A photographic review of the recent Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in Las Vegas.
Return of Black Ops
Researcher Dan Kaminsky -- best known for his work finding a critical flaw in the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) and for leading what became the largest synchronized fix to the Internet's infrastructure of all time -- was a major force at this year's Black Hat and Defcon.
Jayson E. Street, CIO at Stratagem 1 Solutions, and Dan Kaminsky catch up during Black Hat.
More than a badge
Defcon doesn't give out your typical conference badges. These IDs -- labeled for "Press, Human, Goons, vendors" and so on -- are embedded with a multi-core processor, IR transmitter and accompanying hieroglyphic graphic, and each one is loaded with intricate hacking games. They are designed by Ryan Clarke, who is also responsible for Defcon's Mystery Box challenge.
Among the attendees at Black Hat and Defcon was Gillis Jones, application security engineer at WhiteHat Security.
Letting off steam
Evening gatherings are a staple of Black Hat and Defcon. At the Security Twits party during Black Hat, folks unwind with a drinking game.
Attendance appeared to be robust at this year's events, with many talks packed.
One Defcon attendee shows off his neck hardware.
One of the attractions at Defcon was Ninja Cola, a wirelessly accessible vending machine. Full details on how it came to be are here. In theory, those in range of the machine could make it dispense a soda. But as its creators wrote, there were challenges. "The Defcon wifi made it very hard to actually talk to the machine," Robotskirts blogger Eliot Phillips wrote. "We ended up using the machine as a shuttle bus stop marker where it got a pretty massive dent and its marquee stolen. All of the electronics are intact and I’ll do a separate post on how it works in the future."
Attendee profile: Leigh Hollowell
Attendees this year included Leigh Hollowell, an operations analyst at Trustwave.
Attendee profile: Chris Lytle
Attendees included Chris Lytle, a security researcher with Veracode.
Attendee profile: Zack Fasel
Attendees included Zack Fasel, senior security consultant at Halock Security Labs.
Anon in the house
The Guy Fawkes mask that's come to symbolize Anonymous was a common site at Black Hat and Defcon.
More Defcon neck hardware
A Defcon badge
Attendee profile: Amber Baldet
Amber Baldet works in the Investment Banking Technology division at J.P. Morgan.
Dino Dai Zovi holds court at The Pwnie Awards, an annual ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community.
The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community. Click here for the full list of this year's winners.
Capture the Flag
Capture the Flag (CTF) is one of the more popular hacking competitions of the week, when teams of hackers attempt to attack and defend computers and networks using certain software and network structures.
Attendee profile: Jeremiah Grossman
Jeremiah Grossman is Chief Technology Officer at WhiteHat Security, Inc.