subsided greatly, allowing average computer users access to the vast underground of illicit economies. 2016 in particular has seen turbulent growth and high-profile media coverage, putting it in the forefront of everybody’s minds. In this talk, we’ll present the cold hard truth behind the various commodities being bought and sold via this pseudo-anonymous marketplace, with a depth and insight The Media is simply not able to provide. Topics covered will include: money laundering via cryptocurrency, Hacking as a Service, hitmen for hire, human trafficking, and much, much more!

Food and Drinks Will Be Provided thanks to our Sponsor onShore Security!

About Johnny Xmas:

Johnny Xmas is a penetration tester for the Chicago-Based MSS and Security Assessment firm RedLegg International, and has been speaking Internationally on the topics of Information Security, Career Advancement and Social Engineering for nearly 15 years. You may recall him from various local news appearances, his work on the 2015 TSA keys leak, or as the Hacking Expert on Gamespot \ MATPAT’s “Reality Check” series. His infamous mixture of humor, raw sincerity and honest love of people lead to hilarious, but at their core serious discussions revolving around his frustration over how much people seem to desire to get in their own way. Master of terrible accessorizing, you’ll often find him mixing vests with wallet chains, man buns and bracelets, and almost invariably topping it all off with a pair of cat ears that have heard more than you’d ever want to know.

About Evolve Security

Evolve is a cyber security bootcamp that provides students with hands-on training from highly experienced industry professionals. Evolve partners with not-for-profits, performing security assessment work throughout the curriculum, giving each student the real project work experience and concrete practical skills that are needed to land or advance a career. Evolve’s primary focus is on creating top-tier cyber security talent and placing them into high-paying jobs through professional staffing and direct hire services.

About onShore Security:

Founded in 1991, onShore Security is one of only a handful of managed cybersecurity providers, nationwide, that provide 24/7 real-time monitoring, correlation, and analysis of organization-wide network data. We collect data from any system, IDS on your site, cloud-placed sensors, netflow collectors, firewalls, network devices including encrypted payloads, and correlate that with logs from your systems to achieve an end-to-end security view. We specialize in banks, handling some fairly large regional institutions.