SXSW 2019: Dogtown Media CTO & Co-Founder Puts Blockchain Security to the Test With Live Cryptocurrency Hacking Demo

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At SXSW 2019, Rob Pope, CTO & Co-Founder of mobile technology studio Dogtown Media, will examine if blockchain is really as secure as we think. With a live hacking demonstration, he will show how hackers can break into encrypted systems to steal cryptocurrency. He’ll also cover processes and measures to properly protect your crypto wallet and holdings.

How secure is blockchain technology, really? Rob Pope, CTO & Co-Founder of mobile app development company, Dogtown Media, aims to find out with his South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019 presentation, “Crypto Crime: How to Steal Cryptocurrency”.

In recent years, blockchain has become synonymous with cybersecurity. Yet, each day brings news of another crypto exchange hack. And the consequences can be severe—in the first half of 2018 alone, according to CNBC, $1.1 billion in crypto assets were stolen from exchanges. Since the start of 2017, MIT Technology Review reported that hackers have made off with almost $2 billion worth of cryptocurrency.

In Pope’s SXSW session, he will examine why this false sense of security exists with blockchain technology. He’ll also show attendees why cryptocurrency is not as secure as the general public believes with a live hacking demonstration of how hackers are able to steal cryptocurrency. Pope will also cover processes and protocols which can be used to properly protect crypto assets.

Founded in 1987, SXSW is a conference and festival that celebrates the interactive, film, and music industries. The convention is held in Austin, Texas each year and is considered the world’s largest gathering of creative professionals. This year’s event will be held from March 8-17.

Rob Pope is a software engineer, cybersecurity expert, and four-time entrepreneur who has helmed the launch of over 200 digital products. He has over 20 years of experience as an ethical hacker, with clients including Barclay’s, HSBC, and the London Metropolitan Police Department.

After an extensive tenure in cybersecurity, he “got a little bored of breaking into things, [so] he decided to make them instead.” He co-founded Dogtown Media in 2011 with the company’s CEO, Marc Fischer.

Headquartered in Venice Beach, California, Dogtown Media is a mobile technology firm that leverages disruptive design strategies and dynamic development to deliver industry-leading apps. To date, the company has created over 200 mobile apps in industries including FinTech, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Healthcare app development.

Rob Pope’s SXSW 2019 session will be held on March 15 at 5 PM in Hilton Austin Downtown’s Salon K.

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