Black Hat USA 2012 Begins Early

Black Hat typically begins on Saturday with training sessions that last up until Tuesday, then starting on Wednesday are two days of technical talks. Not this year.

Black Hat, which Jeff Moss sold to UBM several years ago, is making changes and this year offered up a Zero Day event Tuesday evening. Cody Brocious demonstrated his hacks of Onity hotel keylocks to a sparsely crowded room.

The Black Hat briefings officially get started Wednesday morning with a former FBI agent now president of a security company, Shawn Henry, at 9am. Opening the ceremonies will be Black Hat's founder Jeff Moss, who will return an hour later for a panel with some of the first-year Black Hat speakers Bruce Schneier, Adam Shostack, Marcus Ranum, and Jennifer Granick.