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Tevora’s Truman Kain presents Surveillance Detection Scout – Your Lookout on Autopilot at Def Con 27

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August 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

DEF CON 27 is the world’s longest-running and largest underground hacking conference. This year, hackers, corporate IT professionals and three-letter government agencies from all around will gather at Flamingo, Paris, Bally’s and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas to absorb cutting edge hacking research from the most brilliant minds in the world and test their skills in contests of hacking might. This year’s theme is “Technology’s Promise,” which plays on the idea that technology is meant to support and inspire instead of control and surveil.

It is at DEF CON 27 that Truman Kain will present “Surveillance Detection Scout – Your Lookout on Autopilot,” a surveillance and counter-surveillance framework which he has created. Currently supporting Tesla models S, 3 and X, Scout eases the mentally taxing burden of surveillance detection routes by running license plate recognition on 3 camera feeds in real-time, and alerting you if a following vehicle has been detected. Once parked, Surveillance Detection Scout implements familiar face detection to alert you if anyone has repeatedly been seen near your vehicle. Scout is a natural fit for reconnaissance activities as well, with search functions that allow a user to quickly determine patterns of life on targets observed over time. All of this is achieved with only the existing Tesla dash cam footage as input.

This is not the first framework which Truman Kain has created to make creative use of publicly available information. Last year, Truman created Dragnet, a social engineering toolset which applies AI to open-source information discovered on targets to conduct spear-phishing at scale. Both of these frameworks highlight the importance of privacy awareness in an increasingly digital age.

Location: Track 3 Paris 

About Truman Kain

Truman Kain is a Sr. Information Security Analyst at Tevora, where he specializes in Social Engineering penetration tests. Truman has a background in design, marketing, and mobile development, which he utilized to develop Dragnet, an intuitive phishing framework released at DEF CON last year. This year, he has combined his knowledge of machine learning and design experience to create Surveillance Detection Scout.


August 9, 2019
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Track 3 Paris Las Vegas