The Black Hat Security Conference has been going on for 15 years now and like other years, the top security firms in the country will be discussing a wide range of computing issues. Among the topics most likely up for discussion will be Near Field Communications (NFC), HTML5 and web-based applications. This particular conference has long brought the best and the brightest of the Internet security community.
The explosion of mobile technology over the last few years has made the security for such devices a big key when discussing security in general. HTML5 is one of those technologies that has been made to fit on almost any computer or mobile device, but that can mean transporting infected files from one device to another quicker and easier as well. The same can be said for NFC technology. While there are all kinds of benefits from the use of NFC technology, there are plenty of dangers as well. Sending a customer’s data wirelessly can make purchasing that much easier, because the data can be sent with the push of a button, but there is more of a chance that someone could snag the data with the right set of tools.
One well known hacker who breached Apple (News - Alert) when it was considered to be impregnable has said that there are ways to turn the NFC technology against its user. Charlie Miller has said he has looked into NFC technology and that there are ways to use the tech that is on a user’s smartphone in order to use it to open a webpage the user didn’t want. This could be used as a way to infect the smartphone or mobile device with Malware through those websites.
HTML5 will be focused on during the Black Hat conference as well as more and more hackers are viewing the new technology as a possible way to formulate stealth attacks as well as silent exploits. Because HTML 5 makes it easier for devices to communicate, there is always the chance that hackers will find a weakness in the relatively new technology that will be a large problem for users moving forward.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey