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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.
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A Congressman Goes to DEF CON

August 13, 2015 LAS VEGAS, Nev. — At some point last weekend, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, woke up, shut off his phone, and made his way through the smoky, noisy, blinking floor of Bally’s Casino to meet with a few of the world’s hacking elite. Turning off your phone, or at very least...

After Ferguson Unrest, St. Louis Police Bought Stink Weapons to Launch at Protesters

August 11, 2015 Another year, another series of violent protests in the city of Ferguson, just outside St. Louis, Missouri. But this time, the law-enforcement response may take a particularly fetid turn. Local police are armed with Skunk, a controversial chemical “ malodorant ” — or more plainly, an unbelievably foul-smelling liquid that...

Someone At DEF CON Made a Drone That Hacks Computers

August 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Forget Facebook drones that broadcast Wifi. The future is drones that hack from above. A company called Aerial Assault has turned a quadcopter into a flying hacker that scans the world below for insecure devices and vulnerable Wifi ports. Its makers say they built the tool...

Hackers to Military: Replace Us With Robots? Ha!

August 10, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Every year, thousands of information-security specialists, computer scientists, and a few mohawked geeks who proudly wear the moniker of hacker gather here for a very particular digital war game:, the DEF CON capture- the-flag, or CTF, competition. To win, you have to find weaknesses in other teams'...

Someone At DEF CON Made a Drone That Hacks Computers

August 10, 2015 LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Forget Facebook drones that broadcast Wifi. The future is drones that hack from above. A company called Aerial Assault has turned a quadcopter into a flying hacker that scans the world below for insecure devices and vulnerable Wifi ports. Its makers say they built the tool...

Hackers to Military: Replace Us With Robots? Ha!

August 9, 2015 LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Every year, thousands of information-security specialists, computer scientists, and a few mohawked geeks who proudly wear the moniker of hacker gather here for a very particular digital war game:, the DEF CON capture- the-flag, or CTF, competition. To win, you have to find weaknesses in other teams’...

The Robots Taking Your Job Could Get You Killed

August 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow So you decided to let the robots run your factory, but to make sure you could watch them from your lounge chair in Maui, you hooked your 1990s supervisory control system to the Internet of 2015. Now the whole thing is going haywire. Someone has remotely commanded your automated plant...

The Robots Taking Your Job Could Get You Killed

August 6, 2015 LAS VEGAS, Nev. — So you decided to let the robots run your factory, but to make sure you could watch them from your lounge chair in Maui, you hooked your 1990s supervisory control system to the Internet of 2015. Now the whole thing is going haywire. Someone has remotely...

Hacker Cracks Satellite Communications Network

August 6, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A researcher says he can eavesdrop on — and even alter — data flowing through a satellite network operated by Globalstar, which provides communications services and equipment to militaries, oil companies, and many other organizations. “I can say with 100-percent confidence I did inject data back...

Hacker Cracks Satellite Communications Network

August 6, 2015 LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A researcher says he can eavesdrop on — and even alter — data flowing through a satellite network operated by Globalstar, which provides communications services and equipment to militaries, oil companies, and many other organizations. “I can say with 100-percent confidence I did inject data back...