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Hacking Hollywood & Operation Lights Out

posted Nov 10, 2011, 4:13 AM by Nickosaurus Hax
Last weekend was Kiwicon V, where for the fifth year in a row, we have descended upon Wellington in an ominous dark cloud. This year I presented the results of a project that's kept me busy for the last few months - Hacking Hollywood. 

It's a fairly short presentation (around 30 minutes) which covers bugs in a variety of software used by the film/tv industry, including scriptwriting, storyboarding, 3D/VFX/Rendering, render farm management and video editing software. The presentation is pitched as 'hackertainment', with lots of shells and a narrative to illustrate these issues to less technical audience members. Hacking Hollywood was very well received at Kiwicon and I had lots of fun giving the talk - especially as the demo gods were on my side and everything went off without a hitch.

I largely spent the rest of the day with Eon setting up Operation Lights Out. This game was held on the Saturday evening, upstairs at the Kiwicon V venue, the Wellington Opera House. We had a couple of access network mishaps at the start, but once we switched the users on the dead switch onto wireless everything was a go. The game held up pretty well to the hungry, hungry hackers; while we did end up opening some of the firewalls up to help speed the game along, the team that won did so without our help. So congratulations to Team SashaGrey (heh) for destroying the power plant and winning the game.

The weekend after next is Ruxcon. One of the speakers had to urgently cancel, so I will be giving the Hacking Hollywood talk in his place. I'm really looking forward to my first Ruxcon and presenting this material again - all slides and exploit code will be available after the conference (most likely the week of November 21st).