Archive for August, 2008

DefCon 16, Day 1

Having finished up with the BlackHat briefings, it was time to go on to DefCon.  While many of the speakers from BlackHat stay on for DefCon, there’s also a lot of DefCon-only presentations, usually with a more attack-oriented focus (in keeping with DefCon’s nature as a hacker convention rather than a security conference like BlackHat.) […]

anonymity, attacks, crypto, networks, physical security

BlackHat 2008, Day 2

The second day of BlackHat 2008 began with a keynote speech by Rod Beckstrom, the director of NCSC (the National Cyber Security Center.) Most of this consisted of painfully strained Civil War analogies and the overuse of the word “Cyber” to describe absolutely everything. He made some good points — specifically, that in order to […]

attacks, legal, mitigations, SOA/XML, trusted client

BlackHat 2008, Day 1

Today was the first day of this year’s BlackHat Briefings in Las Vegas. The biggest security conference of the year, it’s always an interesting place to be and often involves the release of new and previously unknown exploits. The keynote speaker was Ian Angell, of the London School of Economics, who was speaking, ostensibly, about […]

attacks, hardware, industry, mitigations, SOA/XML