Black Hat/Defcon 16 Recap from Vegas

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I am on my way back from Black Hat and Defcon 16 in Las Vegas with a three hour delayed flight so this is probably a good time to talk about Black Hat and Defcon 16.

To start off…this was one busy and eventful week! I met so many people this week it was crazy. I am officially overflowed with business cards! I got lots of opportunities to not only meet some of the people that I admire in the security industry but also had a chance to network with a great many others that I just met. There were some really good parties (umm..networking opportunities) at both Black Hat and Defcon. Some worth mentioning that I was at were Mozilla, Core Impact, Ethical Hacker, and I-Hacked. I also attended a Security Twits meetup on Friday night at Sushi Roku and got to meet many of the Security Twits in person which was really cool. Thanks to @quine for organizing this event!

I attended several talks at both Black Hat and Defcon. I was able to attend everything that I wanted at Black Hat and even attempted to “live tweet” the Dan Kaminsky talk. You can see my updates through TweetScan or other Twitter search tools by searching for #blackhat and #defcon on my Twitter ID (agent0x0). Most of my time at Defcon was spent watching my wife win the Guitar Hero 3 Medium contest…(first woman to win this contest at Defcon) and improving my lock picking skills in the lock picking village. I have to say that I focused a lot of my time at Defcon just enjoying the contests and meeting new friends. I absolutely love Defcon. It’s the greatest meetup of the good, bad, and everyone in between. One talk that was a highlight for me was Jay Beale’s talk on “Owning the users with the Middler”. I interviewed Jay on the Security Justice podcast about a week ago where he talked about the tool. Jay’s talk was packed! Standing room only (goons were sent in to crowd control). He did a good job even though he couldn’t finish his talk because time ran out. If you get an opportunity to see Jay speak, I highly recommend it! Speaking of goons…I have to hand it to the Defcon goons this year for doing a great job with crowd control! I overheard one goon say that he was doing crowd control for a “f***ton” of people! Oh, and the badges were pretty cool as well…once I waited in a long line for mine on day 2. The badge is actually a “tv-b-gone”…I could turn the TV on and off in my hotel room with the badge. Neat!

Speaking of podcasts…I was fortunate to participate in the live podcast at Defcon 16 right before the I-Hacked party in one of the Sky Boxes. I podcasted with Chris and Jay from Securabit, Larry from PaulDotCom, Matt from SploitCast and Martin McKeay from the Network Security Podcast. Rob Fuller (@mubix) coordinated and hosted the event. Hopefully some of you were able to tune into the live video and audio and chat via IRC. Not sure if the recording will be released or not. I’ll post a link if it is.

Finally, lots of pictures were taken!! I will be posting mine to both my personal and the Security Justice podcast web site Flickr account soon.

It looks like my plane just arrived…I hope to post more stuff on Black Hat/Defcon in the coming days.

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5 Comments

  1. CG says:

    Great to meet you at the con Tom

  2. Wow, those were some great "networking opportunities" we attended. Looking forward to hanging out again soon! Try to make it up to shmoocon 09!

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