LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) today announced the formation of IoT Village, a new hacking event at esteemed information security conference DEF CON. IoT Village aims to drive improvement in so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices, generally defined as traditionally analog devices that are now connected to the internet, by hacking them to discover security vulnerabilities. “IoT devices aggregate staggering amounts of data about consumers and businesses alike, and introduce harrowing new points of remote connectivity to previously lesser accessible environments,” explains Ted Harrington, one of the leaders behind IoT Village, “and so as a community we must work to solve the massive privacy and security issues that are introduced by connected devices.”
IoT Village runs August 6-9, 2015 at DEF CON 23, co-located between Paris and Bally’s casinos in Las Vegas. The village will be comprised of hacking contests, including capture the flag, zero-day discovery and sudden death. Organizers will also host multiple talk tracks, as well as workshops and other tutorials.
The village organizers are the same group of security researchers and consultants who also ran SOHOpelessly Broken, the first-ever router hacking contest at DEF CON, which delivered 15 new, previously unknown, critical vulnerabilities to the research community. “The IoT Village is a further evolved concept,” says Steve Bono, founder of ISE, “where we are expanding the scope to include not just routers, but all connected devices, ranging from thermostats to TVs, printers to video surveillance equipment, implanted medical devices to drug refrigeration equipment, and everything in between.”
Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to contact village organizers through the contest website, www.iotvillage.org. The call for papers is now open, and will close on May 26, 2015. Opportunities for volunteers, judges, and sponsors are also available, although spots are limited. The official hashtag of the event is #iotvillage.
Founded in 2005 out of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins’ Information Security Institute, ISE is a security consulting firm comprised of hackers, computer scientists, reverse engineers, and cryptographers who help companies defend against sophisticated adversaries by utilizing a perspective typically perpetrated by the adversary. ISE is widely recognized for being the first company to hack the iPhone1, and more recently for the discovery of the vulnerability epidemic in wireless routers2.
About DEF CON
Started in 1993, DEF CON is one of the largest and oldest annual hacker conferences. DEF CON boasts a wide range of activities, including speeches, capture the flag, contests, lock picking, and official music events. Unique to DEF CON, the Village concept galvanizes security researchers around a chosen security topic, ranging from cryptography to lockpicking. There are currently only seven Villages, including the newest venue, IoT Village.