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.


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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