Black Hat USA 2007: That's a wrap
Black Hat USA 2007 was fast-paced, fun, and informative. It demonstrated that security is big business. The halls were lined with vendors, some new, some old, and the smell of money was everywhere. Still, I'm left thinking this year's show had a different tone to it than last year's.
Maybe the Pwnie Awards on Thursday night were responsible. Or maybe it was the crowds in the halls between sessions. Or it may have been the cossack from Hackistan, without a doubt the most popular booth magnet at the event, working the crowd passing by Fortify Software's stand and doing a great impression of Borat as a fast-talking hacker, offering free maps of Hackistan -- the white folder he passed out contained nothing at all -- in exchange for the attendee's Social Security number, camera, or laptop.
The Third Annual Black Hat No Limit Hold 'Em Poker Tournament -- hosted by Arbor Security and offering a $500 top prize -- had a waiting list for entries a week before the show. I stopped by as the action was getting started and saw there was not a seat to be had at any of the tables.
Almost every session I attended was packed to overflowing.