#DEFCON

  • Locating Missing Persons Using Open-Source Intelligence at DEFCON 27

    November 9, 2019
    Las Vegas, NV – At DEFCON 27 in Las Vegas, Unicorn Riot spoke with the organizers of an event where participants were asked to find information on real missing people in a competition called Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Missing Persons Capture The Flag (CTF). Many people…...
  • Hacking LIDAR: Changing What Autonomous Vehicles See

    October 17, 2019
    Las Vegas, NV – In the near future, automobile manufacturers are expected to begin rolling out autonomous driving vehicles that use Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) lasers to see objects, roads, and people. These driver-less vehicles will soon be cruising down every major city street,…...
  • Hacking Drones at DEFCON: “All Skyz Belong To Us”

    August 23, 2018
    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…...
  • Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Gain Momentum at DEFCON

    August 22, 2018
    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…...
  • Hackers Discover Chinese Music Hidden in US Voting Machine Software

    August 21, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV – The Voting Machine Hacking Village at this year’s DEFCON 26 hacking conference was crowded with hackers of all ages proving just how vulnerable the US voting system is to data tampering. Hackers demonstrated that practically anyone with a screw driver, flash…...
  • Queercon Brings Together LGBTQ InfoSec Community at DEFCON

    August 21, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV – Over the past 15 years, Queercon has grown from a social group to a complete con-within-a-con at the yearly DEFCON hacking conference. Queercon has grown into the largest social network of LGBTQ hackers from around the world, and offers a space…...
  • Winn Schwartau Discusses Cyber Security at DEFCON

    August 20, 2018
    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…...
  • Sex Work After SESTA/FOSTA: A Discussion With Maggie Mayhem at DEFCON

    August 20, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV – According to sex workers’ rights activist Maggie Mayhem, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), and FOSTA, have created a more dangerous environment for sex workers in the United States, driving them back onto the street. A November 2017 research paper …...
  • Biohacker Stores Encrypted Data in DNA

    August 20, 2018
    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…...
  • Hackers on Planet Earth Convention Unlocks Digital Secrets in NYC

    July 21, 2018
    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:…...