Once a year at one of the biggest hacker conferences anywhere, attendees to the Black Hat 2019 conference take what they’ve learned in classes and in sessions and test malware and intrusion techniques on this temporary network that’s pretty much designed to be abused.

The Black Hat Network Operations Center or NOC is a fertile playground for hackers. I got a chance to talk with one of the NOC leads, Bart Stump, about the purpose of the network and any unusual behavior they saw this year as compared to previous years.

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