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Archive: Sep 2014

Weaponizing Your Pets 4: Spark Core to the Rescue

Having run into hurdles with Arduino, Gene Bransfield now turns to Spark Core development platform to make the needed pet collar and try to get it working. Looking into another form factor, this is the Spark Core (see leftmost image below). I call it the “Arduino mullet” because it’s got WiFi...

Weaponizing Your Pets 3: Some Fun with Arduino

After the fail with tech inside the cat coat, Gene decides to give Arduino a shot due to the right form factor and sufficient functionality – read how it went. I was talking to my friend Bill about this, and he laughed. He said: “Why don’t you try Arduino? It’s a small form factor, low power...

Weaponizing Your Pets 2: Better Luck Next Time with the Cat

Gene Bransfield’s very first attempts sending out the War Kitteh with not-so-sophisticated gear turned out a fail – read the entry to learn what happened. So, requirements… The CONOP is to put a collar or harness on a cat with stuff in it and have the cat do a walkabout and get data. Well, number 0 is...

Weaponizing Your Pets: The War Kitteh and the Denial of Service Dog

In his first-time Defcon presentation, Tenacity Solutions’ Gene Bransfield shares his hilarious experience of making a ‘volunteer’ cat and dog go technical. Good morning Defcon! I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here. I’d wanted to present here for a while. I’d like to start...

Unexpected Stories from a Hacker inside the Government 5: A Tribute to Barnaby Jack

This is the closing part where Peiter Zatko tells the Defcon community two hilarious stories from his reminiscence of the famous white hat hacker Barnaby Jack. 5. A Tribute to Barnaby Jack Okay, so let me try and give my Barnaby one without actually breaking down into tears here. Let’s see if I pulled...