I went to my second Defcon 916 meeting yesterday. They did a great hands-on demonstration of remotely obtaining a root shell on a slightly-misconfigured GNU/Linux web server.

The principles are largely the same as from my hacking days in the 1990’s, but the tools… there’s a brave new world of resources for the would-be pwner.

I also realized it was the first time I’ve done any kind of hacking when there was someone else in the same room.