Black Hat 2013 Set to Shine Security Light on Vulnerabilities
From mobile security to cryptography, the Black Hat conference is slated to introduce some 35 new zero-day vulnerabilities.In another month, security researchers, IT professionals and hackers of all stripes will descend on Las Vegas for the annual Black Hat security conference. Black Hat USA 2013 is expected to draw a crowd of 6,500 from around the world when the convention opens July 27. This year, it will offer attendees 11 content tracks, up from nine last year, according to Trey Ford, general manager for the conference. There will also be three sponsored workshops and keynotes from Gen. Keith Alexander, National Security Agency director, and Brian Muirhead, chief engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This year we will have more than 180 researchers and 20 tool developers providing more content than any year prior," Ford said. "Put differently, we have utilized every square inch the fire marshal allows us at Caesars [Palace casino and hotel] to provide opportunities to engage with Black Hat's best and brightest—we are out of room." The topics set to be covered at this year's conference run the gamut from mobile security issues to cryptography. For example, security researchers Daniel Brodie and Michael Shaulov will outline an attack to circumvent mobile-device-management features, while researchers Tom Ritter and Doug DePerry will make a presentation demonstrating traffic interception and remote mobile phone cloning using a compromised femtocell cellular base station.
"Mobile is definitely huge this year," Ford said. "This revolution has extended beyond the Internet from the desk to the living room, while also diversifying its user base. There are so many platforms, so many uses, [and there is] so much interesting data—and everything found is very tangible to users."