Cristian Pop

Cyber Security Engineer Garmin


After around 5 years of doing penetration testing on web applications, mobile applications and IoT devices, I went into DevSecOps and started using my security knowledge to defend systems against some of the vulnerabilities that I was exploiting before. However, my passion for hacking and understanding attacks & vulnerabilities remained the same. Once a hacker, always a hacker. I also enjoy taking part in CTFs and making writeups to help others get into CTFs as well, trying to grow the local cyber-security communities and testing new, interesting software in my homelab.  

What are BadUSB attacks and how can you implement them?

In recent years, BadUSB attacks have gained notoriety, being utilized by some APT groups and even drawing warnings from institutions like the FBI. As media attention continues to rise, it is important to understand the mechanics behind these attacks. 

But what exactly are BadUSB attacks? BadUSB attacks leverage the inherent trust that we (and our computers!) place in USB devices, using that trust in order to seamlessly interact with systems. 

This presentation aims to demystify BadUSB attacks, providing attendees with some brief insights into what those attacks are, why do these attacks work, how do they look like and how likely they are. 

We will explore three different methods for implementing and using BadUSB attacks yourself, compare them and discuss their potential applications as part of red-team engagements. 

Drawing from my perssonal experiences, I will share some findings and lessons learned while working on this project: what were the unexpected challenges that I faced and what were the things that worked almost too well. 

Shifting to the defensive perspective, we are going to discuss some tips on how you can guard against BadUSB attacks personally or in your organization.

Are you the next cyber security superstar?

If you are passionate about an information security topic or you have strong technical skills developing researches on your own, you should definitely Apply at Call for Papers. By submitting you will have the chance to showcase your work to +2000 attendees.

Other speakers joining this year

Todor Todorov

Senior Software Engineer Payhawk

Jan Rynes

Solutions Architect Infoblox

Ready for this year's presentations?

By registering you will unlock access to 60+ speakers and two full days with cyber security news & showcases from worldwide leaders.


Sponsors & Partners

They help us make this conference possible.


At Orange Business Services, we help our customers transform their industries, reimagine their services, create a positive impact and unleash the power of their data into an amazing and trusted resource.

With the dual expertise as a global operator coupled with the agility of an end-to-end integrator, Orange Business Services is a global network-native, digital services company. From connectivity, smart mobility services and the cloud to artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and cybersecurity, Orange Business Services helps businesses at every stage of their data management. Orange Business Services is represented in Romania by the business division of Orange Romania and helps large companies, SMEs and public authorities to transform their organizations through the use of technology and digital information.

Platinum Partners
Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Bronze Partner