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  • What Happens At Def Con Stays With Us All

    What Happens At Def Con Stays With Us All

    There’s nothing like attendance at the annual Black Hat and DefCon security/hacker conferences to hike your paranoia into the red zone and keep it there forever. You come away with the sense that nothing, anywhere, ever, is safe–and that’s just from talks given by people willing to publicize their work. Compared to the secret legions of the NSA and other governments’… Read More

  • NSA Director: Don’t Worry, Trust Us

    NSA Director: Don’t Worry, Trust Us

    General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, gave the keynote speech at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas today. It was more interesting than I expected. Not for the speech itself, which contained zero bombshells–a transcript and video should be up on the Black Hat site fairly soon, for those interested–or for the questions. There was exactly one non-pre-filtered… Read More

  • Think your satellite dish is secure? It's not.

    Think your satellite dish is secure? It's not.

    From TV to internet, most people think that their satellite dish connection is secure and unhackable. Well, it’s not. Using equipment that he built himself for under $1000, UK resident Adam Laurie has discovered a way to intercept everything from email to closed circuit broadcasts. Read More

  • French journalists steal passwords at security conference, get kicked out

    French journalists steal passwords at security conference, get kicked out

    Three French journalists were kicked out of the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas yesterday. They were caught sniffing the press room’s Wi-Fi network. The journalists were from the magazine Global Security, and said they’re hacking was merely a “joke.” They were able to obtain login information from several journalists, including one from eWeek. I only mention… Read More