Black Hat 2017: Hackers using free apps to hack your phone

Thousands of cyber security experts came to the Black Hat convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center this week.

“This is a high threat environment, turn off your wifi and perhaps be more protective than you would be,” one of them, John Dickson of Denim Group said.

Black Hat brings together cyber security experts and hackers to talk about threats businesses and people around the world. Dickson’s job is to protect phones and computers from those threats.

“It really is a cat and mouse game,” he said. “We try to identify those holes are weak spots before the bad guys do.”

Dickson said those ‘bad guys’ are eyeing smart phone apps to compromise personal information.

About Denim Group

Denim Group is the leading secure software development firm, serving as a trusted advisor to customers on matters of software risk and security. The company builds software for the most security conscious while helping organizations assess and mitigate risk within their existing software. Denim Group's flagship ThreadFix product accelerates the process of software vulnerability remediation, reflecting the company's rich understanding of what it takes to fix application vulnerabilities faster. Denim Group has emerged as a strong contributor to the larger application security community and has actively participated in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) since shortly after its inception.

Among many other awards, Denim Group has landed on the "Inc. 5000" list - which recognizes the country's 5000 fastest-growing private companies - for five years in a row. In addition, the San Antonio Business Journal named Denim Group as one of the "Best Places to Work" in the city.

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