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It's the job of a security researcher to figure out how the company they are working for could be compromised. Apparently that now means using a drone sniff out vulnerabilities a few dozen feet off the ground. The Aerial Assault drone houses a raspberry Pi running Kali Linux, a distro built specif...

August 17th 2015 at 3:44pm 0 Comments
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Having outgrown the odiferous corridors of the Rio, hacker conference Def Con entered this year by relocating to Bally's Hotel and Casino -- a venue described to me, in turns, by a Mandalay Bay hairdresser as "a shithole," a taxi driver as "a punishment" and a Mandarin Hotel bar waitress as "total...

August 14th 2015 at 5:10pm 0 Comments
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In a ballroom in Bally's Vegas casino, kids are lined up on either side of a table with soldering guns melting metal to metal. Their small hands deftly join LED to circuit board, while a few feet away other children are learning the basics of developing. In the back of the room, a group of childre...

August 13th 2015 at 3:15pm 0 Comments
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The phrase I saw and heard over and over again while talking to other journalists and security researchers about the Def Con hacker convention was "hostile environment." Not physically hostile; the attendees and staff were extremely nice. The hostility was digital. The hackers and security researc...

August 11th 2015 at 5:34pm 0 Comments
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Babies are cute, cuddly and worth a lot of money if you know how to exploit their existence. While the babies being virtually birthed by Kustodian CEO Chris Rock (no, not that Chris Rock) may not inspire the sort of bond found only between a parent and real child, they can be a financial windfall...

August 10th 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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Forget Trojan horses -- it's the cats you have to worry about. Security engineer Gene Bransfield has developed WarKitteh, a tech-laden collar that turns feline companions into scouts for WiFi hackers. The innocuous-looking accessory hides a Spark Core board that maps wireless networks and their vu...

August 10th 2014 at 2:51pm 0 Comments
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Following its decision to charge five Chinese officials for allegedly stealing trade secrets, the US is apparently ready to take further action. Reuters reports that the US government may impose visa restrictions on Chinese computer experts, stopping them from attending the high-profile Def Con an...

May 25th 2014 at 7:11am 0 Comments
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It's not like Toyota hasn't already faced its fair share of Prius braking issues, but it appears that even more headaches are headed its way at Defcon this week. Famed white hats Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are preparing to unleash a 100-page paper at the annual hacker conference in Las Vegas...

July 28th 2013 at 7:31pm 0 Comments
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A collection of the best-rated indie games by British developers is on sale for a couple days on Steam. The "Best of British Indie Bundle" includes Time Gentlemen, Please!, Ben There Dan That!, Eufloria, DEFCON, Frozen Synapse, Revenge of the Titans and Gratuitous Space Battles.The bundle, whose co...

August 28th 2012 at 11:59pm 0 Comments