Last week marked my third year in Las Vegas for the annual “hacker conferences,” BSides Las Vegas (which I was unable to attend), DEF CON and Black Hat. Black Hat is two days of briefings, tool demos, workshops, and a very large array of security vendors. Finally, the week affectionately known as “hacker summer camp” by attendees is capped off with the largest, longest-running, hacker conference in the world – DEF CON.
While there, I saw many interesting talks, found out about security services and products, and networked and chatted with a lot of my peers. All of this has sparked many blog ideas which I will be writing about in the near future. Below are brief summaries of a few of the talks that stood out.
- Dan Kaminsky – Keynote: Dan spoke on how the internet, as we know it, is not how networking originated, and it’s not likely this is how it will end up. We are heavily reliant on a lot of old and outdated protocols with the internet as it stands – DNS, FTP, NTP, and many others. These protocols were adopted originally because they worked, not because they were secure. In 2016 we have patched and fixed as many of these protocols as we can. But, as Mr. Kaminsky said, “We can’t keep screwing this up forever. NTIA has noted half (!) of the population warily backing away