What are Sledgehammer and Ergenekon?
Sledgehammer and Ergenekon are high-profile and ongoing political trials in Turkey. Sledgehammer involves an alleged Turkish military coup and some of the most sophisticated digital forgeries Arsenal has ever seen. Ergenekon involves an alleged "deep state" in Turkey with ties to the military, academia, NGOs, and media. Forged documents critical to these cases include plans to bomb mosques, shoot down a fighter jet, and overthrow the Turkish government.
Why attend this presentation?
The Sledgehammer and Ergenekon cases have received significant press in the Middle East, but are only now receiving serious attention in the United States. A recent New York Times front-page article on February 27 covered these cases, referring to document forgeries identified with digital forensics performed by Arsenal. Attendees will be intrigued by details about Arsenal’s work found exclusively in this presentation, which is being featured by the U.S. Cyber Crime Conference as a general session in order to ensure the maximum number of conference registrants can attend.
What people are saying.
“Mark Spencer's Sledgehammer presentation allows you to see evil up close and personal. He tells an entertaining story and should turn his team's work into a book!” — W. Olin Sibert, President, Oxford Systems, Inc.
“The Sledgehammer presentation is brilliant. The reality is that motivated and technically competent adversaries can, by tampering with evidence, affect the power structures of nations.” — Paul Bowen, Director Emeritus, National Information Security Group, Inc.
"This presentation gives you a front-row seat to evidence tampering on an unprecedented scale. Arsenal's dedication to digital forensics is obvious.” — Joseph Dahlbeck, Sergeant Detective, Boston Police Department
About Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer is President of Arsenal Consulting, where he leads engagements involving digital forensics for law firms, corporations, and government agencies. He is also President of Arsenal Recon, where he guides development of digital forensics tools. Mark has more than 15 years of law-enforcement and private-sector digital forensics experience. Mark has led the Arsenal team on many high-profile and high-stakes cases, from allegations of intellectual property theft and evidence spoliation to support of foreign terrorist organizations and military coup planning. Arsenal Consulting and Recon are located in the Chelsea Naval Magazine, a historic military structure which once stored arms for the USS Constitution, just outside Boston, Massachusetts.