Use Dropbox as a backdoor into corporate networks. Check. Suck information out of pacemakers. Check. The Black Hat conference convening in Las Vegas next week offers hacker tools for all of those plus more.

Intended to provide good-guy researchers with tools to test the security of networks and devices, the free tools distributed at the conference can also be used by the bad guys to break into networks, steal data and thwart defenses designed to expose malware halt attacks.

Over the course of two days white-hat hackers from consultancies, universities and vendors will present more than 100 briefings on vulnerabilities and exploits they have discovered, and in many cases releasing tools that would be useful to hackers.

Many of the specific exploits they expose in specific commercial products have been reported to the vendors and been patched already, but other tools can be more widely applied.

SOURCE: cio.com

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