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Paranoia Made Me a Better Computer User

“You don’t want to end up on the Wall of Sheep.” That’s the last thing my editor told me before I flew to Las Vegas to hang out at the infamous hacker convention DEF CON. A week later, I found myself standing in front of the wall, looking frantically for my name and password. Despite my obsessive caution, I knew I’d… » 8/12/15 4:00pm 8/12/15 4:00pm

I Watched Hackers Pull Off a Real Life Ocean's 11 Heist 

The scene was set: a surveillance camera, a safe full of money in a Las Vegas casino, a pair of thieves with lock picking tools and a laptop. I watched in awe as the skinny geeks clipped wires and rewired the feed so that it would loop ad infinitum. Basically, they recreated the climax of Ocean’s 11 before my very… » 8/10/15 12:50pm 8/10/15 12:50pm

$32 Worth of Electronics Can Open Almost Any Keyless Car Door or Garage

Here’s another great reason to lock your doors, hide under some sheets, and never leave your home again. Samy Kamkar, already well known for cracking Master combination locks, has built a $32 wireless device that can intercept and steal the wireless codes used to open keyless car doors and garages. » 8/10/15 8:44am 8/10/15 8:44am

Six Great DIY Projects for Hacking Computers and Networks

If you're testing your hacking skills or trying to learn more about security, your toolkit shouldn't end with your computer. If you're willing to pick up a screwdriver, a soldering iron, or a few other tools, there are several great DIY hacking projects that'll test your mettle and teach you a few things about… » 10/23/14 9:52am 10/23/14 9:52am

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? (Updated)

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… » 8/05/13 11:21am 8/05/13 11:21am

A Look Inside Defcon's Network Ops Room, The Most Secure Conference Wi-Fi You'll Ever See

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… » 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