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Google bets $20K that Chrome can’t be hacked

Google bets $20K that Chrome can’t be hacked

It's not $20k to bet against themselves, it's $20k paid for keen hackers to fix their browser's security further with PR to fuel the fire of interest. Google will pay $20,000 to the first researcher who successfully exploits its Chrome browser at this year's Pwn2Own hacking contest. The award is the largest ever for the annual challenge, [...]

What happens when you steal a hacker’s computer

Lessons learnt: When you steal a computer, first thing to do is reinstall OS and remove serial numbers.

Get your friends to join EFF, go to Defcon

Get your friends to join EFF, go to Defcon

The good folks at Defcon have donated a wicked goodie-bag worth of prizes for an Electronic Frontier Foundation contest. You win by talking your friends into joining EFF. Just register for the Defcon Getaway Fundraising Contest and receive a personalized referral link to send your friends and family. (Registration is free; please don't spam.) If [...]

Defcon 17: Badge details released

Defcon 17: Badge details released

Defcon is upon us once again, and that can only mean one thing: new badge designs. Our friends over at Wired posted the picture above along with a description of this year’s new badge. Since our last post, there has been little new information released regarding the components used for the new badge. However, we now know that it utilizes a [...]

CLIQ and other “unpickable” locks pwned at Defcon

CLIQ and other “unpickable” locks pwned at Defcon

Lockpicking legends Marc Weber Tobias, Toby Bluzmanis and Matt Fiddler demo'ed a series of ingenious hacks for opening "unpickable" locks at Defcon last weekend. Included is a hack that opens the expensive electronic/mechanical CLIQ lock, which requires an electronic handshake between the key and the lock, and which logs every open/shut event) by [...]

Defcon 17: Early badge details

Defcon 17: Early badge details

Every year, the Defcon badge takes a technological step forward. The details are starting to emerge for this years hardware lineup. Last years badge, pictured above, had LED status indicators and an IR transceiver. There’s no telling what this years badge will do, but we do know it has a new processor. They have chosen the Freescale MC56F8006 to [...]

Defcon calls for new CTF organizer

Defcon calls for new CTF organizer

Kenshoto, organizer of the official Defcon Capture the Flag contest for the last four years, has stepped down from the position, and thus Defcon is looking for a new organizer for the event. If you’re highly competent, and maybe a little crazy, this might be your chance to step in and run one of the most well-known and prestigious hacking [...]

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON, the 9000+ attendee hacker conference in Vegas has become a sort of hydra conference. It has become more like a global fair than what most people think of conferences; even the badge is highly unique. I say this because there are so many things to do at DEFCON, other than going to talks, that you could spend your whole weekend looking at [...]

EFF clobbers Boston transit’s gag order on MIT students’ research

EFF's Coders' Rights project had a big win for free speech when a judge ruled that the gag order against MIT student security researchers should be lifted. Right on! Today, a federal judge lifted an unconstitutional gag order that had prevented three Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students from disclosing academic research regarding [...]

Judge refuses to lift gag order on MIT students in Boston subway-hack case

Judge refuses to lift gag order on MIT students in Boston subway-hack case

Lulz, if you guys think Boston's MTA cards are easy to hack you should take a swipe at Philly's SEPTA cards... Ohh and here's the DefCon Subway Presentation for all you lazy people. "A federal judge in Boston today refused to lift a temporary restraining order preventing three MIT students from publicly discussing details of several security [...]

Inside the network ops at DefCon 16

Inside the network ops at DefCon 16

Wired's Threat Level blog sweet-talked itself into the network operations center at DefCon, the infamous hacker con in Vegas, and got some great dirt on what it takes to run a network used by some of the world's most talented hackers. (more…)

Federal Judge in DefCon Case Equates Speech with Hacking

Federal Judge in DefCon Case Equates Speech with Hacking

I think this entry should be titled "Mass Transit submits substantially more detailed vulnerability assessment of themselves as public record... Hilarity ensues." But, to be fair, there's a legitimate enough reason to halt the talk the students were going to give. The justification for malicious hacking is that it helps the security world fix it's [...]

More Defcon Madness: Massachusetts transit authority sues subway hackers

More Defcon Madness: Massachusetts transit authority sues subway hackers

Las Vegas (NV) – Three MIT students probably won’t be giving their scheduled Defcon speech on getting free subway rides.  The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority – the agency in charge of the Boston T subway – sued the trio for computer fraud and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent them from presenting [...]

Defcon’s Hackers TURN OFF pacemaker remotely!

Defcon’s Hackers TURN OFF pacemaker remotely!

The Defcon conference is the wild and woolly version of Black Hat for the unwashed masses of hackers. It always has its share of unusual hacks. The oddest so far is a collaborative academic effort where medical device security researchers have figured out how to turn off someone’s pacemaker via remote control. They previously disclosed the [...]

Asus eeePC Mod Workshop at DefCon 16

Asus eeePC Mod Workshop at DefCon 16

DEFCON 16: August 8-10, 2008 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Deviant and I were kicking this idea around a little bit after I'd taken apart my Asus to see its guts. The eeePC is seeming to be the new ricecar of the laptop world. Actually getting to see mods and stuff might be an inspiration to some of the defcon attendees [...]