Even hackers need a conference

The annual Defcon Conference is being held in Las Vegas, and it is where hackers are given an opportunity to flex their muscles. and demonstrate how to crack the newest and most challenging security systems. Breaking biometrics and radio frequency identification tags were all the rage.

My favourite was the report that the hackers “pilfered Internet passwords from convention attendees. Anyone naive enough to access the Internet through the hotel’s unsecured wireless system could see their name and part of their passwords scrolling across a huge public screen.

It was dubbed the “The Wall of Sheep.

Among the exposed sheep were an engineer from Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), multiple employees from Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) and a Harvard professor.”

Now that’s a conference session I’d have paid to attend. I don’t think it was particularly fair to ridicule the “sheep” for using the hotel system — what choices to we have when we travel? — but it certainly made the point that systems are vulnerable.


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