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2013-08-06 23:24:21

The two biggest hacker conferences of the year roared at full pitch last week in Las Vegas, DEF CON 21 and Black Hat, and if there was one theme on display that should re-energize the fear factor concerning cyber security, it’s this; “The more we allow our everyday lives to interface with and rely on technology, the more at risk to outside forces we inevitably become, especially where yesterday’s technologies meet today’s threats,” says Bob Knudsen, Northeast Regional Manager for...

DefCon Looking To Keep Feds Out Of Hacker Convention
2013-07-11 12:22:17

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The feds once attended the DefCon hacker events in Las Vegas to recruit promising young hackers to help shore up national cyber security. Now following the recent news about the NSA and national surveillance, DefCon's founder has publicly asked members of the federal government to stay away from the convention this year. In a post entitled "Feds, we need some time apart" on the DefCon website, founder Jeff Moss, who operates online...

Black Hat And DefCon Are Strange Bedfellows
2012-07-24 14:14:50

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Las Vegas is home to many trade shows, and sometimes attendees of one head over to another. This is notable when the Consumer Electronics Show storms into Sin City in early January, and many attendees of the world´s largest trade event head over to the AVN Show — the latter being the Adult Video News or “porn show.” But this week many high-level security experts who are in Vegas for the Black Hat USA...

2011-08-08 08:55:00

A child hacker using the name CyFi revealed Sunday at the DefCon 19 conference in Las Vegas a zero-day flaw in mobile games on iOS and Android devices that has been verified by game developers as a new class of vulnerabilities. CyFi, a 10-year-old girl from California, first discovered the vulnerability in January after she had gotten bored with farm-style games and was looking for a way to speed them up. She found that advancing the clock on a tablet or phone can, in most time-management...

2010-08-24 03:00:00

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- An in-depth survey carried out amongst 100 of the elite IT professionals attending this year's DEF CON 2010 Hacker conference in Las Vegas recently has revealed that hackers view the cloud as having a silver lining for them. And a gold, platinum and diamond one, it seems, as an overwhelming 96 percent of the respondents to the Fortify Software-sponsored poll said they believed the cloud would open up more hacking opportunities for them. This is...

2010-07-14 07:00:00

SAN MATEO, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Most cloud security discussions have focused on what cloud providers can do, what they can't do, and what they might do if you paid them enough. These discussions focus on topics such as virtualization, hosting and data storage. However, just as the software industry has learned that putting fancy boxes on the network doesn't fix bad software, cloud converts must focus on the risks they bring along with the software they deploy. On Wednesday,...

2005-08-11 07:09:47

By Andy Sullivan LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Attention hackers: Uncle Sam wants you. As scam artists, organized-crime rings and other miscreants find a home on the Internet, top federal officials are trolling hacker conferences to scout talent and talk up the glories of a career on the front lines of the information wars. "If you want to work on cutting-edge problems, if you want to be part of the truly great issues of our time ... we invite you to work with us," Assistant Secretary of Defense...

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