Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Black Hat USA 2007: That's a wrap

Filed under
Misc

Black Hat USA 2007 was fast-paced, fun, and informative. It demonstrated that security is big business. The halls were lined with vendors, some new, some old, and the smell of money was everywhere. Still, I'm left thinking this year's show had a different tone to it than last year's.

Maybe the Pwnie Awards on Thursday night were responsible. Or maybe it was the crowds in the halls between sessions. Or it may have been the cossack from Hackistan, without a doubt the most popular booth magnet at the event, working the crowd passing by Fortify Software's stand and doing a great impression of Borat as a fast-talking hacker, offering free maps of Hackistan -- the white folder he passed out contained nothing at all -- in exchange for the attendee's Social Security number, camera, or laptop.

The Third Annual Black Hat No Limit Hold 'Em Poker Tournament -- hosted by Arbor Security and offering a $500 top prize -- had a waiting list for entries a week before the show. I stopped by as the action was getting started and saw there was not a seat to be had at any of the tables.

Almost every session I attended was packed to overflowing.

More Here




More in Tux Machines

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

4MLinux Rescue Edition 10.1 Beta Helps Users with Data Recovery

4MLinux Rescue Edition, a special distribution that includes a wide set of system maintenance and recovery applications, has advanced to version 10.1 Beta and is now ready for testing. Read more

Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal

The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. Their design for a modular device has users slotting components — a camera, extra storage space, a Wi-Fi connector — into their phones, as and when they need them. It's an ambitious scheme, but engineers working at NK Labs in Boston have already produced a working prototype, which they showed off to modular smartphone evangelist Dave Hakkens during a recent visit. Read more