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Short trip report from AVAR 2012 in Hangzhou, China

Avast Security Blogger, 30 November 2012

Short trip report from AVAR 2012 in Hangzhou, China

AVAR Conference is organized by the Association of anti Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR - every year in a different city in Asia region. This year the conference was held in Hangzhou, China. We sent two proposals for a presentation. And both of them were accepted - "Injecting custom payload into signed Windows executables" by Igor Glucksmann (AVAST) and "Your Every Click Counts (But All the Money Goes to Me)" by Lukas Hasik & Jan Sirmer. We spent a week in China at this conference at the beginning of November. Let me share a few photos and comments with you.

We reserved a little bit of time to recover from the jet-lag after more than 11 hours on plane to Shanghai. So we had some time to discover a bit of China.

Shanghai view from the Bund


Hangzhou is a very nice city, or at least I really enjoyed the West Lake. And there is no better way to enjoy it more (in China) than on a bike, of course.

West Lake, Hangzhou, China

Bike ride around the West Lake

Every presentation requires a lot of energy and concentration - it's almost as challenging as climbing the Great Wall. However there are simpler ways to succeed - you can always visit a Buddhist temple.

Climbing the Great Wall


Prayers in a Buddhist temple


A few shots from the conference itself...

Keynote - Maik Morgenstern & Andreas Marx from AV-TEST


Igor Glucksmann from Avast during his presentation


Jan Sirmer, Igor Glucksmann, Lukas Hasik - all from Avast, of course ;)

After the conference we finally enjoyed the China as tourists before the long flight back to Prague.

walking, walking


lost in translation - it was really tricky to find yourself on a map with street names only in Chinese


enjoying less touristic areas of the town


real local breakfast!

dumplings and chopsticks


wanna a bite?

After the intensive days we sometimes felt as tired as the panda in the Beijing Zoo.



sleeping panda in Beijing Zoo