The conference, hosted by the security firm Immunity, which is now owned by secure infrastructure provider Cyxtera Technologies, has been running since 2011. The 2019 event began on Thursday US time (Friday AEDT) and concludes on Friday at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
Well-known technology writer Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai tweeted on 2 May: "I'm not at #INFILTRATE19 but if you are and wanna chat with a journalist (since we're not allowed this year, maybe you miss us?) see my contact in bio."
In case you are wondering, yes, press passes did exist in the past.— Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai (@lorenzofb) May 1, 2019
Franceschi-Bicchierai,. who is on the staff of Motherboard, a Vice Media website, added: "In case you are wondering, yes, press passes did exist in the past."
Infiltrate styles itself as "a deep technical security conference that focuses on offensive technical issues". It is sponsored by Microsoft, Intel, Exodus, Trail of Bits, Raytheon, Google, AWS, Zerodium, Corellium and Resecurity.
All I'm saying is that if you get tired of talking about exploits in the pool I'm here. OK?— Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai (@lorenzofb) May 1, 2019
Immunity was founded by former NSA hacker Dave Aitel who is not averse to a bit of publicity himself; this writer interviewed him at length in 2005 when he was under pressure from proprietary software vendors and a senior researcher over the way he ran his company.
At the time, Aitel and his researchers followed a business model of providing clients with inside knowledge of the vulnerabilities they found without ever informing the vendor of the software in question.
In January, Immunity was acquired by Cyxtera for an unspecified amount.
iTWire contacted Cyxtera a few days back via the only way that the company provides – a Web form. Aitel was contacted on Twitter.
No response has been received as yet.
This morning, the Infiltrate organisers were contacted. The message bounced with this advice: <[email protected]> (expanded from <[email protected]>): host al-ip4-mx-vip2.prodigy.net[18.104.22.168] said: 550 5.7.1 Connections not accepted from servers without a valid sender domain.alph759 Fix reverse DNS for 22.214.171.124 (in reply to MAIL FROM command)
The message has now been resent from a stock Gmail address.