Black Hat and Defcon conference: roundup

Read news and analysis from the Black Hat and Defcon conferences, both taking place in Las Vegas this week.

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Security experts gathered at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to attend the annual security conference, Black Hat. Delegates, which include federal agents, corporate security professionals, anti-malware companies and hackers, will hear about new security exploits and undergo training in the latest hacking and malware-authoring techniques.

The edgier Defcon "underground" hacker show also kick offs at the Las Vegas Riviera on Wednesday. The annual gathering, which is marking its 15th year, has less of a business focus and is more popular with enthusiasts.

Two high-profile computer attacks that will influence the topics this year are: the strike on Estonia that crippled the websites of banks, media outlets and government agencies; and a data breach at the parent of TJ Maxx that exposed at least 45 million credit and debit cards to potential fraud.

You can read ComputerworldUK's round-up of stories from the event here

Defcon: Websense lures Web 2.0 attackers with HoneyJax

Security people get update on coping with Web 2.0 challenge

Black Hat conference: US immigration refuses entry to presenter

German security expert refused entry because of presentation materials

Black Hat: Malware detection project seeks EU funds

Project Wombat aims to track malicious software attacks

Black Hat: Web apps over Wi-Fi puts data at risk

Hackers can exploit blogs and emails over Wi-Fi

Browser attack back from the dead

Decade-old hack busts through firewalls

Black Hat: New database attack revealed

Timing attack doesn't need application bugs to work

Black Hat: NSA guru lauds security intelligence sharing

Government and private institutions cannot tackle security problems on their own, says NSA

Black Hat: Microsoft seeks help on virtualisation security

Effort to drive forward technology that was dropped from Windows Server 2008

Black Hat: Hackers hunt invisible rootkits

Blue Pill claims hard to swallow

Black Hat: Hackers crack VoIP phones

Man in the middle can listen to your voicemail....

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