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A new hacking event called DEF CON aims to drive improvement in so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices, generally defined as traditionally analog devices that are now connected to the internet, by hacking them to discover security vulnerabilities. One of their goals is to solve the massive privacy and security issues that are introduced by connected devices. IoT Village runs August 6-9, 2015 at DEF CON 23, co-located between Paris and Bally’s casinos in Las Vegas. The village will be comprised of hacking contests, including capture the flag, zero-day discovery and sudden death. Organizers will also host multiple talk tracks, as well as workshops and other tutorials.The village organizers are a group of security researchers and consultants who also ran the first-ever router hacking contest at DEF CON, which delivered 15 new, previously unknown, critical vulnerabilities to the research community. The researchers plan to expand the scope to include not just routers, but all connected devices, ranging from thermostats to TVs, printers to video surveillance equipment, implanted medical devices to drug refrigeration equipment, and everything in between.

ISE was founded in 2005 out of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins’ Information Security Institute, is a security consulting firm comprised of hackers, computer scientists, reverse engineers, and cryptographers who help companies defend against sophisticated adversaries by utilizing a perspective typically perpetrated by the adversary. ISE is widely recognized for being the first company to hack the iPhone, and more recently for the discovery of the vulnerability epidemic in wireless routers.

DEF CON started in 1993 and is one of the largest and oldest annual hacker conferences. The conference has a wide range of activities, including speeches, capture the flag, contests, lock picking, and official music events. Unique to DEF CON, are their research topics ranging from cryptography to lockpicking. There are currently only seven Villages, including the newest venue, IoT Village.


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