Las Vegas

  • 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,…...
  • Man Arrested Planning Vegas Attacks Joined Neo-Nazi Party, Leaked Chats Show

    August 10, 2019
    Las Vegas, NV – On Friday, August 9, federal prosecutors announced the arrest of 23-year-old Conor Climo for allegedly planning attacks to kill LGBTQ and Jewish people. According to the criminal complaint, Climo discussed making homemade explosives and intended to bomb synagogues, the offices of…...
  • 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…...
  • 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…...
  • 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…...
  • Social Engineers Spoof Corporate Security at DEFCON 25 Hacking CTF

    August 7, 2017
    Las Vegas, NV – Ever since DEFCON 18, there has been a village within the conference dedicated to the art of human hacking, also known as Social Engineering. By the village’s definition, social engineering is “any act that influences a person to take an action…...
  • Pwning Targets Through Social Engineering at DEFCON

    August 6, 2017
    Las Vegas, NV – Social engineering (SE) is defined as “any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in their best interest”, according to the website social-engineer.org. The art of social engineering can be used for a…...
  • Hacking Drones With Ultrasonic Pulses at DEFCON

    July 28, 2017
    Las Vegas, NV – Unicorn Riot journalists are currently reporting from DEFCON 25 in Las Vegas, where hackers of all flavors come together to present the most cutting edge in a long list of hacking skills. Over the four day convention, DEFCON will host speakers…...