August 04, 2004
After the happenings in Las Vegas, I got myself a rental car and started traveling through california. After visiting San Diego, I went to Los Angeles in order to meet the guys from flexilis that I met before at the defcon convent. After I arrived in the office of flexilis, which is at a really cool location next to LA downtown, John Hering told me about the appointment with G4TechTV that was scheduled the next day at 6 am.
After sleeping a little, we got up really early in the morning (4:30 am) in order to drive to the Santa Monica Pier. Arrived there, we met the camera crew of G4TechTV along with Kevin Rose, one of the hosts of the "The Screen Savers" show. There, we (John Hering, James Burgess, Kevin Mahaffey, Mike Outmesguine and me) were able to show a full-fledged BlueBug attack on a Nokia 6310i that was located 1.08 miles (1,78 km) away from the attacking laptop. This world record-setting experiment was filmed and will air together with other bluetooth related stuff soon (they said).
This laptop we used for this experiment was equipped with modified bluetooth radio (with external antenna jack) and a connected 19dBi Quad Antenna for the 2.4GHz spectrum. More information on this event may be found on the Long-Distance-Snarf page.
August 02, 2004
After bigger troubles getting to Las Vegas (thanks to US Airways) I finally arrived one day later than planned. In the evening I met with Adam in order to prepare for the talk that we were scheduled for the next day in the early morning of July 29th. After solving problems with the demostration hardware, we were ready set for the demontsration we did the next day, where Agent X (one of the defcon goons) helped us with the demonstration of the BlueBug during the presentation.
At BlackHat there were quite a lot of people listening to our talk. But at the defcon convent, about four times as many people attended our presentation there. Unfortunately, the presentation at the defcon did not go so well as the one at Blackhat. This was due to numerous hacking attempts that our demontstration phone (T610) suffered from. So we were not able to do the eavesdropping demonstration.
At BlackHat as well as at defcon, Adam and me were talking to quite a lot of press people. Again, we have been on slashdot (and in a lot of news-magazines (including WIRED magazine, Wall Street Journal, you name it) around) with our work.
Anyway. Defcon was a cool experience and a good place to meet people. I hope to be there next year as well.