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DEF CON Forums For Contest & Event News.
Wondering what's to do at DEF CON 21? Check out the DEF CON Forums [Official / Unofficial] [Parties / Social Gatherings / Events / Contests] Forum, where there is quite a lot going on of late!
For example, You may learn that the DEF CON Short Story contest has just under two weeks left to submit. Project 2 has posted some things you need to know about the contest. Details on the DEF CON Cycle_OverRide have recently been posted. You could browse the latest news on the Unofficial DEF CON Shoot.
And hey, if you have something in mind that might be cool at DEF CON 21, discuss them with your peers in the New Ideas section to see if they might get traction!
It's all happening now, so give it a look!
DEF CON 21 Speaker Page Live!
Rejoice! The DEF CON 21 Speaker Page is now live, and you can peruse the first round of poppin fresh talks, listed below! Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and RSS Feed for all the latest updates!
MITM All The IPv6 Things
Scott Behrens & Brent Bandelgar
Evil DoS Attacks and Strong Defenses
Sam Bowne & Matthew Prince
Home Invasion 2.0 - Attacking Network-Controlled Consumer Devices
Daniel "unicornFurnace" Crowley & Jennifer "savagejen" Savage
I Can Hear You Now: Traffic Interception and Remote Mobile Phone Cloning with a Compromised CDMA Femtocell
Doug DePerry & Tom Ritter
JTAGulator: Assisted Discovery Of On-Chip Debug Interfaces
Joe Grand aka Kingpin
The Dirty South – Getting Justified with Technology
David Kennedy & Nick Hitchcock (nick8ch)
PowerPreter: Post Exploitation Like a Boss
The Road Less Surreptitiously Traveled
Stalking a City for Fun and Frivolity
Bruce Schneier Answers Your Questions
Hacking Wireless Networks of the Future: Security in Cognitive Radio Networks
Predicting Susceptibility to Socialbots on Twitter
Chris Sumner & Randall Wald
DEF CON 21 Call for Parties Updated with FAQ!
If you're thinking about throwing a DEF CON 21 party in our pub crawl, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions to clarify what's what in running one! You can also find the submission form if your ready to take the plunge! There's plenty of room left for your group to make their mark on DEF CON 21, so get those submissions in and make our party row a reality!
DC21 CTF Quals Registration is Now Open!
In case you haven't heard, as of May 1 you can now register for the DEF CON 21 Capture the Flag qualification round! Get that team together and pop on over to https://legitbs.net/ for all the details and to sign up! The Quals will happen June 15, 2013!
The DEF CON 21 Short Story Contest is Underway!
The DEF CON 21 Short Story Contest has officially opened! Excercise your wordsmithing talents for the chance to win free admission to DEF CON 21! All of the pertinent details can be found at https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13334! Good luck!
The DEF CON 21 Website is Now Live!
The DEF CON 21 site is up and running! Check it out for all the latest info on this year's con. Keep checking back for news and developments for DEF CON 21 as they occur! You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed!
DEF CON 21 Call for DJs/Performers is about to close!
If you have long dreamed of the glory of performing live at DEF CON, there's only a few days left in the DEF CON 21 Call for Music/Performers! Check out https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13225 if you are interested, and get your self applied by April 30!
DEF CON 21 Awards nominations!
Weigh in your picks for the 2013 DEF CON Awards! We are currently accepting nominations for the following categories:
1. Worst coverage of security/hacker related issues by a media person or media outlet (Any Media).
2. Best coverage of security/hacker related issues by a media person or media outlet (Any Media).
3. Best privacy enhancing technology for the last 12 months (Since DEF CON 20).
4. Worst privacy enhancing technology for the last 12 months (Since DEF CON 20).
5. Best security or hacker related Twitter feed.
6. The "Nit-Twit" award for the worst security or hacker related Twitter feed.
7. Best project by an approved DEF CON Group. Include a link to project information.
8. Worst / Most Meaningless security or hacker related buzzword for the last 12 months (Since DEF CON 20).
9. Biggest law enforcement of legal system blunder, related to computer security/hackers. (Since DEF CON 20).
10. The "Security Charlatan of the Year" award.
Nominations must be submitted no later than midnight, Las Vegas time, on June 31st, 2013, to be considered for inclusion. Thanks!
