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  • Researchers reveal methods behind car hack at Defcon

    Posted August 5, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    Two security researchers at Defcon on Friday revealed the methods they used to hack into car computers and take over the steering, acceleration, breaks and other important functions.
  • Black Hat 2013: Rise of the (smart) machines

    Posted August 5, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Don’t let all the light and heat over the NSA’s PRISM program fool you. The big story at this year’s annual Black Hat and DEFCON conferences was the myriad of ways that intelligent machines – from televisions to automobiles to medical devices – are creating new privacy and security risks.
  • Defcon founder's message to feds fair to some, hypocritical to others

    Posted July 15, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Defcon founder Jeff Moss' request to government agencies asking them not to attend next month's annual Defcon hacker conference has evoked a mixed response from the security community.
  • Feds asked to sit out Defcon hacking conference this year

    Posted July 11, 2013 - 8:13 am

    The organizers of the Defcon hacking convention have publicly asked U.S. federal government workers not to attend the event this year due to tension in the hacker community caused by the recent revelations about the U.S. government's electronic surveillance efforts.
  • Black Hat, Defcon security horror stories show enterprise vulnerabilities

    Posted September 12, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Java hacks, VPN hacks, firewall hacks and even hotel room key hacks. Nothing is safe anymore, judging from an analysis of presentations at Black Hat and Defcon this summer. The lesson for enterprise CIOs? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  • Defcon Wi-Fi hack called no threat to enterprise WLANs

    Posted August 6, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Security researchers at the recent Defcon event showed a successful attack against one part of Wi-Fi network security, but experts say it will have zero impact on enterprise WLANS.
  • Defcon 20 badges: A hacker's afternoon delight

    Posted August 1, 2012 - 11:28 am

    At Defcon you definitely need a badge, and they definitely aren't stinkin'.
  • The NSA at Defcon 20: Shock, then awe?

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    How did hackers respond to the head of the NSA attending - and speaking at - the 20th anniversary of their famous conference? Surprisingly, with open arms (literally).
  • R u h4X0R? n33d @ jo8? NSA wants you (locked up in a cubicle, not a cell)

    Posted August 2, 2011 - 2:25 pm

    NSA, the intelligence agency responsible for eavesdropping on foreign conversations and digital communications, is at Black Hat to recruite hackers to crack the "hardest problems," and is willing to put up with people who don't wear crisp white shirts every day to get them.
  • Black Hat demo shows you don't have to be the Air Force to own a WiFi spy drone

    Posted July 29, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    You can't get to every target you'd like to hack through the Internet. Sometimes it's better to hover over the WiFi network or smartphone owner and just listen covertly on what's going on. If the BUZZZZ of your engine doesn't tip off your targets.
  • What to watch at Black Hat and Defcon

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Expect some chaos this week in Las Vegas. Expect some surprises. If you're attending, expect a hangover. But also look out for some interesting security stories on these five big themes.
  • Black Hat too commercial for you?

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 8:50 pm

    Two premiere security conferences -- Black Hat and DefCon -- run back-to-back in Las Vegas this week, each with their own distinct flavor. But even these events don't meet the needs of all computer security pros, setting the stage for a widening set of satellite events.
  • The Robin Sage experiment: Fake profile fools security pros

    Posted July 13, 2010 - 11:25 am

    An experiment that called for creating a fake social networking personality managed to snare even seasoned security veterans.
  • Fake ATM doesn't last long at hacker meet

    Posted August 2, 2009 - 7:52 am

    LAS VEGAS (08/02/2009) - Criminals running an ATM card-skimming scam made a big mistake this week: They tried to hit the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas.
  • Judge dissolves gag order against MIT students

    Posted August 19, 2008 - 3:06 pm

    A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday dissolved a gag order against a trio of MIT students who said they found flaws in the Massachusetts transit authority's ticketing system.
  • Judge refuses to lift gag order in subway-hack case

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 9:59 am

    A federal judge in Boston Thursday refused to lift a temporary restraining order preventing three MIT students from publicly discussing details of several security vulnerabilities that they found in the electronic ticketing system used by the city's mass transit authority.
  • Flying to Defcon with no ID

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 9:20 am

    Before Sherri Davidoff flew out to Defcon this year, she made sure to cover up the "Global Hacking Permit 230291" sticker on her laptop with a photo of two adorable puppies. She figured it might help things go a little more smoothly as she ventured to fly out to this week's hacker convention in Las Vegas without using any ID.
  • Wall of Sheep: Coming to your company?

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 8:17 pm

    The Wall of Sheep has become a fixture of the Defcon hacker conference: a wall with a long list of details showing who at the conference has sent readable data using insecure wireless connections.
  • Court halts subway hacker talk

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 8:09 pm

    A U.S. District Court judge ordered the cancellation of a Defcon conference talk scheduled for Sunday that would have detailed flaws in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority electronic ticketing system.
  • Massachusetts transit agency sues to stop hacker talk

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 8:04 pm

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has sued three students and their school, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hoping to stop them from disclosing flaws in the MBTA's electronic ticketing system.
  • Covert operation floats network-sniffing balloon

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    Rick Hill won't say where he launched his "wardriving" balloon on Friday, but he will tell you that it got a pretty good look at about 370 wireless networks, while scanning up and down the Las Vegas Strip.
  • EFF to appeal court order halting subway hacker talk

    Posted August 10, 2008 - 7:51 pm

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation plans to appeal a U.S. District Court order imposing a temporary injunction on a Defcon presentation that would have detailed flaws in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority electronic ticketing system.
  • Security vendors slam Defcon virus contest

    Posted April 28, 2008 - 8:23 pm

    There will be a new contest at the Defcon hacker conference this August, inviting hackers to find new ways of beating antivirus software. Contestants will get some sample virus code that they must modify and try to sneak past the antivirus products.
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