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Submit art for DEF CON 28!

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Reminder: DEF CON's art contest is back! Deadline June 15.

Also, we want to partner with a few artists from the DEF CON community for some themed art for DC28. If #discovery and DEF CON inspire you, get at us at pictures@defcon.org

DEF CON Book Club!

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Books. We love ‘em. And right now, we have a major reading opportunity happening for all of us, at the same time. What better way to make use of this moment than to read something together?

Enter the #defconbookclub! Starting In April, we’re inviting you to join us - we’ll all read a book together and discuss it in its own Forum thread. Nikita has set up all the relevant info here: https://forum.defcon.org/node/231147

The first task is picking the book, and we’re asking for nominations. Let’s keep it Non-technical, thematically connected to ‘Discovery’ and reasonably easy to locate. Suggestions can go in the info thread.

We’re excited about this. Let’s make the most of this downtime together.

DEF CON 28 Call for Training

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Calling all teachers of the hacking arts! We’re looking to turn the Monday after DEF CON 28 into a full day of trainings! We’re calling for all-day (8 hours with breaks) sessions on meaty technical topics.

If this sounds like your jam, check out the requirements and compensation info at https://defcon.org/html/defcon-28/dc-28-cft.html.

If you want to keep an eye on this new project as it develops, check in with the trainings thread on the DEF CON Forums. This is new territory for us - help us make it happen!

DEF CON 28 Update

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Like everyone, we’re watching the Covid-19 situation intently. @thedarktangent lays out his thoughts RE: DEF CON 28 in a Forum post here:

forum.defcon.org/node/231015

The #tldr is we’re going forward w/Con prep for now. We’ll update if that changes & revisit the issue June 1.

ATTN: Art Makers of the DEF CON Community!

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We’re bringing back the Art Contest for DEF CON with a few fun twists. If you want in, sharpen up your crayons - the deadline is June 15, 2020, and it will be upon us faster than you think.

Submissions should be mailed to pictures@defcon.org.

Info and rules are on the Artwork Contest Page.

We can't wait to see what you create!

DEF CON 28 Call for Papers!

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The DEF CON 28 CFP is LIVE! The time has come to whip that idea into submission-ready shape - you have until May 1 and we can offer a lot more help if you don’t wait til the last minute. Let's light this candle!

DEF CON 28 Call for Everything!

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The time has come, everyone! The DEF CON 28 Call for EVERYTHING is LIVE! We're throwing open the door on a ton of different opportunities to participate in the CON.

If you're looking to get involved, this is your moment to shine. We're looking for new contests and events, Workshops, Villages, Parties, Demo Labs and even Musical Performers. Every DEF CON, hundreds of amazing hackers contact us with ideas to take DC to the next level. You can be one of those amazing humans - just look through the cornucopia of options on the CFE page, read the rules, and get in where you fit in!

There's no better way to get involved than rolling up your sleeves and making something to share. If your idea looks like a good fit, we'll get you the resources to realize your vision.

Discover what you have to share. Discover what it feels like when you share it. Let's make this DEF CON unforgettable.

DEF CON 28 Call for Music and Call for Soundtrack are Open!

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Call for Music:
The DEF CON 28 preparations are in full swing, and it’s time to put out the call for music! We have a lot of spaces to fill with groovy sounds, and we want your help. DJs, shredders, yodelers - if you have what it takes to move the DEF CON crowd, read the rules, fill out the application and show us what you’ve got.

Call for Soundtrack Entries:
DEF CON has a soundtrack. Not just the one playing in your head as you navigate the venue in search of more things to hack, either. DEF CON has a real-deal soundtrack full of hot tracks donated by super-cool artists like Information Society, BT, MC Frontalot - and maybe YOU.

You know you want to have a track of yours handed out to the DEF CON 28 attendees. Fill out the form and apply - immortality awaits.

