August 5, 2020 - 8:30am PDT to August 6, 2020 - 4:00pm PDT

Join EFF for the first virtual event from Black Hat USA! Be sure to stop by our booth in the free virtual Business Hall and schedule a meeting via Swapcard to learn more about the latest developments in protecting digital freedom. Check out our shop to see the latest and greatest EFF gear, or go to our donation page and renew your membership from last year’s Black Hat!

Registration is open! You can register for a FREE Business Hall pass to come stop by our booth, or get a #BHUSA Briefings pass.

EFF Talks

When Security Research Is a Crime: The Changing Legal Landscape of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Naomi Gilens
Wednesday August 5 at 10:25 am PT
Security researchers in academia, industry, public service, and independent practice promote computer security by identifying serious security shortcomings in systems ranging from medical devices to voting machines to critical national infrastructure. This research and investigation is especially urgent as we integrate computers into our homes, vehicles, and even our bodies. But the notoriously ambiguous federal anti-hacking law, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, can expose even well-intentioned security researchers to serious legal risk. This year, the Supreme Court will decide, for the first time, exactly how far the law extends. This talk will discuss the current legal landmines that the CFAA presents and how this landscape might soon change.

Detecting Fake 4G Base Stations in Real Time
Cooper Quintin
Wednesday August 5 at 11:00 am PT
In this talk we will tell you how 4G IMSI Catchers might work to the best of our knowledge, and what they can and can't do. We demonstrate a brand new software project to detect fake 4G base stations, with open source software and relatively cheap hardware. And finally we will present a comprehensive plan to dramatically limit the capabilities of IMSI catchers (with the long term goal of making them useless once and for all).

About Black Hat USA

Now in its 23rd year, Black Hat USA is the world's leading information security event, providing attendees with the very latest security research, development and trends. Black Hat USA 2020 will be entirely virtual this year, held over the same dates, August 1-6 in Pacific Daylight Time.