This year I’ve decided to make a departure from the talk-by-talk trip reports I’ve done in the past. Most of the interesting presentations are already online (the whitepapers and slide decks, at least) and I’ll link to them here, but overall this was a very interesting year in information security and I think the gestalt and the keynotes are more important than the specific exploits demonstrated.
The second day of BlackHat started out with a keynote by Mudge. I attended this one despite the normally-dull nature of BlackHat keynotes, because while Mudge is a Fed now (he works for DARPA), he has a long history as a contributor to hacker culture and I wanted to hear what he had to say. [...]
I spent last week in Las Vegas, for BlackHat USA 2011 and DefCon 19 — my annual security conference pilgrimage. Overall impression: the quality of the actual presentations was below-average this year, but it was still an educational experience, a good professional networking event, and probably the most fun I’ve had at DefCon so far. [...]
With the news that the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound resulted in the capture of at least 10 hard drives and over 100 miscellaneous data storage devices (CDs, DVDs, flash drives, floppy disks, etc.), a common question that’s come up on news sites is “So, how likely are we to be able to decrypt these things? How good is the best non-government-grade encryption, anyway?”
I’ve just returned from a trip to BlackHat Briefings USA 2010 and DefCon 18. As always, it was an enjoyable week in Las Vegas learning about the latest research, networking with the surprisingly small world of security professionals, and generally having fun hanging out with a lot of interesting people with the hacker mindset. BlackHat [...]