In our latest podcast, Paul caught up with Sick Codes (@sickcodes) to talk about his now-legendary presentation at the DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas, in which he demonstrated a hack that ran the Doom first person shooter on a John Deere 4240 touch-screen monitor.
Software security often operates in a zone that is well removed from the understanding and awareness of the general public. DEF CON, the annual DEF CON hacking conference, makes a point to bridge that divide in awareness and understanding. The show, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, is renowned for dramatic demonstrations of software security weaknesses designed to grab the public’s attention: from the late, great Barnaby Jack demonstrating flaws in automated tellers by forcing one to spit out a steam of bills on stage, to Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek’s demonstration video of a Jeep Cherokee being driven off the road via remote software attack.
Paul with Sick Codes following his presentation at DEF CON 30
That proud tradition continued at this year’s event, though the demonstration that got all the attention was bit more on the surreal side: a John Deere branded touch screen monitor playing a custom, farm-themed version of the classic Doom first person shooter game.