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DEF CON: Come hack the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things is talked about a lot and many people are unsure what it really is, but at DEF CON 23 this summer in Las Vegas, that should become a lot more clear as attendees compete to hack IoT devices.

“Pwning IoT via Hardware Attacks” is a competition starting this year as part of IoT Village, a new sector of the conference focusing on security of proliferating device such as sensors, meters, industrial controls and smart appliances.

As part of the village attendees can enter their successful compromises against IoT devices in an attempt to win prizes. The entries will be judged on the severity of the compromise – how thoroughly a machine is taken over – and how it can be accessed, such as remotely or without being detectable, says Chase Schultz, a security researcher for Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), which is organizing the competition.

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