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From iPhones to smart grids at Black Hat, Defcon

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, July 27, 2009, In : Security 

My favorite security show each year is one at which there are no sales pitches, the speakers favor black T-shirts and dyed hair over suits and ties, and the talks tend to be controversial enough to prompt legal threats and even arrests.

I'm talking about Defcon, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event turns part of the Las Vegas strip into a geek equivalent of "Animal House" for a three-day weekend every summer.

Started in 1993 by Jeff Moss, aka Dark Tangent, Defcon bring...


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Researchers to offer tool to break into Oracle databases at hacker show

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, July 23, 2009, In : Security 

Security experts will be releasing a tool that can be used to break into Oracle databases during their presentation at the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences next week in Las Vegas.

Chris Gates and Mario Ceballos will present Oracle Pentesting Methodology and give out "all the tools to break the 'unbreakable' Oracle as Metasploit auxiliary modules," according to the summary of their presentation on the Defcon Web site.

Gates is a member of the Metasploit project, an open-sour...


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Hacker named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Security 

Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon hacker and security conferences, was among 16 people sworn in on Friday to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

The HSAC members will provide recommendations and advice directly to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Moss' background as a computer hacker (aka "Dark Tangent") and role as a luminary among young hackers who flock to Defcon in Las Vegas every summer might seem to make him an odd choice to swear allegiance to the...


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