Posts Tagged ‘Defcon’

Defcon 21 video: Hardware hacking with MCUs

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

At last years Defcon conference in Las Vegas, NV, hardware hackers Joe Grand, Mark 'Smtty' Smith, LosT, RenderMan and FirmWarez discussed their experiences in using various microcontrollers. Interesting stuff, particularly If you're just getting started with electronics and are trying to navigate the sea of available microcontrollers, microprocessors, and modules.

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DEFCON video: Live Free or RFID Hard

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

In this talk from the 2013 DEFCON conference, Francis Brown and Bishop Fox provide practical insight into how RFID proximity badge systems work. They highlight the real world difficulties encountered in reading RFID prox cards with conventional readers, and what you'll need to build out your own RFID physical penetration...

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DEFCON video: Hacking Driverless Vehicles

Monday, September 16th, 2013

In this presentation from the recent Defcon 21 conference, Zoz Brooks provides an overview of the current state of civil driverless vehicles and what hackers or miscreants might do to mess with them. Topics covered include common sensors, decision profiles and their potential failure modes that could be exploited. While...

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DEFCON 20: Hacking Measured Boot and UEFI

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

UEFI secure booting has been on the minds of many hackers and open sources advocates. Some believe that it will lock out certain operating systems in favor of vendor's proprietary systems. (There have even been recent reports of bricking Samsung laptops just by trying to boot Linux.) In this video...

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DEFCON 20: bypassing endpoint security with USB keys

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

In this talk from the DEFCON 20 conference, Phil Polsta, Computer Security Professor at the University of Dubuque discusses the relative insecurity of using USB "keys" as a way of restricting access to tech resources. He explains in detail how any USB mass storage (flash or hard) drive can be...

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Try your hand at DEFCON 2012 decryption challenge

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

At the recently concluded DEFCON 20 conference in Las Vegas, attendees were presented with this decryption challenge by KoreLogic Security. Take their collection of encrypted password hashes and a bundle of encrypted files and see how many you can crack. File types are from various systems, including UNIX servers, Windows...

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DEFCON 20 badge features Parallax Propeller

Friday, July 27th, 2012

DEFCON 20 is currently underway in Las Vegas and this year the electronic hackable badge is back! This year the badge is based on the Parallax Propeller P8X32A 32-bit multicore processor. "The badge features an infrared LED and receiver for badge-to-badge communication, a bank of eight LEDs for visual feedback...

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Defcon 19: Kinect + Metasploit = Kinectasploit

Monday, November 7th, 2011

In this presentation from last summer's Defcon 19 conference, Jeff Bryner, Owner of, demonstrates how to integrate the Kinect with Metasploit. He uses the open source Blender 3D game engine to interface the Kinect hardware with Metasploit. This hack allows you to launch preassigned Metasploit attacks based upon your...

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Defcon badge 2011

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Even if you've never attended the annual Defcon hacker con in Las Vegas, you know about the legendary electronic badges designed the last five years by Joe Grand. These prized gadgets spawned a whole cult of badge hackers, who sought tips and rumors of each years upcoming design so as...

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Video: Hardware hacking for software guys

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

As the time for Defcon 19 nears we got to looking over last years videos and found this intro to Arduino for software guys. Dave King's presentation is one of the better tutorials for programmers who want to learn the basics of the Arduino. An introduction for newbies, a refresher...

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DEFCON 16: hardware trojans using FPGA

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

At the DEFCON 16 hacker conference, Fouad Kiamilev and Ryan Hoover gave a presentation on the security threat presented by hardware Trojans, extra circuitry illicitly added to hardware during its manufacture. When triggered, the hardware Trojan performs an illicit action such as leaking secret information, allowing attackers clandestine access or...

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Making of the Defcon 18 badge

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio presents the backstory to his design of the Defcon 18 conference badge. (Joe's talk actually begins at 09:05.) The badge is based around a Freescale MC56F8006 16-bit digital signal controller and a Kent Displays 128-by-32 pixel reflective cholesteric liquid crystal display (ChLCD). Other functionality...

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