Why Nominated: A top security consultant who has dedicated himself to improving security for over 15 years, Alejandro Hernández was responsible for uncovering major security flaws in stock trading technologies.
Profile: Alejandro Hernández, who presented new, ground-breaking research regarding security flaws in stock trading technologies during the 2018 Black Hat conference, also discovered significant stock trading vulnerabilities that bad actors could use to gain access to consumer’s personal banking information. The flaws would also allow attackers to steal money as well as be privy to net worth and investment strategies. He found vulnerabilities such as unencrypted authentication, communications, passwords and trading data, in addition to remote Denial of Service (DoS). The financial industry, he found, was riddled with weak password policies, hardcoded secrets and poor session management.
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