Black Hat & Def Con: Hackers paradise in Las VegasPosted 11:06 am on Sunday, July 29th, 2012 by Steve Ahmad
It’s good to be a hacker. Anonymous might know this best. Work from home, on the road, and when you get caught, it’s a slap on the wrist and a high paying job at Microsoft, Google, Apple, the N.S.A or C.I.A. The Black Hat convention, running since 1997, is comprised of security teams from world-class technology companies and attendees learning whose on the front lines of protection. Def Con, its cool brother that offers the best hackers a chance to let loose with parties and public showcases of advanced hacking techniques, continued where Black Hat ended earlier this week and wraps everything up later this evening.
Microsoft, even though no longer the godfather of the Consumer Electronics Show, still manages to indulge those who love them and hate them. The company offered hackers a $200,000 Blue Hat grand prize to the person who could outs the giants latest tech protection by countering it with the not so standard approaches. The Blue Hat hackers, Microsoft’s cool blue, came together and again propelled the future of security and defense.
Why encourage these types of activities? Because we need them. Don’t be naive. It’s worse to go about blind rather than to know in which direction you are headed. Microsoft security response center senior director Mike Reavey remarked:
“We posed a challenge to the researcher community and asked them to shift their focus from solely identifying and reporting individual vulnerabilities to investing in new lines of defensive research that could mitigate entire classes of attacks.”
His colleague, Microsoft’s Matt Thomlinson senior manager added,
“The Blue Hat prize is more than a competition; it’s the future of security defense, where the community comes together to collectively take on some of the toughest problems we face and make the computing ecosystem safer.”
Don’t think twice though. Federal agents infiltrate both conventions to learn what hackers are up to. They want to know what is sparking their interest and in what direction they’ll be headed in the future. So if you are on the Las Vegas strip today, password protect your phones and network. Better safe than sorry.
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