In what will likely be one of the most extravagant hacking competitions ever organised, the Apple Time Capsule network storage device, the Fitbit Aria scale and a Samsung Smart Cam IP Baby Monitor will be open for exploits at the Defcon 23 conference in Las Vegas this August.
In the hope they will encourage manufacturers to secure their gear, attendees will be invited to uncover vulnerabilities and attack the devices, which also include some Netgear and Foscamsecurity cameras, Asus and Zyxel routers, a Blipcare blood pressure monitor and a child’s toy, the i-spy HappyCow Tank with Camera. An unnamed smart TV and a connected refrigerator will also be opened up, and some additional medical devices.
The i-spy HappyCow Tank will be one of the devices open to benevolent hackers at the IoT Village at Defcon
Benevolent hackers will be able to find the devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) Village at Defcon , the first of its kind at the conference. FORBES understands a Tesla vehicle, or its components, will be available for tinkerers to toy with at the conference too, though the firm has denied it. The conference takes place in Las Vegas across 6-9 August.
Vendors have not been contacted yet, but will be as soon as there are vulnerabilities to disclose. Prizes haven’t been finalised yet, though the organisers from Independent Security Evaluators previously ran the SOHOpelessly Broken contest at Defcon 22, which gave away the cash equivalent of $10,000 and uncovered 15 vulnerabilities across a range of routers .
“Interest in IoT is rapidly growing and many conferences have been organized on the topic. Many individual researchers have focused their energies on IoT. But to our knowledge, no one has previously put together a hacking event of this scale to focus on improving IoT,” said Ted Harrington, executive partner at Independent Security Evaluators.