We have a hundred thousand spies now: they have the capability, they have the information. The law will change; maybe not now, maybe not for a decade, but if don’t strangle this right now, it will change. They can do it, so they must: as Homer said, the blade itself incites to violence.
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.
Having finished with BlackHat, I checked out of the Flamingo and moved to DefCon’s new location this year, the Rio. This was an enormous upgrade from the Riviera, the previous location. For one, the conference center is nearly 50% bigger, and it’s beautiful. Traffic flow was greatly improved, despite record attendance (~12,000, from estimates I’ve […]
Google has added the ability to access their search engine via SSL. The interface couldn’t be simpler — you just go to https://www.google.com instead of http://www.google.com. The news media has been quite favorable to this — after all, search queries are at least semi-private in that you might not want your employer or neighbors to […]
According to the EFF blog, customs has taken to randomly searching electronic devices for suspicious data. It is somewhat mysterious what they are searching them for — given only a few minutes and a technically unskilled border guard doing the searching, it’s hard to imagine them actually finding anything better hidden than a file on […]