Mafiaboy To Address IT360° Conference & Expo on Why the Internet is Still Broken

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IT360° Conference & Expo (http://www.it360.ca) announces famed hacker Michael Calce, aka Mafiaboy, as the event's opening keynote address at 9:30am on April 8, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. After launching attacks that paralyzed the websites of Amazon, eBay, CNN and other major Internet properties in 2000, Calce, then 15 years-old, was apprehended after an investigation by the RCMP and FBI. Using his experience as a cautionary tale, Calce will address IT360° attendees.

IT360° Conference & Expo (http://www.it360.ca) announces famed hacker Michael Calce, aka Mafiaboy, as the event's opening keynote address at 9:30am on April 8, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. After launching attacks that paralyzed the websites of Amazon, eBay, CNN and other major Internet properties in 2000, Calce, then 15 years-old, was apprehended after an investigation by the RCMP and FBI. For almost a decade Calce ignored requests for interviews and kept silent about the attacks. Using his experience as a cautionary tale, Calce will address IT360° attendees as he shares his story and offers his views on how hacking and Internet vulnerabilities have evolved since his crimes.

"Since my attacks, I have watched the Internet become an even more integral part of business and everyday life. At the same time, the number of vulnerabilities has increased. This keynote gives me an opportunity to share my story and perspective on IT security with leading members of the Canadian industry, and help raise awareness about the need for better security education and practices within the office, and inside of our homes.," said Michael Calce.

Calce's keynote will be conducted in a unique format. He will be interviewed by Craig Silverman, co-author of Mafiaboy: How I Cracked The Internet and Why It's Still Broken. Questions from the audience will be taken at the conclusion of the keynote interview.

Bruce Cole, president of Plum Communications Inc. and producer of IT360°, says, "Michael and Craig will examine past security issues; where we were, where we are and the current state of the industry. This live interview will be very topical and timely given the challenges we all face to secure our businesses. Their insights should be very provocative."

Registration is now open for IT360° Conference & Expo, Canada's only comprehensive IT event dedicated to providing business professionals complete IT solutions. Calce and Silverman's keynote is included in all registrations.

About IT360° Conference & Expo 2009:
IT360° Conference and Expo is an IT360 Inc. (http://www.it360.ca) event managed by Plum Communications working in partnership with ITWorld Canada addresses the critical issues facing the industry while providing realistic strategies to enable the implementation of the best and most cost efficient solutions. Plum Communications Inc. is a leading Canadian organizer of community-based IT events "Cultivating Innovation in Technology" since 1984 focusing on what companies are doing and how IT professionals are implementing new systems. http://www.it360.ca

About Michael Calce, aka Mafiaboy:
Michael Calce gained notoriety as the hacker Mafiaboy and pleaded guilty to fifty-six charges. After serving his sentence, he worked for a major computer retailer, wrote a computer security column for Le Journal de Montreal, and co-authored the book Mafiaboy. He now uses his knowledge to help people and businesses protect themselves online. He lives in Montreal.

About Craig Silverman:
Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author. His writing has also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, and Report On Business magazine. He has written about hacking and information security for a variety of publications and spent three years at Zero-Knowledge Systems, an online privacy and security company. He is the editor of http://www.regrettheerror.com and co-author of Mafiaboy.

For further information contact:
Stephanie Cole, Event Publicist, IT360, 905.695.0123 x211
Stephen Myers, Senior Publicist, Penguin Group (Canada) 416.928.2420

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