Black Hat, DefCon Draw Security Experts to Demo Latest Exploits

 
 
By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-08-09
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Black Hat, DefCon Draw Security Experts to Demo Latest Exploits

    Security experts examined modern threats—ranging from car hacking to Flash vulnerabilities—at the Black Hat USA and DefCon 24 conferences.
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    2 - Kaminsky Warns of Risks to the Internet
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    Kaminsky Warns of Risks to the Internet

    Security researcher Dan Kaminsky, who delivered the only Black Hat keynote this year, said the basic fabric of the internet continues to be at risk. "We have work to do to keep the internet working," he said. "I'm here to encourage everyone to notice what is wrong, how it can get worse and what we can do about it."
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    3 - Jeep Hackers Return for Third Time
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    Jeep Hackers Return for Third Time

    Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek completed their Black Hat car hacking trifeca by delivering their third (and ostensibly final) talk about vehicle flaws that the pair were able exploit. This year, the two researchers demonstrated how they could control a vehicle's brakes and steering.
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    4 - ATM Hacking Returns for EMV
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    ATM Hacking Returns for EMV

    Tod Beardsley, security research manager, and Weston Hecker, senior security engineer, both of Rapid7, demonstrated flaws in how ATM systems could be tampered with to allow an attacker to steal cash.
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    5 - Don't Pick Up Random USB Keys
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    Don't Pick Up Random USB Keys

    Will people pick up randomly placed USB keys and stick them in their PCs? Surprisingly, a Google researcher checked this out and found 46 percent of people picking up a key, putting it in a PC and then clicking a link.
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    6 - The Year in Flash Vulnerabilities
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    The Year in Flash Vulnerabilities

    Google Project Zero security researcher Natalie Silvanovich is among the most prolific bug reporters of Adobe Flash vulnerabilities. In a Black Hat session, she detailed myriad flaws discovered in Flash over the last year, including 79 in December 2015.
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    7 - Apple Launches Bug Bounty Program
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    Apple Launches Bug Bounty Program

    At Black Hat, Ivan Krstic, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, announced the company's new security awards program. The bug bounty program, set to launch in September, will offer researchers up to $200,000 in awards for finding iOS software vulnerabilities.
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    8 - Vendors Fill Black Hat Exhibit Hall
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    Vendors Fill Black Hat Exhibit Hall

    While Black Hat was originally best known for its security research, in recent years the exhibit hall has expanded to rival the show floor at the neighboring RSA Security conference.
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    9 - DARPA Cyber Grand Challenges Finale Comes to DefCon
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    DARPA Cyber Grand Challenges Finale Comes to DefCon

    DefCon played host to the final round of the DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge, pitting seven autonomous systems against each other in a security challenge. In total, $3.75 million in prize money was awarded with the Mayhem system winning the top prize of $2 million.
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    10 - FTC Wants Hackers
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    FTC Wants Hackers

    Terrell McSweeny, FTC commissioner, made a plea at DefCon for hackers to work with the government on research that can help improve consumer privacy and data protection.
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    Wall of Sheep Nabs Unsuspecting DefCon Attendees

    The Wall of Sheep, hosted in the Packet Hacking Village at DefCon, publicly shamed attendees that connected to the network and sent their usernames and passwords in clear text.
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    IoT Village Exposes Risks

    Among the most popular areas of DefCon this year was the IoT village, which provided visitors with the opportunity to hack popular IoT devices.
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    13 - Car Hacking Village Sponsored by Chrysler
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    Car Hacking Village Sponsored by Chrysler

    Fiat Chrysler America was among the multiple sponsors of the Car Hacking Village at DefCon that encouraged attendees to learn about car hacking and vehicle security.
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    14 - Save the Date for 2017
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    Save the Date for 2017

    The Black Hat USA 2017 event is scheduled for July 22 to 27, 2017, with DefCon 25 set to follow.
 

The Black Hat USA and DefCon 24 conferences from Aug. 2 to 7 provided a wealth of insight and new research on security topics large and small. The Black Hat keynote session was delivered by security luminary Dan Kaminsky, who warned attendees that unless action is taken, the modern internet could be transformed into a more closed network with less freedom. Car hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek returned to Black Hat for the third year in a row to expose flaws in modern vehicle systems. Returning to the Black Hat stage for the first time since 2012, Apple announced a new bug bounty program for iOS. Another insightful Black Hat talk this year came from Elie Bursztein, anti-fraud and abuse research team lead at Google, who detailed his research into how many people would pick up random, unknown USB keys and then stick them in their PCs. At DefCon, Terrell McSweeny, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), made a plea for hackers to work with her on research to help improve consumer privacy and data protection. Here's a look at highlights of this year's Black Hat USA and DefCon conferences.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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