Best of Black Hat: 20 Epic Talks in 20 Years

In celebration of Black Hat's 20th birthday, we take a look back at the most memorable presentations and demos since the show's inception in 1997.
USA 2000: Full Disclosure and Open Source
Europe 2000: Finding Holes in Closed-Source Software
USA 2001: Researching Secrets
USA 2002: Microsoft-focused talk led to SQL Slammer Worm
USA 2005: Cisco IOS Security Architecture, aka "Ciscogate"
Japan 2006: Hacking the Vista Kernel
USA 2007: A new version of the Blue Pill
USA 2008: Satan Is on My Friends List
USA 2008: DNS cache poisoning discovery
USA 2010: Barnaby Jack and the ATM Hack
USA 2010: Cyberwarfare
USA 2011: Hacking medical devices
USA 2012: Flaws in air traffic control
USA 2012: Apple's Black Hat debut
USA 2013: Pushback against the NSA
USA 2013: Attacks on SCADA systems
USA 2014: Satellite terminal vulnerabilities
USA 2014: TSA systems exposed online
USA 2015: Remote hack of a Jeep
USA 2015: Stagefright code in the heart of Android

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Black Hat, the information security conference founded by Jeff Moss in 1997. What began as a single meetup in Las Vegas has expanded around the world to host events in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Over the years, Black Hat has brought together CISOs, researchers, academics, IT specialists, analysts, federal employees, cryptographers, and many other security professionals to learn about, and discuss, the threats and trends shaping their industry.

Much of the learning takes place in the Black Hat Briefings, which were created to give security pros a place to discover new threats and developments that could potentially put them at risk. Each year, researchers take the conference stage to share their latest work and exploits.

Twenty years is a long time in an industry where threats change by the minute. The many vulnerabilities exposed at Black Hat have affected everything from consumer devices to critical infrastructure.

For example, anyone who was at Black Hat 2010 recalls when the late Barnaby Jack, then director of research at IOActive, demonstrated how a cybercriminal could compromise an ATM and steal cash, copy customers' card data, or learn the machines' master passwords.

Information released at Black Hat has proven groundbreaking and game-changing for those in attendance. Here, we take a look back at the "best of" Black Hat talks, discoveries, and moments over the past 20 years.

Do you have a favorite Black Hat moment that didn't make this list? If so, we'd love to hear about it! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.  

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