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US Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Defeated

June 24, 2014

A law requiring US companies to adhere to a minimum of cybersecurity standards will have to wait.

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Games Installed On Payment Pinpads

June 24, 2014

Three models of Vodafone payment terminals were owned by researchers presenting at DefCon last week.

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Smart Meter Hacking On Display At DefCon

August 21, 2015

One of the more heavily talked about topics in embedded device security is the increased use of smart meters on residential homes. These meters offer utility companies greater ability to monitor and manage the energy usage of their customers. It also opens us the possibility of tampering by those outside the utility company. While the meters are smarter, and promise the ability to be more eco-friendly, they also open up the possibility of malicious activity.

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NSA's General Keith Alexander Addresses DefCon

June 24, 2014

A few years ago having the Director of the NSA attend the largest hacker conference in the world would have been unthinkable. But a lot has changed in the world (and cyberspace) in the intervening years.

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The Best Hacking Film You Haven't Seen (Yet)

June 24, 2014

When was the last time you saw a good documentary about the origins of computer hacking? Well, Code 2600, a new documentary film from a young filmmaker named Jeremy Zerechak comes really close to being both accurate and entertaining while at the same time scaring the pants off anyone who doesn't yet know that computer data is eternal and can be stolen by the wrong people if we're not careful. So it is fitting that the documentary, which is only available in limited release right now, will be shown next Friday at DefCon, the world's largest hacker conference and this year also celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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