Merab Tato Kutalia

Information & Communications Technology

android Software Development

Tbilisi, T'bilisi, Georgia

Merab Tato Kutalia

Android Software Engineer / Chapter Lead, GDG Tbilisi Organizer

Software Engineer with 8 years of experience, specialising in Android development. He is a fan of all things software development, particularly architecture with a penchant for exploring the potentials of the platform. Out of work, Merab maintains an active podcast about work ethics and career growth, writes tech-blogs and is a GDG organizer and speaker at development meetups (DevFests, OWASP) and beyond. Cares about community and newcomers. Alongside his technological pursuits, he is an amateur cyclist and runner, biohacker and spends lots of time on personal development.


Current sessions

Reverse and Inject

Android reverse engineering & malware injection. As Android engineers, we often like tinkering with the platform and for us, it is much easier to recognize some patterns while analyzing malicious code which gives us a huge advantage. This talk aims to explore the basics of reverse engineering, trending tools. How to decompile, disassemble the application, how to find malicious code snippets and what are the possible pitfalls. Difference between static and dynamic analysis. A little bit about Smali and DEX compilers. We will have 2 live demos. First: show how to reverse engineer an application and second: at the end of the session, we will decompile APK, plant malicious code, repackage again and install on the device to test it for educational purposes. Also will provide some introductory info on what is the Catch The Flag challenges and how we can practice.

Defensive Programming x FinTech

Defend against the impossible, because the impossible will happen!
How to avoid common errors in the code and how to master this discipline. Will try to show good and bad examples achieving safe and cleaner code. But there is another extreme part of this: overly defensive code, too much defensive code, I'm going to underline this thin line between defensive and extremely defensive code. Bonus: From my experience, most FinTech Android applications nowadays do it wrong when it comes to money so we will try to fix it

Past and future events

droidcon APAC 2020

13 Dec 2020 - 14 Dec 2020