Hacking journalists at Black Hat
I'm never a fan of press rooms and tend to spend most of my time in sessions which is a good thing this year for me at Black Hat. There were a pair of French journalists who actually sniffed out journalist user/pswrd on the wired press room network. Apparently they were trying to get at CNET (among others).
As I wrote earlier in the week, the Black Hat network is hostile and there was a Wall of Sheep effort to embarrass (and help) users who send their login credentials in clear text, but that's over Wi-Fi. The press room is wired and had no such Wall of Sheep warning. So the jokers who sniffed out other journalist passwords got ejected from the conference - and rightly so.
That said on the Wi-Fi network, Black Hat founder Jeff Moss noted in a Wednesday AM introduction that Wi-Fi admins for Black Hat protected against some 709 clients that tried to set up rogue access points (many with the SSID: BlackHat). What the Black Hat admins did was DDoS any SSID set to BlackHat (other than the official ArubaNetworks one) based on the access points MAC address.
The press room (though I avoided it) is supposed to be a 'safe' zone
for journalists where they can plug in (power/Ethernet) to get work
done without interference. Violating that sanctity is a crime in my
That said, don't send user/pswrd in the clear cause you never know who is listening.