Friday, August 8, 2008

Armed Ninja Hackers

Well, there's usually big security news during Black Hat week. And there is certainly a lot of rich, chocolaty security goodness for folks like me.

Not so much for people who don't groove on security geekery. I figured I'd have juicy breaking security news, and I've failed you miserably. The week's been a bit of a snooze.

To make it up to you, let me offer for your consideration the title of one of the conference sessions:

How To Impress Girls With Browser Memory Protection Bypasses

Names of the guilty parties has been withheld, to protect said guilty parties. I suspect that girls are indeed impressed, but maybe not in the way the author hoped.

Oh, well, DEFCON is now in session. Ninja hackers. Shooting Kalashnikitty:
The DEFCON Shoot is a public event happening just prior to the DEFCON hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anyone who wants to can show up and for a small fee make use of a private range located about 30 minutes outside of the city. There will be opportunities to see and possibly shoot some of the weapons belonging to your friends and it will also be possible to rent firearms (including Class-III full autos) from the range itself. In addition to having a number of terrific pieces of hardware on-site, the range is directly affiliated with Small Arms Review Magazine and thus has access to their nearly limitless archive of equipment. Anything from a WWII Bren Gun to a Vulcan Cannon-style Minigun is possible.
.308 caliber exploits, in full-automatic Class III glory. My kind of place. Well done!

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