DEFCON 2017 Recap and Macbook Wizardry – CF039

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian and Jim recap some of the highlights from the DEFCON security conference. We discuss the overall statistics from this year’s conference, and call out a few defining characteristics for DEFCON’s 25th anniversary.   We also discuss the legal drama surrounding Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTech, who has been lauded as the security researcher behind stopping the WannaCry ransomware while also facing federal charges for being the mastermind behind the Kronos malware. We also veer off into discussing making a legacy Macbook come into the modern world with a fresh Linux machine for casual use or as a development / builder laptop, because why not! We love breathing new into old tech and engineering around strange limitations like how to install a 64 bit OS on a laptop with a 32 bit EFI.

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