DEF CON 21 Contest & Event Sign-up is Live!
If you'd like to run a new or returning contest or event at DEF CON 21, you can now submit your info at http://defcne.net/ to be considered! Bring your innovative hacker spirit to the table and sign up today!
DEF CON 21 Vendor FAQ is Live!
Are you a past DEF CON vendor or interested in peddling your wares at DEF CON 21? The Vendor Area FAQ and Application are now live! Check it out at https://defcon.hackingyour.net/faq!
DEF CON 21 Pin Giveaway!
Kallahar, a long time DEF CON Goon, has started a project this year to manufacture and give away a free DEF CON 21 pin. Their goal is to raise enough donations to give everyone one for free. Read more about it and see how you can help here: https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13309
CODAME at DEF CON 21!
We're excited to have CODAME this year at DEF CON 21! If you're not familar, here's what they're all about (from codame.com):
Non-profit Festivals & Events covering tech challenges with emphasis on artistic expression and creativity.
Bringing together independent artists, coders, game developers, creators, performers and musicians celebrating Art and Technology.
CODAME exists to incubate and support artists, technologists and designers that push the boundaries of hardware, software, and physical/digital mediums. At the intersection of ART+TECH, CODAME is accelerating the way we interpret and express our rapidly changing world.
They are having a call for artists for this event! Check it out at: http://codame.com/post/46882234348/can-hackers-be-heroes-excited-to-be-bring-codame
No April Fools here! Don't be a Fool and miss the Call for Papers! You only have until May 20th to submit! Check it out here: https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-21/dc-21-cfp.html
DEF CON 21 CTF Quals Announced!
The DEF CON 21 CTF Quals and schedule have been announced! Check out https://legitbs.net/ for all the details!
DEF CON 21 Call for Parties!
We're trying something new we think you'll like for DEF CON 21. Read all about how to throw your own DEF CON party at the Call for Parties announcement!
DEF CON Video Deals at Source of Knowledge!
Source of Knowledge has some specials on DEF CON 20 Videos and an early bird special for the DEF CON 21 talks! you can check them out at http://tsok.net/defcon21/index.html. Offers good through June 30.
Call for CTF Organizers Now Complete!
On behalf of all the hundreds of staff, volunteers, and community that make
DEF CON happen I would like to thank all of the teams, groups, and companies
that submitted their vision of how they would run Capture the Flag at DEF
CON 21 and beyond.
It was very hard to for us at DEF CON World Domination HQ to decide on which vision, and ultimately which team, would have the responsibility of seeing the great CTF tradition into the future. With a record number of five well thought out submissions there were many things that went into our final decision from size of team, resources needed, and the look and feel of the contest. Ultimately the following factors weighed heavily:
- Past experience running or participating in high pressure and large scale CTFs
- Past experience of organizers in being respected by the community and having skillz
- A clearly articulated vision for how CTF would evolve under their direction
- A focus on gameplay and describing the scoring system with an eye toward observer education
- Increased transparency
Thank you again to the five teams that did not get selected, we wish you the best of luck and success in your future contests.
And now without any further ado we would like to announce the new organizers!
Legitimate Business Syndicate http://legitbs.net/
Here's Your Big Shot!
Many often ask how they can be involved in DEF CON. After all, The thing that makes DEF CON great is the contribution of the community. If you're so inclined, here are a few ways you can get involved with DEF CON 21!
HHV Call for Volunteers https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13228
DEF CON Call for Music https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13225
DC101 wildcard speaking slot https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13230
A ton of opportunies just like these will be popping up over the next weeks and months, and a great place to keep watch for them is the DEF CON Forums. Keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for a way to help out!
The DEF CON 21 Call for Papers is Open!
The time has arrived, friends. The DEF CON 21 Call for Papers is officially open! Get yourselves over to https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-21/dc-21-cfp.html for the official announcement, and if you choose to submit, good luck!
New DEF CON Badge page!
