DEF CON has been a part of the hacker community for over two decades. Pick up a bit of history and origin by watching DEF CON - The Documentary, and by checking out the About Page. The DEF CON FAQ has the answers to most of the common questions you might have.
Luminous humans of #DEFCON, #SafeMode is now in the books. The time to celebrate the many Contest Winners is at hand. We also celebrate everyone who competed - just the tiniest bit less, to keep everybody motivated. Congratulations to those who found glory. Encouragement and gratitude to those who didn’t this time. The real victory is the friends we made along the way, who were inside our hearts all along.
We want to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered the DEF CON Safe Mode Art Contest. We’re always amazed at the level of talent in this community.
This year’s runner up is a stylish meditation on the profusion of connectivities that characterize modern life by Rita Tu.
Much like Highlanders, however, in the end there can be only one. This year’s highlander is @hannahdiazart. The entry has both wide-eyed discovery (very on theme) and boxes full of random electronics (super relatable). Also a robot dinosaur. It communicates something about the hacker spirit that is both warm and life-affirming.
Congratulations to Hannah and Rita and thanks again to everyone who participated.
To get the party started, we’re releasing a bunch of the content early. Over on the media server, we’ve got all of the main stage talks and materials, the soundtrack, demo labs, art, CTF, music - take what you like. Completists out there, we see you. There’s a very thicc torrent file as well. Take some time to watch the talks you’ve been waiting for at your leisure, so you’re ready for the live Q&A sessions starting Thursday. This will be the first DEF CON where you won’t have to pick between main stage talks and the rest of the show, so take advantage. If you had plans, we apologize.
DEF CON Safe Mode is almost here! We hope you’re as excited as we are. For everyone looking to support DEF CON in this unusually difficult time, we have a new option for you to consider - Human PLUS.
Safe Mode is free to all Humans, but you can upgrade to Human Plus for $20 USD on the DEF CON Discord for a few upgraded privileges. You get stuff like the ability to post pics and links, change your nick, access to Plus only chill out rooms and the good feeling that you’ve helped keep DEF CON alive until we meet again in Vegas. The information is all spelled out on https://defcon.org/html/defcon-safemode/dc-safemode-plus.html.
Your support makes DEF CON possible, and we appreciate all the encouragement and enthusiasm you’ve brought to this first-time online event. Thanks for sticking with us - we can’t wait until we get to do it again in person. DEF CON hearts you.
More DEF CON Safe Mode News - The Villages Page is LIVE! Check out the 30 (!) villages that are taking part and start planning your Con. Links are provided to the appropriate DEF CON forum nodes for each village and the various info you’ll need to participate. We’re almost there, people. #getpsyched!
The ever-popular DEF CON Demo Labs are returning for #defconsafemode! Support open-source hotness and the work of your fellow hackers and maybe even get some inspiration for your own projects. The full list of offerings is live on the DEF CON Demo Labs Page!
Here at the DEF CON Research Institute, we’ve been working hard to unlock the perfect blend of mind-expanding content and sweaty dancefloor abandon that makes the perfect Con experience. You’ll be happy to know that we’re applying that research to the #defconsafemode experiment.
Friday and Saturday night, we’ll be providing tasty beats from the likes of Miss Jackalope, Skittish and Bus and Ninjula. Head over to the Safe Mode Entertainment Page for the complete lineup.
The DEF CON Safe Mode badge is here! This year’s model is created by the inimitable LostboY, veteran DEF CON badge and Mystery Challenge creator. While the physical format may be unfamiliar to the youngest among you, seasoned players will recognize it as a ‘cassette tape’ - an analog recording format consisting of a ribbon of magnetic tape and a plastic housing to keep your dirty fingers away from said tape. More on the DEF CON Safe Mode Badge Page
DEF CON Safe Mode is almost here! If you’re just getting around to checking out the offerings, here’s a little roundup of the stuff you need to know.
Visit the Forums: The planning for the many events of DEF CON Safe Mode is all happening on the DEF CON Forums. Whether you want to register for an event, offer to help out with a village, or just get a start on planning your DC weekend, you can find the relevant thread in the DC28 planning forum.
#Badgelife is still in effect: The DEF CON community creates a lot of really amazing badges, many of which are available for sale and/or trade. You can catch up with the community badges on the DEF CON Forums #badgeleife thread. You can also follow the hashtag #badgelife on Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, DEF CON has a badge this year, too. We’ll be announcing it quite soon. It’s the creation of returning puzzle master LosT (@1o57), so you’ll want to set aside some time to unock its mysteries.
