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Monday, August 5, 2013

DefCon21 recap

I've just about recovered from the awesome time at DefCon21 in Las Vegas. If you've never been, you owe it to yourself to go at least once. You'll find, like me, that you'll want to return each year as it just keeps getting better.

Here's a list of some of the sessions at this year's event, at least the ones I attended:

  • Hacker Law School - what can you legally do as a white hat hacker?
  • Oil & Gas Infosec 101 - do you know how many oil wells there are in Texas? Who's watching them?
  • Wireless Pen Testing 101 - you'll never pay for WiFi again. :)
  • I Can Hear You Now - how easy it is to clone phones with a compromised FemtoCell.
  • The Secret Lives of SIM Cards - how to program and install apps on SIM Cards, and why you'd want to.
  • The Next Crypto War - how to scare the crap out of 2k people at once.
  • ACL Steganography - new places to hide stuff in your PC.
  • DIY Cellular IDS - great for agencies on small budgets.
  • RFID Hacking - is your employee badge really safe?
  • Pwn the PwnPlug - that power supply isn't what you think it is.
  • JTAGulator - if you're trying to figure out how to get data off of throw away phones, this is the best tool to start your quest.
These are just some of the classes available. Each was well presented, entertaining, and quite informative. Aside from the classes, the networking opportunities were priceless.

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