The best of Black Hat: The consequential, the controversial, the canceled

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For two decades, Black Hat has gained a reputation for demonstrations of some of the most cutting-edge research in information security as well as development and industry trends. The event has also had its share of controversy – sometimes enough to cause last-minute cancelations.

Launched in 1997 as a single conference in Las Vegas, Black Hat has gone international with annual events in the U.S., Europe and Asia. This year’s U.S. event – the 20th – at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, begins July 22 with four days of technical training, followed by the two-day main conference.

CSO looks at some of the past Black Hat highlights – and a few that didn’t happen.

“Jackpotting Automated Teller Machines” – Barnaby Jack, 2010

The late white-hat hacker superstar took Black Hat by storm with his demonstration that he could make an ATM spew bills the way Vegas slot machines used to spew quarters, all with a few keystrokes from his laptop. Those in the audience described it as something out of the 1995 cyberpunk movie “Hackers.” It later became a plot line for a 2015 episode of the CBS TV crime drama “CSI: Cyber.”