The Black Hat USA and DefCon 24 conferences from Aug. 2 to 7 provided a wealth of insight and new research on security topics large and small.

The Black Hat keynote session was delivered by security luminary Dan Kaminsky, who warned attendees that unless action is taken, the modern internet could be transformed into a more closed network with less freedom.

Car hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek returned to Black Hat for the third year in a row to expose flaws in modern vehicle systems. Returning to the Black Hat stage for the first time since 2012, Apple announced a new bug bounty program for iOS.

Another insightful Black Hat talk this year came from Elie Bursztein, anti-fraud and abuse research team lead at Google, who detailed his research into how many people would pick up random, unknown USB keys and then stick them in their PCs.

At DefCon, Terrell McSweeny, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), made a plea for hackers to work with her on research to help improve consumer privacy and data protection. Here’s a look at highlights of this year’s Black Hat USA and DefCon conferences.

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