Black Hat USA 2013: Day One, In Pictures

Black Hat USA 2013: Day One, In Pictures

Summary: Leading security conference Black Hat 2013 boasts over 100 talks that include hacking nuclear facilities, rooting SIM cards, OPSEC failures of spies, a keynote from the NSA and more.


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  • Black Hat USA 2013 speaker: Christine Dudley

    Researcher Christine Dudley presenting her Wednesday talk Beyond the application: Cellular privacy regulation space.

    Photo used with permission, courtesy of Black Hat Events.

  • Black Hat USA 2013: Mactans

    Three Georgia Tech hackers have revealed how to hack iPhones and iPads with malware imitating ordinary apps in under sixty seconds using a "malicious charger."

    At a Wednesday, July 31 Black Hat press conference, the researchers revealed for the first time exactly how the USB charger they built can compromise iOS devices in less than a minute.

    Read more in Researchers reveal how to hack an iPhone in 60 seconds.

  • Black Hat USA 2013: Mactans

    Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song showed how they made an ordinary looking charger into a malicious vector for transmitting malware using an open source BeagleBoard, available for $125 (similar to a Raspberry Pi).

    For the demo, the Facebook app was used as an example.

    Within seconds of plugging in the charger, the Facebook app was invisibly removed from the device and seamlessly replaced with a Facebook app imitation with a malicious payload.

    Apple responded by Wednesday evening saying it will issue a patch in its Fall iOS 7 update.

    Read more in Researchers reveal how to hack an iPhone in 60 seconds.

Topics: Security, Apple, Government US

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