Et tu Bruté? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy | 8/8/2018 | Staff
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Comment The hacking world's summer camp has ended. The last of the Black Hat USA, BSides Las Vegas, and DEF CON attendees and organizers have now left Sin City after a week of lectures, networking, and partying.

What unfolded over those seven or so days will have knock-on effects for years to come – not just from researchers and miscreants using fresh inside information, tools, and skills gained from the conference trilogy, but as a consequence of poorly executed hotel policy.

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Las Vegas is a notably different place from this time last August, in minor ways and one major one. As an example of a minor change, marijuana is now legal in Nevada, and the smell of sour diesel in the streets doesn't just come from its trucks and busses.

Here's the major revision: people are now, understandably, still tense following the mass murder of revelers at a music festival on the Las Vegas strip last October. A gunman opened fire on hundreds of concertgoers from the window of his Mandalay Bay hotel room, which was crammed with weapons, killing 58 and wounding 851.

Tension - Middle - Week - Points - DEF

This tension would manifest itself in the middle of the week and then grow to be one of the major talking points of DEF CON, leading to the head of the show’s security tending his resignation, and some attendees threatening a boycott.

BSides Las Vegas kicked off its sessions on Tuesday with a series of talks, many highly technical, on how to break in various vulnerable bits of technology. BSides started life as an alternative to the increasingly corporate-friendly events, and the quality of the talks was better than many of those being held down the road at the larger Black Hat. Then again, your humble hack is possibly biased because he co-presented at BSides LV.

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