Advances in Machine Learning


Back in March we talked about Adobe’s Project VoCo which could recreate someone’s speech with only twenty minutes of recorded dialogue.  Now just a few months later, Lyrebird claims it can recreate any voice with just one minute of recorded speech!  Lyrebird also says it can make that speech have any intonation or emotion, from […]

Web Beacons for Social Engineering Reconnaissance


Most of you have heard about cookies on the internet, but Web Beacons take tracking your browsing habits a step further. Web Beacons (aka: Tracking Pixels, Web Bugs, and Tracking Beacons) are mainly used by marketers to track how well an email, advertisement, or article is being received by their audience.  Usually these 1×1 pixel […]

Children Hacking Websites


As a parent of an 11-year-old boy, I always wonder what he’s going to get himself into. (usually after reflecting on what I did when I was younger) I didn’t want him not to use technology, so I started him off with an iPod then when I got a new iPad, I gave him my […]

SECTF4Kids & SECTF4Teens at DEF CON 25


You have been hitting refresh on your keyboard nonstop.  You have been nagging your parents.  Even some of you have gotten your parents to email us asking when we will announce….. The time is here. The SECTF4Kids is back for a 5th year and the all new SECTF4Teens is now live and waiting for you […]

Not Your Average (G.I.) Joe


Back in 2015 we reported on the possible vulnerabilities in the IoT web-connected Hello Barbie doll, and the possibility of privacy and security breaches from the cloud stored communications of children.  Two weeks ago Germany banned the interactive Cayla doll from stores and issued warnings to parents that had purchased it.  The Cayla doll was […]



  We know it’s only February, but it’s time to start thinking about DEF CON 25 and the Social Engineer Capture the Flag competition (SECTF for those of you in the know).  The SECTF is your chance to publicly schmooze, vish, elicit, smooth-talk, and social engineer in front of an eager audience of peers for […]