DEFCON: A Documentary About the World's Largest Hacking Conference

One thing that sort of irks me is when people mistake DEFCON 5 as worse and crazier and insane and severe than DEFCON 1. I know more always sounds better but it's not. That has nothing to do with the world's largest hacking conference, DEFCON, but I just wanted to put it out there. DEFCON: The Documentary shows what… » 8/08/13 9:00pm 8/08/13 9:00pm

Can You Solve the Encryption Puzzle In the EFF's Def Con T-Shirt?…

The annual hackers' conference, DEF CON, wrapped up yesterday, but one of the weekend's many great mysteries still persists. The images above are an encryption puzzle ("Encryption is Key") that was printed on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's fundraising t-shirts from the event. As of Sunday morning, no one had solved … » 8/05/13 11:21am 8/05/13 11:21am

Disposable Spy Computers Are Disturbingly Easy and Cheap to Make

Be honest, how often do you use unsecured Wi-Fi for something you shouldn't? You know, just a quick Facebook login at Starbucks. If you've done it even once, that's too much, because making a secret spy computer that can steal all that data is dumb easy. And cheap to boot. » 8/03/13 6:00pm 8/03/13 6:00pm

DefCon Badge Hack Fools Facial Recognition Systems With Pulsing Light

DefCon's badges encourage hacking. In fact, the best hacks at the conference receive a black über badge signifying free lifetime admission. But why compete for the über badges when you can use steal them with this year's winning hack? » 8/04/09 11:30pm 8/04/09 11:30pm

A Look Inside Defcon's Network Ops Room, The Most Secure Conference…

Network access at conferences sucks, pretty much without exception. That is, unless it's built by the badge-wearing network ops volunteers of the Defcon hacker convention, who are affectionately referred to as the "Goons" (read: IT badasses). Wired's Threat Level got a chance to look behind the scenes and snap some great … » 8/11/08 4:00pm 8/11/08 4:00pm

Medeco High Security M3 Locks Hacked With Easy Credit Card Trick

With all the hacks going on this weekend at DefCon, the world's largest annual hacker convention, perhaps the most embarrassingly easy to crack was Medeco's high-security locks. According to a group of security researchers, all you need to get into an Medeco M3 lock, used in sensitive facilities such as the White… » 8/09/08 7:00pm 8/09/08 7:00pm

Wired Previews Hackable Defcon 16 Badge

Wired got a sneak peek at one of the more fun aspects of this coming weekend's Defcon, the hackable badge. Last year's badge was hacked in just ten minutes » 8/05/08 10:00pm 8/05/08 10:00pm, but it didn't have an SD card slot at USB support. The new card has fewer features than last year's but is more powerful. And it comes with a longer battery life, …