Swag: If you’re wondering how to get your hands on DEF CON Safe Mode swag this year, we’ve got you covered over on the DEF CON eBay store!
So dive in! Get yourself set up on Discord and Twitch, fire up the DEF CON stream on soma fm for some musical inspiration and get your mind right. DEF CON 28 will be upon us before you know it.
We’ve got some brand new #DEFCONSafeMode items available at the DEF CON eBay store - a very cool pin, new flag, and a new tee and hoody with our beloved Jack in #glitchmode. Tighten up your Zoom game with a fresh new look!
We’re keeping a calendar over on the DEF CON Forums with all the deadlines for content. As a bunch of these deadlines are imminent, it’s worth throwing a bookmark down on it. While you’re there you can also get involved in all sorts of planning discussions - your help and feedback are a big part of making this happen. Don’t miss the opportunity to help shape DEF CON Safe Mode.
To DEF CON, Black lives matter. Justice matters. Accountability matters.
Acts performed by those with a badge are performed by the consent of all of us - because the authority of the badge ultimately does not belong to its bearer. The authority of the badge is on loan from us, the people.
There are real inequities in the way the law is applied to Black people in America. These inequities, rooted in the very foundations of the country, are stubborn things. They persist, and we are all accountable for them. With that accountability comes an obligation to make things right, to see justice done wherever it’s been denied, and work for a better tomorrow.
We have donated $5,000 to The Bail Project and $5,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in hopes that our little company can show some solidarity with the movement and help build that better world we all want.
As far as I’m concerned, none of this is political, or even controversial. I’m not interested in debating anyone’s humanity, or anyone’s right to equal treatment under the law. Good faith discussions about the best way to do the right thing, however, are always welcome. Moments where real change is possible are rare. Let’s not waste this one.
We postponed the DEF CON China 2 event, hoping we'd be able to pick another date in 2020. Sadly, even now in mid-June we have too many unresolved concerns to go forward. We're cancelling DEF CON China 2, but we're hopeful we can return to Beijing in 2021. You can read DT's blog post about it in the DEF CON forums.
Swag alert! The DEF CON store has a ton of new #DEFCONisCanceled goodies for your delectation. The much requested mask is here, along with hats, pins and stickers. Thanks to everyone for your support while we construct #defconsafemode - stay tuned for even more new swag items in the coming days! Stay safe, and stay in touch.
DEF CON Safe Mode is growing fast - check out these links to some of the Villages that are signing up to take part! New CFPs are opening up by the day. But don't stop there - jump into the forums and join the discussion. Your feedback is a crucial part of creating a great Con, so join us as we build this thing out. Exciting, ain't it?
From the Voting Village: Reminder: @defcon Voting Machine Hacking Village @VotingVillageDC speaker track CFP is OPEN!
Call for Papers deadline June 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM PT
More information : https://forum.defcon.org/node/232527#post232527
The DEF CON eBay store is back online! Thanks for bearing with us while we got everything sorted out. DEF CON Safe Mode merchandise (and all other DC merch, for that matter) will be available only on the DEF CON eBay store.
Stay tuned for new #defconiscanceled items, stay safe, and stay in touch with us on the DEF CON FORUMS!
Over on the #defconforums we're building a whole new section for #defcongroups with mini forums for each #DCG! Share pictures, meeting info, project ideas, collaborate with other groups - make it yours.
Congratulations to A*O*E, the winners of the DEF CON Safe Mode CTF Qualifiers, and our heartfelt thanks to the amazing team at Order of the Overflow for hosting a great event.
This year's @defcon Quals are over, but you don't have to stop yet! The scoreboard has been made static and the challenges are still available! Everyone can see challenge info, interact with the challenges (they'll stay up for a few days) and check the flags they can retrieve!/
The moment has arrived - the DEF CON CTF Quals are happening TODAY! Winner gets a seat at the DEF CON Safe Mode CTF event and a shot at everlasting glory. We wish the best of luck to all the contestants. Stay up to date with all the CTF updates by following our brilliant hosts, Order of the Overflow.
The ‘DEF CON is canceled’ meme has crossed over into real life, courtesy of COVID-19. In early March we had hopes that things would be stable by August. That is no longer realistic. Currently there’s no way to gather everyone together and keep them safe, so The Dark Tangent has decided to cancel the in-person event.