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DEF CON China 2.0 Call for Papers!

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More DEF CON China 2 news - the Call For Papers is officially open! If you’ve got something amazing to present in Beijing this April, we’re ready to hear from you.  You’ve got until  February 3, 2020 to get your proposal in to us, but sooner is better.

If you’ve got a presentation that’s worthy but needs some attention to make it across the finish line, our amazing CFP Review Board can help. Time permitting, of course.  Drop it on us five minutes before the deadline and this kind of personal attention becomes ... unlikely, so don’t let procrastination hijack your opportunity.

For speakers coming from outside of China, we provide hotel accommodations and we can offer up to $US900 toward airfare.  You can learn all the details your heart desires at https://defcon.org/html/defcon-china-2/dc-cn-2-cfp.html. We look forward to seeing what you’re working on.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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DEF CON 27 Wireless Village talks are on Youtube!

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The presentations from DEF CON 27's many Villages are coming online! First out of the chute is Wireless Village. We've got 15 talks, ranging from a deep dive into WiFi 6 to reverse engineering a wireless model railroad. If wireless is your jam, get into a cozy spot and treat yourself. As always, share with those you think could benefit. More villages on the way.

DEF CON China returns!

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Some more good news for your weekend - DEF CON CHINA 2 has official dates! We'll be back in Beijing's 751 D Park Art District April 15-19, 2020! We'll be bringing new talks, trainings, and more hands-on Village experiences, and we hope we'll see you there. This will be our third event in China, and we've got big plans to make it the best yet.

If you're interested in participating at DC China 2, make sure to keep an eye on our website and social media. We'll be announcing the Calls for Content soon and we can't wait to see what you've got to share.

Join us, and spread the word.

Video from DEF CON 27 Main Tracks is Now on YouTube!

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As part of our ongoing Hackucation As A Service (HaaS) initiative, we're rolling out hundreds of hours of compelling content from DEF CON 27 on our YouTube channel. Today's installment - all the presentations from the DEF CON 27 main tracks. The Village videos will follow over the next week or so. Enjoy responsibly* and please pass on the info to all those you think might benefit. Sharing is caring.

Many thanks to all of the presenters who shared their knowledge with us at DEF CON 27, and all of the attendees who power DEF CON's efforts to hackucate the world. We can't wait to join you again at DEF CON 28.

*Binging best practices include choosing a comfortable spot with access to power and bandwidth, frequent stretching and crucially, hydration. Headphones are optional but recommended in cases where you might be observed by fellow commuters or supervisors.

SECTF Report from DEF CON 27!

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From the news release on social-engineer.org:

It is that time of year again—we finally recovered from DEF CON (yes it takes months), and we analyzed all the data, crunched all the numbers, and produced yet another report for your reading enjoyment. Read on...

Happy Halloween!

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DEF CON 28 CTF Quals!

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Attention hackers! Aside from the prequal events, you will all have a chance to qualify for DEF CON 28 CTF through the DEF CON CTF Qualifying event!

#DC28Quals will be held March 27! Start practicing now!

Stay up to date with all the CTF updates by following our brilliant hosts, Order of the Overflow.

https://www.oooverflow.io/
@oooverflow

DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report!

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The DEF CON Voting Village has released its findings from DEF CON 27!

This is the third year we've hosted the Voting Village, and this year we were able to give attendees access to over 100 machines, all of which are currently certified for use in at least one US jurisdiction. The units tested included direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines, electronic poll books, Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs), Optical scanners and Hybrid systems.

The hackers at DEF CON once again compromised every single machine over the 2.5 day event, many of them with trivial attacks that require no sophistication or special knowledge on the part of the attacker. In too many cases physical ports remain unprotected, passwords remain unset or left in default configurations and security features of the underlying commercial hardware are left unused or even disabled.

In addition to showing the security weaknesses found in the wide variety of election tech on display, the Voting Village team's report shares its strong recommendations for improving election security, most notably the urgent need for paper ballots and rigorous post-election audits.

For any of those recommendations to become real, voters need to get informed and get the attention of their elected representatives about these issues.

You can also share your thoughts and get involved in the ongoing Voting Village conversation on the Def Con Forums. We're very interested in what you have to contribute.

DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report is Out Tomorrow!

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The DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report is going to be released tomorrow! Congresspeople Rep. Jackie Speier and Senator Ron Wyden will be on hand for the discussion of all the new things we learned about election security this summer.

The event will be held in Washington DC at the US Capitol Visitor Center - Congressional Auditorium and Atrium at 2pm on September 26.

Of course, we'll be sharing the report when it's available as well, so stay tuned.

DEF CON in the news, Aviation Village Edition

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From the article " Aviation security is taking off—and taking after car security" on the Parallax:

“The hackers, security researchers, government organizations, and private airlines involved in the aviation-hacking exhibition of the world’s largest hacking confab, held here in August, all say the chances of your next commercial flight getting hacked are extremely small. But the scenario is also the inspiration for DefCon’s “Aviation Village”: They want to keep it that way.”

Early Release Video: CDC Panel!

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Some more early release video from DEF CON 27 to brighten your day - please enjoy the Cult of the Dead Cow panel. If you are familiar with cDc, you know why this is so cool. If you are unfamiliar, it's time to get familiar.

Soak in some True School vibes, learn some lore and pass it on.

We <3 You!

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The DEF CON community never ceases to amaze. Thanks for bringing your endless compassion, curiosity and enthusiasm to our little party and making it amazing. DEF CON <3 you and we're already looking forward to doing this again.

Press Roundup from DEF CON 27!

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We’re in the final day of DEF CON 27, and it’s been pretty eventful. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the press coverage from this year’s con. Watch this space for a more complete list once we wrap.

NPR: Election Security Tested at DEF CON

Forbes: Warning as Macs Remotely Hacked by Malicious iPhone Cable On Sale for $200

Cnet: At DEF CON, Teaching Disinformation is Child’s Play

Threatpost: DEF CON 2019: Researchers Demo Hacking Google Home for RCE

The Parallax: A Hacker’s Fall Fashion Line Features Faux License Plates. Here’s Why

TechCrunch: 2020 and the Black-Box Ballot Box

Wired: Hackers Take on DARPA’s $10 Million Voting Machine