A Trade Show For Hackers

With Wade Goodwyn in for Tom Ashbrook.

How to hack into any hotel room in the world – and more. We’ll go to the “black hat” cyber-security conference in Las Vegas.

The "black hat" cyber-security conference is going on this week in Las Vegas. (AP)

The “black hat” cyber-security conference is going on this week in Las Vegas. (AP)

Imagine the world’s best  jewel thieves and the world’s best detectives meeting in Las Vegas to discuss the newest ways to steal high priced jewelry. That’s exactly what’s happening only it’s the world’s best hackers and security men at what is called The Black Hat Conference.

Would you like to learn how to hack into the utilities new smart meters, maybe make a minor adjustment? We have your hacker although the utility companies tried to shut down his presentation.

This hour, On Point, Hackers and the security companies who recruit them.

-Wade Goodwyn


Jordan Robertson, a reporter who covers tech issues for Bloomberg.

Michael Gregg, computer security expert and “ethical hacker” he is the founder and COO of Superior Solutions, Inc.

Fred Cate, director at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University, where he is also a professor at the Maurer School of Law.

Don Weber, security expert at “InGuardians” security consultancy. He presented yesterday at Black Hat, on his research into security weaknesses in smart electrical meters

From The Reading List

Bloomberg “While many major technology vendors have overcome their reluctance to making a public showing at the conference, Apple, now the world’s most valuable company, has had no problem snubbing a community whose aim is to unearth its vulnerabilities.”

E-Week “For millions of travelers and road warriors, the ubiquitous hotel key card is the primary, and essentially the only, way to access their rooms at the end of day. However, security researcher Cody Brocious believes the current systems used to secure hotel doors throughout the United States and elsewhere are severely flawed.”

Red Orbit “The former is the up and up event with sponsors that include, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Looking Glass, Microsoft and Qualys. The conference is expected to draw somewhere between 6,500 and 7,500 attendees – most invite only – and feature 82 sessions. The event will also include the release of 36 new security tools, 49 on-stage demonstrations and 17 zero-day disclosures.”

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