Important Announcement regarding DEF CON China 2.0

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In light of global precautions being announced to combat the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve decided to postpone DEF CON China 2.0. We regret inconveniencing any of you. Know that we are committed to holding the event once it’s safe to do so.

If you want a refund on purchased tickets, please submit a refund request to your ticket broker. If you'd rather that we hold your reservation for our new dates, you don't have to do anything and we'll keep your tickets on file.

The situation is still developing. We’re working to find alternative dates for DEF CON China 2.0. Keep in touch with us on social media and defcon.org. We’ll share our plans as soon as we’re able.

Our hearts go out to our many friends in the affected regions. We encourage everyone to stay safe, and we look forward to reuniting when this is behind us.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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DEF CON China 2.0 Call for Villages!

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Villages are a signature part of the DEF CON experience. All-day, hands-on hacker spaces where you can learn something new, level up your skills and interact with friendly experts and fellow enthusiasts. We're always looking for new village ideas - if you've got one for #defconchina2, we want to hear from you! The best way to get involved in the DEF CON experience is to roll up your sleeves and start sharing what you know. Read about the Village requirements here:

https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-china-2/dc-cn-2-cfv.html

DEF CON 2020 Theme: Discovery!

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The concept is simple, but for us it drives everything.

Learning how something works, how it doesn't, or how you can make it do something amazing and off-label for the very first time.

Meeting people who know what you're talking about, or people who know that one thing you're trying to learn.

The skill you never expected to develop, the contest a near-stranger talked you into, the group of friends you didn't know you'd meet.

All the best and most exciting parts of DEF CON are the moments of discovery. So that's our theme.

To translate that feeling into the physical space of DEF CON 2020, we offer these bits of inspiration.

The color palette is derived from internet publications of the early 1990s. It was the breakthrough moment of The Web. As people raced to define the new frontier, magazines like Mondo2000 and Wired tried to convey the excitement with loud colors and edgy layouts.

The style we took from 90s 'zine culture - an amazing, boundlessly creative and wildly unprofessional DIY movement that, just like the internet, invited everyone to stop consuming culture and start creating and sharing it. Ideas over production value, attitude over polish, getting your ideas out over getting them perfect.

We hope you'll take that anarchic DIY spirit with you when you're working on whatever you're bringing to DEF CON. We can't wait to discover what you create.

DEF CON China 2.0 Tickets On Sale Now!

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DEF CON China 2.0 tickets are on sale now! We're returning to 751 D Park in Beijing April 17-19. We will be bringing our famous mix of world-class speakers, hands on learning and exciting contests and entertainment. We'd love to see you there!

Tickets are priced as follows:

Student Rate (with valid undergraduate or lower student ID) $US82 / ¥488
Early Bird Rate (purchased by 29 February) $US115 / ¥688
Regular Rate (1 March Through April 15) $US180 / ¥1088

There are several ways to get your tickets:

Cash at the door - DEF CON accepts local currency at the venue - the price is ¥1088 (regular rate).

For everyone who wants to purchase tickets prior to the event, we can offer several payment options through 4Hou's billing portal.

Pay Pal - guests with a PayPal account can use it to make a payment in US dollars:

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Buy with Paypal (en)


WePay and Ali Pay - guests with WePay and AliPay can use those accounts to pay through the Chinese-language section of the 4hou portal:

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Buy with Ali Pay/ WePay (cn)


Invoices - business entities wishing to pay via invoice or seeking a bulk ticket discount can contact 4hou directly by calling the Helpline at +8610-64780062 or email shankala@4hou.com.

Reminder: DEF CON China CFP is Open!

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Another reminder: DEF CON China 2.0 has an open CFP! We’re looking for presenters with exciting ideas to share in Beijing April 17-19 2020. If that’s you, get cracking! The sooner we hear from you the better your chances. Check out the submission information on the DEF CON website and get at us. Act now - CFP Reviewers are standing by!

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

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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 DEF CON’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