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28C3 Day 1

Just a quick summary of the talks I saw on day 1 (powered by Flora Power, since I already started this year’s congress with a lack of sleep).

  • Marriage From Hell
    Authoritarian governments using surveillance technologies provided by Western companies is not exactly news. Not a bad talk, although it was a bit from the “No shit, Sherlock” department. Not worthy of a keynote in my opinion.
  • The Atari 2006 Video Computer System
    Since I love hearing about old hardware and its limitations, this was an awesome talk. The speaker definitely knew what he was talking about and the presentation was very solid.
  • Can trains be hacked?
    Another good talk, but understandably there was no information on actually hacking the train system. If you want more info on this topic, listen to Chaos Radio Express #171 from December last year.
  • SCADA and PLC Vulnerabilities in Correctional Facilities
    Since I wanted to charge my notebook, I watched this one as a stream. This of course led to web surfing and IRC, so I didn’t pay as much attention as this talk would have deserved.
  • Almighty DNA?
    Why collecting DNA is also a form of data retention. If you’ve been to similar talks before you probable knew most of the stories they told, if not the video and Chaos Radio Express #143 should be good resources to catch up.
  • What is in a name?
    The history of names and identity regimes from 1500 until today. Pretty interesting, but unfortunately I was in a bit of a post-dinner food coma.
  • Defending mobile phones
    This talk was really full and unfortunately the stream didn’t work either, so I ended up watching the second half of Macro dragnets: Why trawl the river when you can do the whole ocean which had some interesting info on avoiding face recognition and other things.
  • String Oriented Programming
    A talk about evading ASLR, DEP and other security measures with printf exploits.