Aug 04 2009

The Dark Cough – DEFCON 17

Published by at 11:09 pm under Censorship,China internet,Chinese Malware

Thanks to everyone who showed up to the Dark Visitor meetup at DEFCON 17.  It was a lot of fun and I had a great time joking around and talking shop with everyone.  The only gambling that I did was deciding on the Korean BBQ place close to the con hotel – the food was pretty good and they reserved a nice area for the group (of 21) so I guess the gamble paid off. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. There was a lot of praise for Heike’s book as well as the work we’re doing together on the blog – that was all very much appreciated. We need to convince Heike to come out to DEFCON18 next year… Come on, Vegas isn’t so bad.

I spent most of my time at the con attending presentations.  There were at least two presentations that featured a slide devoted to Xiao Tian and the Dark Visitor got mentioned in two presentations.  I think that we should setup a scholarship fund to sponsor Xiao Tian so she can come to Vegas next year and meet with us.

So I decided to put together a give away for people who attended the meetup and settled on a CD packed full of Chinese hacker papers and videos. I put a nice lightscribe label on all of them and included “The Dark Visitor” in Chinese characters. Well apparently I entered the characters rather hastily and instead of 黑客, I put 黑咯, which means Dark Cough (according to Ming Zhou). So at least I learned a new character and maybe that will be the name of the next big disease that comes out of Asia. Who knows? Maybe the flawed Dark Visitor CD will turn out to be the next ultra rare one-eyed beanie baby or something (I’ll start planting them on ebay tomorrow).


Heike and I have talked about having some TDV wearable stuff. Perhaps a Titan Rain Suit? Maybe a “Certified Great Firewall Engineer” T-Shirt? How about a Javaphile Coffee Shop baseball hat? Sunwear tanktop? Let us know what you think. We’ll think of something clever to do with the proceeds like buy Xiao Tian an HD webcam.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “The Dark Cough – DEFCON 17”

  1. bVon 05 Aug 2009 at 1:15 am

    Hey, just wanted to say it was good to meet you, even though I didn’t make it to dinner.

  2. anon 07 Aug 2009 at 6:22 am

    Any chance to get an iso image of that cd online?
    Or possibly an file listing for googling.

  3. jumperon 08 Aug 2009 at 12:24 pm

    @an – sorry I can’t. It has some things on it that don’t belong to me. I was only given permission to give the CD away for the con.

    I’ll make another one for the next con that has malware that I have collected and fewer things that I have to get permission to distribute.

  4. CBRP1R8on 11 Aug 2009 at 1:52 pm

    sorry I couldn’t make it, work is so stingy about attending con’s and I can’t afford it on my dime. Besides that, I’ve been fighting getting my access back to the site, btw Bluecoat systems now classifies Dark Visitor as Hack site. :D

    I wouldn’t mind getting one of those Certified Great Firewall Engineers…lol, that one sounds good.

  5. Heikeon 11 Aug 2009 at 2:31 pm


    A certain individual reported us as the “Chinese hackers” who called for the attack on CNN…so Bluecoat isn’t the first. :)