FORT MEADE, Maryland—Late last year, I was invited to a relatively new hacker event in Maryland. Chris Eagle, a well-known researcher in the field of malware analysis and author of The IDA Pro Book, keynoted it. There were a number of really good talks at all levels of expertise, a couple of “Capture the Flag” (CTF) hacking challenges, and all the other typical hallmarks of a well-run hacker conference.
But this event, AvengerCon III, proved to be distinct in a number of ways from the BSides conferences and other events I’ve attended. The first difference was that keynote: Eagle, a senior lecturer at the Navy Postgraduate School, shared some news about