Once again Dan Kaminsky, a Toor event diehard regular, will be presenting the latest installment of his legendary Black Ops series of talks. We also have Valkyrie discussing the law surrounding cell phones such as triangulation, registration, data leaks, and search & seizure in her talk Legal questions surrounding cell phone privacy. We also have Eric Evenchick talking about all of the different ways that you can hack automobiles, specifically using the Controller Area Network (CAN), automotive diagnostics systems (OBD-II, UDS, J1939), hybrid vehicle control systems, and other fun interfaces in his talk Automotive Hacking.
We want to send you to ToorCamp, so we're giving away a ticket to the event. Entering the contest is easy: Just "Like" the ToorCon Page. Don't do the Facebook? We gotcha covered: Just tweet out this message "I want to win a ticket to or a cabin at @toorcamp"
Already bought your ticket? We gotcha covered here too. If the winner already has purchased a ticket, we'd like to reward you for your loyalty. Instead of giving you another ticket, we'll give you a cabin! That's right: A cabin for you and your friends to use. The cabins have electricity, running water, shower/bathroom, a kitchen, living room (with fold-out couch), and bedroom. The cabins are normally a $2,500 value, and give you more amenities than sleeping in a tent (but we won't stop you if you still want to sleep outside).
Want to increase your chances of winning? The cabins sleep more than just you, so of course you'll be inviting your friends to share the cabin and its facilities. Tell your friends to enter too, and they'll share the cabin with you. That way, if one of you wins, all of you win!
As many of you probably already know, Joe Grand, also known as Kingpin, was a member of L0pht Heavy Industries, is a prolific hardware designer as the head of Grand Idea Studio, and was recently a star on the Discovery Channel show Prototype This! Joe Grand will be bridging the gap between the Hacker and Maker cultures in his talk where he will discuss his experience over the years to show us what the definition of a "Hacker" really is.
George Dyson, a Northwest native, is an author, inventor, and historian of technology. He is the author of Darwin Among the Machines, Project Orion: The Atomic Spaceship, and most recently Turing's Cathedral where he focuses his books on the history of the development of technology from computing to atomic energy to space travel. Growing up as the son of Freeman Dyson, the famous physicist and mathematician, George grew up immersed in of the birth of computing, atomic energy, and space travel but also was a rebel -- moving to Canada in his youth and building his own kayaks and researching historic voyages and the native peoples. We think George will provide a unique perspective of where technology has been, where it's headed, and how to escape from it all when you need a break.
ToorCamp is fast approaching, don't forget to submit a talk, sign up for a campsite, and register before the end of the month! Registration is only $200 right now -- that's only $40 per day! Prices are going up to $250 at the end of the month so don't wait until the last minute, REGISTER NOW!
Also, if you are a band or DJ and are interested in performing at ToorCamp, please email email@example.com and as always, if your company is interested in sponsoring don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today we have a couple of workshops we're very excited to announce. First we are very honored to have Darren Kitchen, of Hak5 fame, teaching his WiFi Hacking Workshop at the camp where he will cover the whole gambit -- from the raw 802.11 frames all the way up to embedded linux driver hacking and ranging from modding embedded wireless devices all the way to breaking WPA. Also announced today is VideoMan who will be teaching the Metal Working Workshop where you can learn how to do various forms of metalworking -- mostly focusing on welding over 2 days of the camp. It will be part of the Metal Working / Making village that will also feature 3d printing and other maker tools! More details on the village will be posted shortly.
Talks Posted: Hack Your Life: Coaching as a Tool for Pwnage & Public Land Mobile Network Engineering
Today we have a couple of great talks to announce. First off there's Ratha Grimes, a professional and executive coach, technologist, and hacker, combines her skills to show us geeks how coaching works and how it can help us achieve our goals easier, faster, and smarter in her talk Hack Your Life: Coaching as a Tool for Pwnage. Also announced is a talk by Duncan Smith, Nick Burrows, & Eric Butler on how to run a GSM network at a hacker camp called Public Land Mobile Network Engineering.. Hint: You may want to bring an unlocked GSM phone to ToorCamp.
There will be a bunch of fun contests at the camp. The first one we're releasing information on is Titanium Chef! Similar to the popular Iron Chef TV Show, Titanium Chef is a cooking contest for hackers where contestants are given a special ingredient and they have a limited amount of time to cook the best meal that they can. Rules for the contest are posted on the wiki.
Talks Posted: Marine Organisms of the Washington Outer Coast, Hacking as an Act of War, & Your Dad's CC is Pwned by Africa
We've got a few talks posted for you today. First off there's Marine Organisms of the Washington Outer Coast which will cover the amazing diversity of the marine life that's visible at low tide out near ToorCamp. Also one we're excited about is G. Mark Hardy talking about all of the new issues of cyber-warfare and current UN policies in Hacking as an Act of War. We also have Jerome Athias coming all the way out from France to talk to us about the real threat of credit card theft by nations in africa with some real case studies of the cybermafia in that region in Your dad's cc is under control of africa.
We're proud to announce today a couple of awesome talks related to hacking android smartphones! First off, we have Kos talking about physical attacks on Android devices in Physical Drive-by Downloads - An Android Modder's Weakness including one that takes less than a minute to execute! Also, we have Parity who will be talking about how he tracked down and busted someone who stole his friends phone and then how he was able to bypass the PIN to unlock the phone and grab tons of funny details about the thief! Come check out HTC Android PIN Recovery (and the jerks who deserve it)
ToorCamp recently funded Hackerbot Labs' proposal for building a laser that will project a static column of light into the sky (think Luxor or Tron) as part of their Laser Camp @ ToorCamp. They're doing this by extracting the laser module out of a casio 'slim' projector that happens to have 24 1-2watt 445nm (blue) lasers with optics and using all 24 of them to create the Photonic Beam! The picture shown to the right is their first test of only 1 of the lasers -- you can use your imagination to fill in how this scales to 24!
The HBL team (especially 3ric Johanson) are extremely well versed with lasers both professionally as well as other projects they've done at HBL so they're making sure to use the utmost safety precautions, following all laser safety regulations, and of course applying for the proper clearances from the FAA.
We're super excited about this project and look forward to posting updates on it as we get closer to the camp. Hackerbot Labs, you guys rock!