Insights from DefCon 2019

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DefCon 2019

By: Ben Ryder, Security Engineer.

This year, Paul Kumagai and I attended DefCon, the world’s biggest hacker convention, held annually in Las Vegas.  DefCon is a place where some of the brightest minds in the hacker community come together to discuss topics and issues in world of cyber-security, as well as pass on knowledge and skills they’ve learned to others.

We heard discussions between hackers and government officials around the difficulty in disclosing bugs to government entities (spoiler alert: it’s a trust issue).  We attended technical talks ranging from the details on microcontroller layouts to instructions on how to convert and re-purpose existing malware to use for your own purposes.  The talks were educational and fascinating, and in the instance of malware re-purposing also gave insight into how the volume of attacks has grown so much in recent years. 

Lastly, we went through some of the ‘Villages’ – themed locations with their own clusters of issue topics, experts and challenges laid out for people to try their hand.  We spent a good amount of time at the ‘Red Team Village’, getting hands-on experience with attack & defend network challenges, as well as learning how to find vulnerabilities through fuzzing an application and writing our own exploits to gain remote access to the machine running it.  It was challenging, fun and highly educational.

Overall, the conference was a blast, and to be around that many people so willing to share knowledge was an amazing experience.  We learned some real-world skills to put to good use on future engagements and got a feel for what’s on everyone’s minds in relation to securing people’s networks, privacy and personal data.  Hopefully, we’ll get the chance to do it all again next year.

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