“Hacker Village” at Adobe Tech Summit

During Adobe’s Tech Summit, hundreds of people from across the company visited the Hacker Village. Adobe Tech Summit is an annual gathering of product development teams from across all businesses and geographies. We get together to share best practices, information about the latest tools and techniques, and innovations to both inspire and educate.

The Hacker Village was designed to teach about the various attack types that could target our software and services. It consisted of six booths. Each booth was focused on a specific attack (cross-site scripting, SQL injection etc.) or security-related topic.

The booths were designed to demonstrate a particular attack and give visitors the opportunity to try the attack for themselves; including attacking web applications, cryptography and computer systems and more. For instance, the RFID booth was designed to demonstrate how a potential attacker can steal information from RFID cards. Upon visiting the information booth, visitors chose a RFID card that represented a super hero and were told to keep it hidden. Unbeknownst to our visitors we had a volunteer RFID thief carry a high powered RFID device concealed in a messenger bag. By getting within two feet of a card, he was able to successfully steal the information from the RFID card and display which super hero RFID cards had been compromised.

In the Wi-Fi booth, visitors learned about how susceptible wireless networks are to attacks. Lab participants were able to see what access points their own mobile device had connected to in the past, by intercepting the probe requests sent by a mobile device. The wireless drone introduced visitors to the concept of war flying – mapping out wireless networks. At the other booths, visitors successfully exploited sql injection using SQLmap, cross-site scripting using BeEF, system hacking using Armitage, and cracking passwords using John the ripper.

By completing one or more of the labs, the participants had the opportunity to take home their very own suite of hacker tools.

The Hacker Village was a huge success. In just a three hour time frame, the Hacker Village had more than 325 visitors and 225 lab participants. Most of the participants completed multiple labs, with dozens visiting all six booths. The feedback was positive and many people showed a strong interest in security after visiting one or more of the booths.

Taylor Lobb
Senior Security Analyst

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