We have a new page up for you DEF CON badge tinkerers out there, The DEF CON Badge page! It has links to some of the mods people have done, badge firmware, the puzzle game walkthroughs, and threads from the Parallax Forums dealing with getting started.
It also has a handy link to HackerStickers.com, where you can purchase more badges to control and power your diabolical plots, gear up a workshop at your local DEF CON Group or Hackerspace, or just pick one up for posterity!
For now it has the DEF CON 20 badge, but we are hunting down resources for the past badges as well, so keep your eyes on it for updates! Happy badge hacking!
Want to Help?
Do you want to help at DEF CON? Do you want to see other people have a good time and learn the ropes, willing to run around the convention like a gopher? You gotta start somewhere, consider applying with Highwiz for a position helping out with DC 101. https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13193
The DEF CON FAQ has been updated!
Check out https://www.defcon.org/html/links/dc-faq/dc-faq.html
This year DEF CON 21 will be $180, instead of $200 like last year, sticking to what Dark Tangent said about the price increase for 20 being temporary.
The CFP will be opening at the end of the month so start planning your research!
Run the DEF CON CTF!
Calling all hacker groups! Only one month left to put in your applications to be the next DEF CON Capture the Flag Organizers! Do you want the fortune, glory, and challenge of running the DEF CON CTF competition? Check out the call at https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13160!
Reserve a Room for DEF CON 21!
Just for you early planners, the DEF CON 21 room reservation link is now live! The current rates start at $104 Sun-Thurs and $118 Fri-Sat. You can also call 1-888-746-6955 and reference group# SRDEF13. Get that room squared away, space is not unlimited!
A Call from DC4420
A message from our friends at dc4420.org, Subject: DC4420 - 2013 CFP
Hey! I know it's a bit late, but Happy New Year!
I've posted the dates for 2013 meetings on dc4420.org but you'll notice there is very little else! That's because we still need talks!
For those that are yet to join us for our monthly gathering, the format is we meet in a private room in a pub, we have a 1 hour talk and a 20 minute talk on *any subject*, but hopefully something that is interesting to the 'hacker' community.... in the past we've had everything from reverse engineering Windows DEP to building your own Thermic Lance, so when I say any subject, I really do mean any subject that is either interesting or amusing or preferably both...
You will be speaking to a small crowd (normally between 60 and 100), so if you want to practice a talk that you're thinking of submitting to a 'real' conference, or you've already given it somewhere that a small section of London is unlikely to have attended, or you have an idea that you can cover in just 20 minutes and never really though of turning it into a talk, or you've never done any public speaking before then this is the place... you will be most welcome and someone may even buy you a nice warm beer!
We have the one-hour slot filled for January, but all others are currently open so don't be shy - send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org...
All other details are here: http://dc4420.org/
I hope to see you there!
DEF CON Groups on Facebook
Interested in the DEF CON Groups? Blakdayz has fired back up the DEF CON Groups Facebook page, and it's a great place for updates and announcements on what is going on with the DCG scene in general.
Also recently updated are the General FAQ and the POC FAQ as well as the Domestic DCG listing. International groups should be updated soon!
So have a look, and learn about DEF CON Groups in your area!
Discussions like this are what makes the DEF CON community great, and often lead to kind of innovative solutions you can only get from our attendees! Any ideas?
From Deviant Ollam on the DEF CON Forums:
...I know for a fact that I'm not the only hacker with deaf friends, family, loved ones, etc. How many of you have deaf or hard-of-hearing people in your lives who might want to experience DEF CON?
What I am proposing in this thread is not a segregated or special area of any kind, a la DEF CON Kids, but simply I'm sort of putting out the call that "if you know deaf people who have thought about coming to DEF CON before, let's all try to make 2013 the year that they DO come for sure!"
Read on at: https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=13183
DEF CON Documentary Sneak Peek!
This is a look at what's to come when DT releases the full documentary in a couple months. This should get you excited for what's to come!
Check out https://media.defcon.org/
The links for downloading the 20 minute preview in 720p and 1080p with both bittorrent and eMule are right at the top under the hacker documentary section.
As usual please keep seeding the files to help out your fellow hackers!