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Hacking Drones at DEFCON: “All Skyz Belong To Us”

Las Vegas, NV – This years DEFCON hacking conference featured a new village called “DroneWarz”, which focused on the research and development of offensive and defensive drone technologies. The Drone Hacking Village (DroneWarz) offered multiple hacking challenges, including more than twelve skill-based drone hacking challenges…

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Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Gain Momentum at DEFCON

Las Vegas, NV – This year, for the first time, a space was dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrency at DEFCON 26. The Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Open Security Village (BCOS Village) was created in an effort to grow the community and make “blockchain technology & cryptocurrencies…

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Winn Schwartau Discusses Cyber Security at DEFCON

Las Vegas, NV – Winn Schwartau, author and cyber security expert who has been working in information security since 1983, sat down Unicorn Riot at the 26th annual DEFCON hacking conference.
Since the early days of the conference Schwartau has been known for his appearances…

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Biohacker Stores Encrypted Data in DNA

Las Vegas, NV – Unicorn Riot sat down with self-described “biohacker” John Dunlap to discuss how recent advances in genetic sequencing and modification technology has allowed him to experiment with storing encrypted data in DNA. Dunlap described how biologically hiding encrypted data could help people…

🦄 Arts & Culture, Tech

HOPE Conference Criticized For Allowing Far-Right Harassment

New York, NY – The 12th ‘Hackers On Planet Earth’ (HOPE) conference has become embroiled in controversy regarding the enforcement of the event’s Code of Conduct. In a joint statement released late Saturday, numerous groups present for the conference, including the Tor Project and Riseup.net,…

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Hackers on Planet Earth Convention Unlocks Digital Secrets in NYC

New York City, NY – The Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) convention, organized by the hacker magazine 2600, is underway at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The convention has brought together hundreds of technologists and policy experts since 1994 and this year’s gathering, “The Circle of Hope:…

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Transparency Activists Sue Chicago Over Refusal To Release Amazon HQ2 Bid

Chicago, IL  – Today, the transparency organization Lucy Parson Labs filed a lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago over their refusal to publicly release offers made to entice Amazon to build their second corporate headquarters (‘HQ2’) in the ‘Windy City’. Amazon…

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Blockchain: Revolution or Business as Usual?

WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN?
The term “blockchain” describes a type of internet-based decentralized ledger system which can be used to record transactions and store data in a manner potentially more secure than one might find in a centralized database system. Blockchains are managed using peer-to-peer (p2p)…

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Senate Approves Extended Surveillance Powers For Trump

Washington, DC – On January 18, 2018, the US Senate voted to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA – the legal underpinning for global mass surveillance carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA). The Senate passed the bill last…