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Badgelife: A Defcon 26 retrospective

One more year gone, one more Defcon completed. Defcon is the longest-running security conference in existence and one that I have been attending since Defcon 18. It is an opportunity to see and interact in real life with industry peers that would forever remain a digital persona otherwise. It is the place where you hear about the newest attack techniques, the coolest hacks, and the most … [Read more...]

Exploring the virtual worlds of advergaming

Games and analytics services ran into one another headfirst recently, in a spat related to the game Conan Exiles. Developers had to remove a tracking service, which allowed game developers to track where Steam players had come from. By generating an API key and integrating it into the game, developers could figure out which ad campaigns (for example) had directed gamers to Steam at first … [Read more...]

WPA3 will secure Wi-Fi connections in four significant ways in 2018

CES, the annual consumer electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas, isn’t just a showcase for virtual reality and poorly-timed power outages. It’s also an opportunity to get a peek at the future of network security. That’s why on the first day of CES, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the newest security protocol for Wi-Fi devices: WPA3. The new protocol is the most significant upgrade to Wi-Fi security … [Read more...]

An IRISSCON 2017 roundup

Last week, some 400-plus attendees listened to a wide variety of infosec topics at the ninth annual IRISSCON, Ireland’s longest-running security event. I already talked a fair bit about this one a few weeks back, so rather than repeat myself, I’ll let the videos do the talking. First up, the Keynote: Next, a great and brutally honest talk by Quentyn Taylor about the day-to-day … [Read more...]