So the Last HOPE conference is now well under way. I'm pleased to visit the gigantic New York City, but I'm here for this big hacker conference. And when I say big, I mean it: around 2000 geeks and hackers, mostly white males.
There's a lot of cool talks, and we're always stuck in choosing between a few cool talks at the same time, but I guess that's a good thing: it means there's still a lot of life of the HOPE/2600 community.
My favorite talks yet, with cool discoveries:
- Advanced Memory Forensics: Releasing the Cold Boot Utilities - we already knew that disk crypto wasn't as safe as we thought, but those guys implemented proof of concepts, along with a little video.
- Autonomously Bypassing VoIP Filters with Asterisk: Let Freedom Ring - there's a(nother?) IAX DOS in Asterisk, demonstrated with the iaxpingpoker, It should be fixed in 1.6.
- Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM): A Brief Primer on the Arcane Art and Science of Electronics Surveillance and “Bug” Detection - I missed that one, but it seemed veryinteresting.
- "Off the Grid" Voice/Data Communications - that's it: i'mgetting my HAM radio license...
- "Steven Levy", the author of "Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution" - a good retrospective of the hacker history and origins.
- Bagcam - How Did TSA and/or the Airlines Manage to Do That to Your Luggage? - a cool trick: a guy embeded a tiny camera in his luggage to spy upon the airport security.
- Steven Rambam - a private investigator, a privacy expert that was arrested by the FBI at his last presence at HOPE. If you use Facebook or Google mail, you want to see this talk. A cool quote: "[Google] wants to suck out your brain and put it in a database." A reality check of the scale of this Naomi Klein article.
I'm still following the talks and will add more interesting stuff here, but I can't wait to share those cool talks with everyone, as the talks will supposedly be available online at some point.