We weren’t able to go to the Blackhat DC infosec conference event this year but the schedule and summaries of the briefings looked interesting. The main thread for this year’s security presentations seemed to focus on areas of attacks and wireless security.
There were 4 different tracks over 2 days. Day 1 started with an introduction and then the keynote by Jerry Dixon discussing online fraud in his presentation titled “The Quest for the Holy Grail.” The keynote was followed by briefings split off into Track 1 Web App and Track 2 Wireless. Day 2 included another two tracks, Track 1 Defense and Track 2 Hardware/Embedded. Over the two days there were also some miscellaneous scheduled events, such as a talk on social engineering by Peter Earnest and two birds of a feather discussions titled “CyberCOPS” and “Cyber Commission Recommendations.” Overall, the most popular sessions seemed to be Adam Laurie’s “RFIDIOts!!! – Practical RFID hacking (without soldering irons),” “Bad Sushi: Beating Phishers at their Own Game” by Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios, and Felix Lindner’s “Developments in Cisco IOS Forensics.” Although not fully populated yet, you can find all of the video, audio, whitepapers, and slides at the Black Hat DC 2008 Media Archives.
For commentary of some of the sessions, here are several good blog posts describing them:
- The Ethical Hacker Network: Blackhat 2008 DC Day 1, BlackHat 2008 DC Day 2 (Update), BlackHat 2008 DC Day 2
- TaoSecurity: Black Hat DC 2008 Wrap-Up
- DevDevin: Summary of Black Hat DC 2008 Briefing (nice summary of day 1 Web App Track and day 2 Defense Track)
- CNET: Preview, Wrap-Up
Comprehensive Conference Schedule
You can find the full schedule at the Black Hat Briefings DC 2008 Schedule page.