Almost all of the complex exploits that make news at the Defcon hacker conference are scary. But the network vulnerability that Anton Kapela and Alex Pilosov will present is frighteningly simple.
Sunday at the Defcon hacker conference, Kapela and Pilosov are presenting a new technique that allows hackers to remotely reroute Internet traffic without the target's knowledge.
The tactic uses an exploit in the Internet's routing protocols to fool users into visiting their machine. To prove the feasibility of the technique, Kapela and Pilosov, both owners of small networking companies, collaborated with conference organizers to reroute all of Defcon's Los Vegas Internet traffic through Pilosov's company servers in New York.