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The origins of DefCon  31 July 2013 
Source: Beta News - Posted by Alex   
This week we have the DefCon 20 and Black Hat computer security conferences in Las Vegas -- reasons enough for me to do 2-3 columns about computer security. These columns will be heading in a direction I don’t think you expect, but first please indulge my look back at the origin of these two conferences, which were started by the same guy, Jeff Moss, known 20 years ago as The Dark Tangent.
 
How to avoid a social engineering attack at Black Hat and Def Con  26 July 2013 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Alex   
Some of the world's most skilled social engineers and hackers head to Las Vegas next week for Black Hat and Def Con. Heed these nine tips and avoid becoming a victim yourself while at the events
 
For first time ever, feds asked to sit out Defcon hacker conference  11 July 2013 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Since its founding in 1992, Defcon has been a venue where anarchists, geeks, and employees of three-letter federal agencies became unlikely comrades under a live-and-let-live credo that placed the love of computer tinkering above almost everything else.
 
Secrets of a master hacker revealed at Gulf security conference  06 June 2013 
Source: The National - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Sophisticated hackers now use "social engineering" - exploiting the psychological vulnerabilities of human users - rather than technological weaknesses in security systems, famous former hacker Kevin Mitnick told a cyber security conference in Dubai.
 
How UNSW creates the world's best hackers  14 May 2013 
Source: Brisbane University - Posted by Alex   
The University of NSW is known for producing some of Australia's top lawyers, doctors and accountants. But the 64-year-old institution is now gaining a reputation for excelling in what is often viewed as anti-establishment – hacking.
 
Hackers Train Security Experts in Digital Attack Methods  01 May 2013 
Source: PR Web - Posted by Alex   
The HackMiami 2013 Hackers Conference, taking place on Miami Beach, will feature comprehensive training seminars that seek to facilitate the skills of SQL injection, smartphone attacks, and enterprise network breaches.
 
Penn College students win ‘Hacker’ event at security conference  30 April 2013 
Source: Penn State - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In a field that included industry professionals, 10 students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Business and Computer Technologies won the Hacker Battleship competition during a recent network security conference in Rochester, N.Y.
 
Largest gathering of offensive hackers converges on Miami  15 April 2013 
Source: Fox News - Posted by Dave Wreski   
No nametags. No photographs. No video. Attendees remain utterly anonymous -- and that’s the way they like it.
 
How valuable are security certifications today?  02 April 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
When it comes to education, most people agree, more is better. No one embodies that principle at least in regard to IT certifications better than Jerry Irvine. CIO of IT consulting firm Prescient Solutions and member of the National Cyber Security Task Force, Irvine holds more than 20 IT certifications, of which at least six are specifically information security-oriented.
 
Researchers win $100,000 for Chrome hack that leaves Windows vulnerable  12 March 2013 
Source: CNET - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Researchers from MWR Labs find a way to exploit a Chrome vulnerability, sidestep Windows 7 safety measures, and do whatever they want on the operating system.
 
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