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Defcon 19

Heading out to Las Vegas for Defcon 19. I bit the bullet and finally got a twitter account. I will try to tweet the latest goings on by twitter throughout the weekend. You can follow me @jeremyscott_org.

The End is Near!

Don’t mean to scare you. 2010 is almost over. The holiday hustle and bustle is now over and time for me to get back to work and post some relevant content.

Thanks to everyone that has frequented the site and I look forward to a happy and productive new year!

More on China: 2010 Annual Report to Congress

In addition to the post about 15 percent of Internet traffic being routed through China, the final 2010 Annual Report to Congress was released today. Of particular interest is section 2 titled “External Implications of China’s Internet-related Activities.”

Get the full report.

Hostage Taker Besieges Discovery Channel, Posts Demands on Web

I was just watching this on the news.

The authorities were negotiating Wednesday with an armed man who has taken an unknown number of hostages who might have an explosive or “metallic device” at the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Most of the hundreds of employees, including children at an on-site daycare center, have been evacuated, police said. The station was airing its normal broadcast and no injuries were reported.

Police identified the suspect as James Lee.

According to a Wednesday update on the savetheplanetprotest.com website believed run by Lee, the suspect demanded that the Discovery Channel broadcast its “commitment to save the planet.”

Read more…

Back from Defcon18

It’s been a long road to recovery since returning from Defcon. After staying hunched over a laptop for two long days of oCTF and carrying around my gear in my backpack while moving amongst the hallways, I can finally move my neck again. This year’s event was bigger than ever. Early estimates project this years attendance to be at least ten thousand, if not more.

There were lots of great talks, like (and definitely not inclusive):
“How to Hack Millions of Routers” -Craig Heffner presented that a large number of commercially available routers (such as those used by Verizon FIOS) are vulnerable to a clever attack using a DNS rebinding attack. Heffner has also released a tool that automates this attack.
“Mastering the NMAP Scripting Engine” – Fyodor and researcher David Fifield gave a talk on the power of the NMAP scripting engine.
“Balancing the Pwn Trade Deficit” – Valsmith, Colin Ames, and Anthony Lai (when they trickled in a little late after a long night at the Ninja Party) gave a talk on the similarities and differences of malware in China and the United States. Very interesting research.

Contests, talks, and parties is what Defcon is about but the main thing I like about Defcon is the chance to mingle and talk to some of the most brilliant minds in the world. A lot of first timers move from talk to talk in the crowded hallways and never take the chance to socialize. Who you can bump into and strike up a conversation with is only limited to your own comfort zone.

During the closing ceremony, founder Jeff Moss (aka Dark Tangent) announced that DEFCON 19 will be moving on to the Rio. Hopefully, this will help with the increased popularity and growth of this incredible annual event.

Defcon 18

It’s finally here! Flying out tomorrow, ready for the fun to begin. See everyone there!

1st Open Backdoor Hiding & Finding Contest to be held at Defcon 0x12

The CoreTex Competitions Team from Core Security is happy to announce the 1st Open Backdoor Hiding & Finding Contest to be held at DEFCON 0x12 this year!

Hiding a backdoor in open source code that will be subjected to the scrutiny of security auditors by the hundredths may not be an easy task. Positively and unequivocally identifying a cleverly hidden backdoor may be extremely difficult as well. But doing both things at DEFCON 0x12 could be a lot of fun!

Registration is now open at http://www.backdoorhiding.com

Information about the contest is also on the registration page.

Local Defcon Groups

The Defcon Groups were spawned from the annual Defcon security conference in Las Vegas. The Defcon Groups (DCGs or DC-Groups) are a gathering point for folks interested in the alternate applications of modern technology, referred to properly as ‘hacking’. DCGs are not intended to compete with any other computer groups, such as 2600, but rather to provide yet another gathering place for the discussion of technology and security topics. DCG meetings are open to anyone, regardless of their skill, age, job, gender, etc. DCGs are designed to help you learn new things, meet new people, mentor others in areas you may be strong in, and provide some cohesion within the hacker culture and it’s members.

DCGs are up and running all around the world! Check out one in your area!

Our local group can be found here.

SANS Forensic Summit

SANS What Works in Forensics and Incident Response Summit 2010