Each succeeding Black Hat Technical Security forum, a conference aimed at both freelance and sponsored hackers, seems to veer into arcane fields of embedded devices where the security concerns might appear a little far-fetched. In fact, it seems many Black Hat attendees are leaving the IT world behind, considering the problems of computer networks, even in new tablet and mobile fields, to be trite and predictable.
Three weeks ago, I caught a pre-show Black Hat news report about two researchers who were demonstrating a build-it-at-home, fully functional airborne spy drone, complete with imaging and audio capture technology. The handy-dandy flying robot could even crack WiFi passwords in real time. The inventors insisted their intent was to educate citizens on the types of drone technologies now available to both governments and amateurs, but I’d be willing to bet most DIY hobbyists attending their session sought to build their own robot spy to find out what the neighbors were doing in that detached garage every night.