11 talks you don't want to miss at Black Hat 2013

Keynote with Gen. Keith Alexander

Keynote with Gen. Keith Alexander

When the director of the NSA addresess thousands of privacy-minded researchers, he’ll likely have a well-calculated speech planned. But if America’s top spymaster leaves time for questions, the room may get as heated as the temperatures outside. 9 a.m., July 31, keynote room
What security researchers need to know about the anti-hacking law

What security researchers need to know about the anti-hacking law

Marcia Hofmann, former senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discusses the perils of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which is under fire for being broadly interpreted to bring aggressive prosecutions against computer researchers. – 11:45 a.m., July 31, Palace 3
I can hear you now

I can hear you now

Two security experts have found a way to rig the Verizon Wireless Network Extender, also known as a femtocell, to monitor almost exactly how people are using their Verizon mobile phones. Any communication sent from the devices is at risk of exposure. – 2:15 p.m., July 31, Palace 1
Injecting malware into iOS devices via malicious chargers

Injecting malware into iOS devices via malicious chargers

iOS devices are considered more secure than their Android brethen, but this presentation will prove how easily an iPhone can be compromised with malware by being plugged into a rogue charger. – 5 p.m., July 31, Augustus 3 and 4
One root to own them all

One root to own them all

Researchers will present on a major vulnerability that is believed to be present in 99 percent of Android devices and allows attackers to hijack any legitimate app without modifying its digital signature. – 11:45 a.m., Aug. 1, Augustus 1 and 2
Hacking the Samsung SmartTV

Hacking the Samsung SmartTV

It's an old wives' tale that sitting too close to the TV will hurt your eyes. But there's real evidence that the Samsung SmartTV platform is vulnerable to attack. Videos demonstrating exploits on the network-connected system will be showcased. – 11:45 a.m., Aug. 1, Palace 3
Hacking humans

Hacking humans

Three years removed from his famous "ATM Jackpotting" talk, Barnaby Jack has turned his attention to pacemakers. After dissecting the communication methods of these implantable medical devices, he’s found problems with the security of the protocols in place. – 2:15 p.m., Aug. 1, Augustus 3 and 4
Cyber response at the national level

Cyber response at the national level

With breaches a regular happening, organizations are becoming better suited to perform incident response. But all bets are off if the event has a national security component to it. This session covers how a “different kind of thinking” is needed. – 2:15 p.m., Aug. 1, Roman 1 and 3
Rooting SIM cards

Rooting SIM cards

There are more than seven billion SIM cards in use. The widely deployed portable memory chips have never been exploited…until now. This discussion highlights design flaws in these these tiny, but powerful, pieces of hardware. – August 1, Augustus 3 and 4 at 3:30 p.m.
CreepyDOL: Cheap, distributed stalking

CreepyDOL: Cheap, distributed stalking

Think of it as the NSA on a shoestring budget. CreepyDOL is a distributed sensing and data mining system that provides identification, tracking, and analysis on a target without sending them any data. All for a few hundred bucks. – 3:30 p.m., Aug. 1, Roman 2
Hacking Z-wave home automation systems

Hacking Z-wave home automation systems

Central control panels in many "smart" homes connect all of the monitoring and function of things like air conditioning and physical security through the use of Z-wave wireless communication protocols. This talk will cover how Z-wave can be attacked. – 5 p.m., Aug. 1, Augustus 5 and 6

The top researchers in the world will descend upon Las Vegas next week for the highly anticipated Black Hat conference. This year's event features a record 110 talks. While you won't be able to attend them all -- unless perhaps you're the NSA -- we've made a handy list of 11 sessions spread over two days that you won't want to miss. Grab the popcorn. It's going to be good.

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