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Lock hacks, contests, and intrigue at Defcon

As the 16th annual convention gets under way, hackers and hacker wannabes attend sessions on hacking Google Gadgets, Medeco M3 locks, and even their own conference badges.

At the 16th annual Defcon security conference, hackers and hacker wannabes attend sessions on hacking Google Gadgets, Medeco M3 locks, and even their own conference badges.

Defcon ends with researchers muzzled, viruses written

Three-day hacker fest ends following a restraining order that killed one talk, a cable TV crew getting thrown out, and general software and hardware hacking tips shared.
(Posted in Security by Elinor Mills)
August 10, 2008 11:29 p.m. PDT

Judge orders halt to Defcon speech on subway card hacking

Federal judge grants the Massachusetts transit authority's request for an injunction preventing three MIT students from giving a presentation about hacking smartcards used in the Boston subway system.
(Posted in Security by Declan McCullagh)
August 9, 2008 10:31 a.m. PDT

Defcon opens with a bang

Hacking conference begins with the usual lockpicking contests, software hacks, and target shooting, but also three fewer journalists.
(Posted in Security by Elinor Mills)
August 8, 2008 5:49 p.m. PDT

It's an unlikely pairing: security officials and underground hackers. Every year, they make peace and share information at Defcon. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports from the event.
August 8, 2008 5:20 p.m. PDT

Lock picking with a credit card, photocopier, and luck

Lock-picking experts show how to replicate a key to a high-security Medeco lock with a credit card at the Defcon hacker conference.
(Posted in Security by Elinor Mills)
August 8, 2008 3:00 p.m. PDT