HOPE X, the biannual hacker’s conference took place this past weekend (July 18 through July 20th) in the usual venue – the Pennsylvania hotel in NYC. The “X” in the name stands for the tenth conference, so HOPE has been going on for 20 years now.
This year’s theme was whistle-blowers, with Dan Ellsberg and Ed Snowden featured as keynote speakers. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend on Saturday when they spoke – however their talks are available here.
- Are You Ready for SIP the Kool-Aid?
- Solve the Hard Problem – the hard problem is to make it easy for everyone to encrypt their email.
- Barret Brown and Anonymous – Barret Brown has been jailed for sharing a URL. See here: http://freebarrettbrown.org/
- When Whistleblowers are branded as spies. – this talk was give by the lawyer who is defending Thomas Drake against NSA. See this video for overview of the case.
- Hacking the Patent System – did you know that a doubly linked list has been patented?
- Can You Patent Software – link to slides of this talk are here.
- Ethical Questions and Best Practices for Service Providers
- Bootkits: Step by Step
- Fuckhackerfuck! Audience Bashing – this was quite entertaining plea for less cult of personality and more of issues discussions.
- Securing a Router – bottom line, if you buy your router from Best Buy, it’s probably not secure. Presentation slides here.
- Self Publishing Success
- Stupid White Hat Tricks – when being a “white hat” hacker, do not break the law. This means never run code on someone else’s computer. The speaker showed us how to find websites with SQL injection vulnerability – and there are hundreds of them (you can ask me how to find them). Sadly, he said that maybe 25% of people informed about the problems will do something.
All in all it was a fun conference as always. Luckily I can catch up on all talks I missed online…