Tag Archive: 30c3


Here are just a few talks I went to and found memorable. Have a look at the other talks here. This one in particluar was nicely delivered and funny in a creepy way. I’d say all of the people giving lectures at CCC have mastered the art of “delivering bad news in a good way”.

RFID Treehouse of Horror -Hacking City-Wide Access Control Systems

In this lecture, we present a black-box analysis of an electronic contact-less system that has been steadily replacing a conventional mechanical key on multi-party houses in a big European city. So far, there are est. 10.000 installations of the electronic system. The mechanical key has been introduced about 40 years ago to allow mail delivery services to access multi-party houses but has since then aggregated many additional users, such as garbage collection, police, fire brigade and other emergency services. Over 92% of residential buildings in this city are equipped with such a solution.

 

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Hacker Jeopardy with Cocktails

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3D printing demonstration at Assembly Hall

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Oh noes weapons were produced with 3 D printers. I’m trembling with fear.

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3D printed objects

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Lounge decor

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Lounge decor

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Thias trying out Oculus Rift

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LED Art

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My busy schedule

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I leave you with the visuals for now. Text will follow.

Seeing the Secret State @ 30C3

I am still overwhelmed by all he amazing input I got at the Chaos Communication Congress. It’s really hard to sum up all the interesting talks, things, projects and people I met and saw, so I’ll be writing about them bit by bit. One fascinating talk by Trevor Paglen in particular I’d like to share because it is just so unbelievably absurd but true.

Here’s the talk’s description:

Although people around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the United States’ global geography of surveillance, covert action, and other secret programs, much of this landscape is invisible in our everyday lives.

The drone war, for example, seems to happen “somewhere else” while surveillance programs take place among the (largely) invisible infrastructures and digital protocols of the internet and other communications networks. Moreover, the state agencies responsible for secret programs strive to make them as invisible as possible.

In this talk, artist Trevor Paglen discusses his work attempting to “see” the various aspects of the secret state. In examples ranging from tracking spy satellites to foraging through the bureaucratic refuse of CIA front companies, Paglen will discuss methods used to identify and exploit structural contradictions in classified programs which render them visible, and comment on the aesthetics and politics of attempting to “see” secrecy.

He has made it a point to make visible the secret infrastructure that institutions like the CIA have and followed the paper trail. Very American military: of course, the squadrons and military personnel that work at these secret bases need patches for their uniforms! I was just baffled. You couldn’t make this up.

headbugz @ 30C3

We’re finally going to attend the Chaos Computer Clubs’s 30th anniversary congress. We wanted to go last year, but the universe had other plans. Now we are very excited to get a lot of fascinating input this year. We’ll update you on talks and such as much as we can. Stay tuned!

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