Richard Brown, DefCon Badge Hack DDoS Attack
Richard Brown, Pure Hacking dedicated security consultant and all round security fanatic impressed the conference organisers and participants at this year's DefCon with his innovative DefCon badge hack.
Relying on his skills to turn an Infra-Red (IR) device into a sniffer, Rich produced a DDoS attack for all attendees badges, being one of the tasks of the DefCon hardware hacking competition, causing mayhem with other devices. He partnered with a hardware wizard to modify his own badge with extra long range IR sensors and he kept targeting badges at long range. A great hack for the day.
Rich shared many things with us on his return including the new and different aspect of hardware hacking, utilising software to interact with onboard chipsets and other sensors such as Infra-Red. In a nutshell hardware hacking can be done at many levels, including flashing your own software to directly interact with the hardware to get it to do things that only custom code would normally allow.
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