Black Hat 2010 – Day Two Roundup

Las Vegas, NV. Black Hat 2010 – The Tech Herald is in Las Vegas this week, covering one of the largest security gatherings of the summer. Here is a recap of day two.

One of the first things to note about day two is that the mood is a little sluggish.

This could be that most of the attendees are paying for the previous evening, given the number of parties (Thanks WhiteHat, Cenzic, and Rapid7!) that were held. Another reason for the lag might be a wind down to prep for Defcon, which is sure to be just as busy. In truth, the line to get Defcon badges seemed to stretch the entire length of the top floor, and that is no small feat. (One has to wonder who missed lunch waiting in line.)

Keynotes and HR Drives

The day started off with a keynote address from Retired General Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA. His address, compared to the one given Wednesday morning by the DHS' Jane Lute, was actually filled with valuable insight and information. The take away from his talk is that there is a strong need to clearly define what cyber-war is.

On top of that, there is the defense angle that the military has to address, which is at its base a seemingly hopeless task. Cyber-warfare is a new domain for the government, and while the military can deal with threats that come from land, sea, or even space, there is nothing inherent when it comes to using practiced and proven strategy to defend from cyber attacks.

The good news is that there is rapid adaption, and those charged with defense are learning. There is also a visible recruitment effort underway at Black Hat, led by the FBI. The FBI is looking for those with a wide range of skills to apply for forensics spots within the agency, as well as Intel Analysts, Special Agents, and IT Specialists.

When we talked to the FBI about the effort, they said that their presence at Black Hat was only the second time they had done this, as they were at RSA this year as well.

There are plans, tentative ones at the moment, but plans nevertheless, to look towards the private sector and recruit top talent. One of the places they plan to scout are the InfoSec gatherings, both large and small. However, the tone of the conversation seemed to point to the fact that it is mostly the neutral or corporate InfoSec gatherings that were the top target.

Android users targeted by malicious wallpaper

Lookout, a company that focuses on mobile security, showed off some research that included the discovery of wallpaper applications that were siphoning off information and sending it to a collection point in China. The wallpapers, which are found under various names, were downloaded at least one million times, but upward estimates place the count close to four million.

The wallpapers offered images from NASA or Linux, and came from two developers “jackeey,wallpaper” and “IceskYsl@1sters!”. One name has changed to “callmejack” since Lookout released their research to the public. Google is aware of the issues and is looking into things.

More information is here.

Day Two had a great talks from RSnake and Josh Sokol that centered on SSL and TLS flaws, as well as the SSL data report from Qualys. We'll follow-up with more detail in a second update.

Like this article? Please share on Facebook and give The Tech Herald a Like too!

From our Other Sites

McLaren 675LT Pictures

Some great shots of the forthcoming McLaren 675LT. This coupe will get you to 60mph in less than 2.9 second and go all the way to 205mph.

McLaren 675LT Details

McLaren’s 675LT will debut at this year’s Geneva show and promises some eye-popping performance. The coupe only 675LT has a 3.8 liter V8 that will get you from 0-60mph in less than 2.9 seconds and to 124mph in less than 7.9 secondsMore than a third of the parts have been changed compared with its stable mate […]

Octopus hunts on land, grabs crab (Video)

This crab is minding its own business searching the rock pools for food when suddenly an octopus leaps out of the water and grabs it. The amazing thing is that the octopus does not just jump on the crab it actually pulls it all the way back to the rock pool it came from. If you check the second video you will see it is not unknown for octopus to come out of the water and the one in the second video has a crab with it, though is not hunting one! Octopus Walks on Land at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve The video was taken by Porsche Indrisie in Yallingup, Western […]

Stunning Mars Rover Selfie

This image by the Curiosity Mars rover is not exactly your typical selfie. It is made up of a bunch of images taken by the rover during January 2015 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager. This (MAHLI) camera is at the end of the robot’s arm. For a sense of scale the rover’s wheels are about 20 inches diameter and 16 inches wide. Check the annotated image below for more information on the surroundings. Also if you really want to see some detail click this very large image, 36mb, at NASA.  

How the Sahara Helps Feed the Amazon (Video)

Sahara to Amazon
This cool video from NASA shows how dust is transferred across the Atlantic to the Amazon rainforest and helps nourish the plants growing there. For the first time scientists have measured the amount of dust and the amount of phosphorus in the dust. The later acts like a fertiliser and helps replenish the phosphorus the rainforest loses each year, around 22,000 tons. Amazing how something we perceive as being desolate like a desert actually has an important role in sustaining somewhere we see as teeming with life. Image and video from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Bouncing Laser Guided Bomb (Video)

This amazing video shows a laser guided bomb bouncing back up after hitting its target. We actually think this is a non-explosive bomb designed to test guidance systems but it is still pretty remarkable and somewhat scary.

South Koreans Swallowed by Sinkhole (Video)

Thankfully the couple survived their adventure.
This amazing footage taken from the CCTV on a passing bus shows the moment two pedestrians in South Korea fall down a sinkhole in the street! Rescue workers managed to save the pair, who were treated in a nearby hospital for minor injuries. According to reports the city authorities and the Korean Geotechnical Society are looking into the cause.

Cheetah Pictures

Some Cool Cheetah Pictures Cheetahs are found mainly in Africa but also some parts of the Middle East. These sleek animals are the fastest land mammals in the world and can hit 60 mph in about 3 seconds, though they cannot maintain this speed for long. Cheetahs prey mostly on antelopes and smaller mammals but occasionally go for something bigger. We hope you enjoy these photos and don’t forget to check out the other speedy land mammals on our list of the fastest.

Sherlock Holmes Quiz

Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes was a man who absorbed information like a sponge and had a razor sharp mind. How much do you know about the famous fictional detective from the books?

22 years without Ferruccio Lamborghini

Lamborghini posted this photo today saying: “22 years without Ferruccio Lamborghini.” Ferruccio passed away on February 20th 1993 aged 76. Interestingly he started out making tractors!