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Black Hat Conference Highlights Hacking Demos

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Greg M. Jung
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Silver Lining?
Greg M. Jung   8/23/2013 1:52:03 PM
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Yes, this article is very concerning.  I always knew that devices were susceptible to hacking, but had no idea how relatively easy it was for the experienced hacker to do so.  I think there is an overall false sense of security with today's electronic devices.  Hopefully the silver lining from all this will be to raise awareness and test methods for more improved software and electronic security for all products on the market.

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Debera Harward   8/23/2013 5:18:24 PM
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This article is really very informative one. Usually we think that hackers only hack electronic devices and gadgets but i am astonished and surprise to learn that hackers also hack pacemaker and insulin pump this is really shamefull . If hacking of such medical instruments continue this will increase the crime rate as well

Debera Harward
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Re: Silver Lining?
Debera Harward   8/23/2013 5:25:24 PM
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Security is most important and major factor in all It related and networked devices and components. It is shamefull to hear that hackers have found the way to hack medical devices and instruments to increase there crime . The basic reason behind this is that these days majority of the medical devices are networked and need security but unfortunately our doctors are not trained on that path and  because they are not IT oriented they never bother to think on security aspects as well. According to me these days doctors should also have basic knowledge of IT devices .

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far911   8/24/2013 7:11:39 AM
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@Debera - I don't think hackers bypassing security is anything uncommon these days. Where there's gold, there's a thief. Coming to doctors, I find that it would be really hard to teach doctors anything related to IT. 

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Re: Silver Lining?
Greg M. Jung   8/24/2013 10:27:01 PM
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As a medical equipment designer, I am very interested in learning more about the techniques these hackers use and the weakness they exploit in existing devices so that we can design next-generation products that are not as susceptible to these types of attacks.

far911
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far911   8/25/2013 3:52:18 AM
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@Greg - I'm glad to know that you're being proactive about this thing. Otherwise, most professionals take measures after the damage is done. 

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Nancy Golden   8/25/2013 2:24:37 PM
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@Greg- I think it is an especially malicious attack when directed towards medical equipment which is designed to save lives, not to cause harm. A sad comment on our society, but very glad to see you are keeping the need for increased security in mind when you work on your designs.

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apresher   8/23/2013 4:04:37 PM
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Very interesting post, and I agree some very concerning possibilities. With the world going wireless, it makes me wonder how these kinds of attacks can be completely eliminated.

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The First Original Hackers
mrdon   8/23/2013 6:31:14 PM
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Cabe

Nice article. Currently I'm reading the book Hackers by Steven Levy. The first original hackers were a bunch of computer science students at MIT who formed The Model Railroad Club (TMRC). The intent of the club was to share technical tricks or hacks with other interested student engineers.  Heres a cool video which explains how Hackers can be heroes. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVtrA7juc-w

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   8/23/2013 11:05:08 PM
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This article is both informative and disturbing as it highlights malicious behavior. On the flip side, I really enjoyed the video link you posted, mrdon - very cool.  I enjoyed learning about the history of hacking and how they defined hacking as finding good creative solutions to technical problems. It was also very interesting to see how some hackers view what they do as a way to implement positive social change. Just like so many things in the world, people may choose to use their talents for good or evil - just like Batman and the Joker...

far911
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far911   8/24/2013 7:07:04 AM
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Nancy if I remember correctly, hacking was originally a homebrew thing whereby people would hack stuff to improve them or to modify them according to their needs. The false usage came later on. 

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   8/24/2013 7:18:08 PM
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far911, the video mrdon posted goes into the history of hacking - I think you'll enjoy it. It does explain that the first hackers were "good guys."

far911
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far911   8/25/2013 3:51:12 AM
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@Nancy - Thanks for pointing that out. Turns out I was right about the early hackers. The video was quite enjoyable. 

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NadineJ   8/25/2013 3:38:00 PM
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I think most hackers are still "good guys" as this conference demonstrates.  Today, hackers are the ones who let companies, and the public, know about security holes and breaches.  Without hackers, the "bad guys" would get away with a LOT more than they do now.

Besides, when you're up to no good, you don't do it in public at a conference.

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a.saji   8/26/2013 5:06:21 AM
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@Nadine: Yes indeed without hackers we might not know the loopholes we have in the system. There were many instances where due to hackers systems got developed in a much stronger manner. So if you look in that aspect hackers are friends.   

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Ann R. Thryft   8/27/2013 1:49:31 PM
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Some ex-hackers, like ex-thieves, have even turned pro and become consultants to help government and NGOs improve their security.



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mrdon   9/1/2013 7:22:33 PM
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Nancy,

Thanks for the comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the video. As you pointed out, Hacker's talents can be used for good or evil. It's amazing how an item or method that started out good can easily move quickly to the dark side because of a few bad apples.

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Cabe Atwell   10/23/2013 7:01:03 PM
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Odds are, next year's even is going to be unprecedented. I hope to cover it live.

C

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Barnaby Jack
vimalkumarp   8/24/2013 7:14:28 AM
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I think this article is also a great tribute to Barnaby Jack. His demonstration of hacking a medical device ( wireless) made FDA develop new guidelines. He was really a genius.

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