The parties, the meet-and-greets with industry friends, and electricity of like minds converging in Vegas summertime heat may provide the glitz and allure of the annual Black Hat security convention, but it is the research that fuels this conference's staying power.
The intellectual heart and soul of Black Hat, the briefing sessions always stir up fresh controversy and food for thought within the security research community and beyond. Whether it's been hacked ATMs spewing money from the podium, demonstrations of enterprise financial systems completely compromised, or any number of exposed vulnerabilities that have left vendors in a tizzy, Black Hat has always offered a venue for controversial research to take center stage.
This year will likely prove no different, with plenty of speakers gearing up for some powerful talks in just a couple of week. Here are some of our picks for those pieces of research most likely to set tongues wagging.