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  • Bryan Petty 10:27 on Thursday, 20 September 2012 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Sept 20th Meeting: Justin Carmony on Refactoring 

    Justin’s been around the block a few times, and knows how to find and identify code that is in need of a redo, and will show us the right way to do the update. He will show us how to take old code and make it new again, preparing it for years of maintenance-free bliss. He may even do some live demos I think, so bring some of the worst PHP code you can get your hands on, and perhaps we can try to stump him. If you’ve been to one of Justin’s presentations before, I don’t need to tell you that it will be one you won’t want to miss.

    Usual meeting details apply:

    7:00pm at C7 Bluffdale Datacenter

    Afterparty at Draper Applebee’s (12300 South, just east of I-15)

  • Bryan Petty 11:09 on Wednesday, 8 August 2007 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    DefCon 15 Report 

    It’s that time of the year again when hackers of all types get together for their annual celebration of discoveries made throughout the year. We call this DefCon, and every year, new exploits in software and hardware are released to the public.

    I had the opportunity to attend the conference for my sixth year there (for the 15 years it’s been held now) along with more than 8,000 other hackers at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presentations were given on about 120 different subjects ranging from drive reanimation to international information warfare. More than $15,000 was raised to support the EFF. Breakout sessions were held for two full days on both wireless WEP and WPA cracking as well as lock picking.

    Contests are also held every year including the infamous Capture the Flag contest designed to find the best team of network and server security gurus that runs continuously from the beginning of the conference to the very end. Hacker Jeopardy provides a test of knowledge of both technical details as well as political and related events. More than 10 other contests are also run including WarDriving, Lock Picking, DefconBots (build an automated robot to accomplish a specific task in the shortest amount of time possible), and a Mystery Box Challenge (you have no clue what you’re up against until the competition starts).

    Highlights from this year’s conference included:

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