DEF CON is at a new venue since my last visit (two years ago), and I have to give props to the conference staff for all the hard work they’ve put in. Lines to get to talks and villages are still incredibly long as ever, and make it hard to justify the time to wait and missing out on something else.
Some trends I’m noticing so far:
- The car hacking industry is maturing a bit with multiple players demonstrating they can at least speak the CAN protocol(s)
- Internet of Things (IoT) security is still important, though not as hyped
- Chip-PIN and ATM attacks are popular
Car hacking is still a popular talk, with a huge Car Hacking Village dominating the line-up—it’s definitely a cool place, though I’m sure it’s popularity has to do with the life-size car video game. ;-)