Las Vegas – In the last Black Hat briefing of the day Wednesday, German security researcher Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs demonstrated a SIM card attack that exploited sloppy encryption and gave the researcher root access to a type of SIM card built into billions of mobile devices.
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A 213-foot luxury yacht veered off course while cruising in the Mediterranean Sea this summer after a radio navigation research team led by global positioning systems expert Todd Humphreys of the University of Texas Austin built a custom-made device capable of overriding the ship’s GPS receivers with spoofed signals.
It’s said that each man’s death diminishes us all in some way. But some passings take a bigger piece than others. The death of Barnaby Jack is one of those, having left a major hole in the security community and let a lot of air out of the room.
Barnaby Jack always seemed to find a way to make the process of banging away on an application–or a pacemaker or an ATM–look like the most fun anyone has ever had. And he wanted all of his friends to join in the fun. Jack, a respected and much-admired security researcher at IOActive, died on July 25 in San Francisco, just a few days before Black Hat, the conference that played host to some of his more memorable demonstrations.
Hackers allegedly stole at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers and netted more than $300 million from NASDAQ, JetBlue Airways and other corporations.
Attorney Marcia Hofmann will cover aspects of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that security researchers need to be aware of during a Black Hat session next week.
A tool that enables a hacker or penetration tester to capture RFID card data from up to three feet away will be released next week at Black Hat.
Two iSEC Partners researchers will demonstrate a hack of a Verizon Network Extender femtocell that enables them intercept cellphone calls, and data and text transmissions.
The fallout from DEF CON organizers’ decision to ask the feds to stay away from this year’s event has been mixed–and predictable.
Video game publisher Ubisoft is telling its users to change their passwords after a breach compromised the company’s account database.