DEF CON wraps up its 23rd year in Las Vegas today, and the first wave of news reports show the notorious hacker conference’s non-technical and sensational talks grabbing the first round of headlines.
As closing ceremonies wrap up, media reports about DEF CON 23 make their way online. While we’ll see more analysis in the coming week, the first wave of news gives a taste of what happened at the biggest DEF CON yet.
Preliminary estimates have attendance around 20,000 at the conference’s new, expanded digs across both Paris and Bally’s hotels on the Las Vegas strip. The conference packed attendees, talks, contests, expo and hacking areas into many sprawling (huge!) ballrooms in both hotels and on multiple floors. There was so much going on, it was very difficult (if not impossible) to see everything.
The first reports, below, show just how diverse the event’s range has become.
Hardware hacking village at DEFCON 23 … what are these folks cooking up? :-> pic.twitter.com/xnXGQjSXZj
— Terry Bradley (@PLEX_Terry) August 8, 2015
— Khalil (pilgrim) (@sehnaoui) August 6, 2015
— Joseph Lorenzo Hall (@JoeBeOne) August 6, 2015
— Mike (@ustayready) August 6, 2015
— LosT/李智上 (@1o57) August 7, 2015
How Hackers Could Get Out of House Arrest: A hacker has found a way to hack a device used to track people under house arrest, potentially allowing whoever is wearing the tracking anklet to get away-without the police finding out. While he was only able to study one particular model, researcher William Turner warned that it’s likely others have the same weaknesses, and that manufacturers should start paying more attention.
— Luis Vidal (@luisvidalgt) August 9, 2015
— INI Carnegie Mellon (@inicmu) August 9, 2015
Hacking A Phone’s GPS May Have Just Got Easier: Qihoo security researcher Lin Huang led the team that created a cheaper solution to spoofing a GPS signal over the course of a few months. Huang is the first woman from China to present at the Defcon security conference on Friday. Now a team of researchers at Chinese Internet security firm Qihoo 360 claim they’ve found a way to make a GPS emulator that can falsify the GPS location of smartphones and in-car navigation systems, more cheaply. (Qihoo’s researchers famously hacked a Tesla Model S last year, taking control of the car’s lock, horn and flashing lights.)
— Parker Higgins (@xor) August 9, 2015
— Chris Wysopal (@WeldPond) August 7, 2015