Pluralistic: Open Circuits (14 August 2023)

Today’s links Open Circuits: The hidden beauty of electronics components. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading Open Circuits (permalink) Every trip to Defcon – the massive annual hacker-con in Las Vegas – is a delight. Partly it’s the familiar – seeing old friends, getting updates on hacks of years gone by. But mostly, it’s the surprises, the things you never anticipated. Defcon never fails to surprise. I got back from Vegas yesterday and I’ve just unpacking my suitcase, and with it, the tangible evidence of Defcon’s cave of wonders. My gear bag has a new essential: Hak5’s malicious cable detector, a little USB gizmo that lights up if it detects surreptitious malicious activity, even as it interdicts those nasty payloads: (In case you’re wondering if it’s really possible to craft a malicious USB cable that injects badware into your computer and is visually indistinguishable from a regular cable, the answer is a resounding yes, and of course, Hak5 sells those cables, with a variety of USB tips:) But merch is only a sideshow. The real action is in the conference rooms, where hackers update you on the pursuit of their obsessions. These are such beautiful weirdos who pursue knowledge to ridiculous extremes, untangling gnarly hairballs just to follow a thread to its origin point. For the second year in a row, I caught a presentation from Joseph Gabay about his…Pluralistic: Open Circuits (14 August 2023)

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