September 20, 2010

Anti-Hacking Conference Concludes In Hungary

A recent anti-hacking conference pointed out the importance of protection against increasingly sophisticated computer piracy as the Internet begins to become a bigger part of daily life.

"The Internet is the greatest generation gap since rock'n roll," world-renowned US cyber security expert Bruce Schneier said at the two-day Hacktivity 2010 event in Hungary.

"The older of us need to be prepared for a younger generation that lives life on the Internet, doesn't understand where their computer or smartphone ends and the Internet begins, shares passwords with their friends as a sign of trust and deliberately lies when registering for services," he said.

"At the same time, technological and business trends point to less user control: what will security and privacy look like in this new world?" he warned.

About 30 presentations were scheduled during the two-day conference, which covered topics such as database protection.

The new concept of Web 2.0 was among talks as well, which includes changes in the way the Web is used.

"Web 2.0 is a technology that is used more and more nowadays," Csaba Krasznai, a former organizer of Hacktivity who now does research at Miklos Zrinyi National Defence University, told AFP news.

He said that the concept of Web 2.0 poses a threat to companies and the state, and it is becoming necessary to establish security measures "based on charges within society."

IPhone and BlackBerry smartphones were also among the discussions. Hungarian security expert Domonkos Tomcsanyi said that these devices could easily be pirated.

Mitch Altman, a U.S. hacker, showed off how a kit worth just a few dollars that was able to remotely switch off a public television or charge any device using a USB port.

Organizers said that about 1,000 people participated in the conference.


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