Short report on HOPE #9 for Unigroup
I helped staff the
HOPE Number Nine:
Hackers on Planet Earth
hosted by 2600 at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Citing the HOPE FAQ
Q: What is a hacker?
A: A hacker is someone who is curious and creative, and seeks to understand how things work, especially complicated systems. Many hackers use technology to perform their investigations, and enjoy sharing information about their findings with other people. Often, hackers are willing to exceed boundaries of expected behaviors, to better understand systems they are interested in.
Q: So, are you saying this conference will be full of criminals and other miscreants?
A: No, the conference will be full of creative and caring people, sharing what they know. You are encouraged to attend, and to contribute your energies and ideas to help make it even better.
No Starch Press books
and remember the usual Unigroup discounts:
- Prentice Hall "USERGROUP"
- "DSUG": 20% discount on all O'Reilly books & conferences
I was there representing the Vintage Computer Museum of NJ
on the 2nd floor
amid all the hacker spaces,
& vendors (EFF, Open Source, locksmiths).
I'm frustrated with the lack of support for Arduino alternatives.
Our exhibit was
Single Board Computers of the 70s & 80s,
featuring an Apple 1 replica
There were many great presentations about technology & society
who led an extremely technical presentation about
crypto weaknesses and wireless network sniffing
using cheap tools.
I got to chat with him and learned a lot about
wireless INsecurity: vulnerabilities in current security & authentication
The overall theme was the "dept of HOPEland security":
security theatre & harassment vs. privacy
- how one mfgr's hardware RNG is really a poorly seeded ECC (error correcting code)
- The "smart meter" embedded version of Certicom's ECMQV IS BROKEN, can get the private key even with a bad handshake
- Wardriving for Zigbee reveals a lot, such as parking meters
Club Matte was the primary beverage, the boxes were EVERYWHERE
made into an impromptu-scanner around the escalator