Hacker Conference Demonstrates Digital Dangers

Buzzfeed has a fascinating storyPhoto from Buzzfeed.com
about a Utah woman who went to the world’s most notorious hacker conference, and how easily her personal information was compromised.
The 28-year-old graphic designer (who remains anonymous) ended up on the Def Con conference’s “Wall of Sheep,” where her email and partial password were projected on the wall because she didn’t take the proper precautions. 

She tells the website the Wall is to let people know how easy it is to have personal information stolen. But, she did get hacked.

It doesn’t look like anything got out of hand that I can’t handle, but it’s just embarrassing. It’s the one mistake you don’t make. I’m not in the industry. I can at least blame that.

I went into it like, “turn it all off,” but I think it [happened on] the first night when I went to my hotel and went on to the hotel’s Wi-Fi. Then I went back [to the conference] the next day and hadn’t turned the setting off. It was only on for a few hours. It was Vegas, and I wasn’t completely coherent all of the time, which is why I didn’t remember.

I just kept it off the rest of the trip. Most people I know don’t turn on their phones the entire time they are down there. Some have been hacking since they were 14 or younger and work in the industry; they know this stuff a little better. Some bring laptops that can easily be corrupted so they can see how it was done.

I got my alert on my cell phone [saying] that I was using too much data. I knew something wasn’t right, so I started making changes when I could. I left on Saturday, so I spent most of that night and the next day cleaning up my accounts that may be associated. I totally got owned. It’s just such a rookie mistake.