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DEF CON 26 Workshops!

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Another milestone on the Road to DEF CON 26! The workshops page is live on the DEF CON site. Registration is still a ways off - July 8, to be precise, but now is the perfect time to get yourself familiar with the offerings. The spots traditionally fill up pretty quick, so be ready to claim your seat when the light turns green next month, maybe even consider a few backups.

It’s officially summertime in our host hemisphere - the season of DEF CON has begun!

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The Entire lineup of DEF CON 26 Talks is Live!

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DEF CON family, the time of our reunion approaches. In just a few days, summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. The pages of the calendar turn, ever closer to August. Today comes the surest sign - the DEF CON 26 speaker list is live on DEFCON.org.

The wait is over - dig into the list to start your conference planning! We’re proud of the lineup we’ve created this year, and we think whatever your particular itch you’ll find some talks and panels that scratch it for you.

We’d also like to take a moment to thank the undersung heroes of the Selection Committee. They devote crazy amounts of time and energy to working through hundreds and hundreds of proposals to make sure the best ones make it to the top of the pile. They work hard, they make us great and they deserve your appreciation.

It’s almost here, hacker fam. Can you feel it?

DEF CON China Talk Video!

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Please enjoy the video of the Keynote presentation from DEF CON China! It's the redoubtable Dan Kaminsky, and his topic is "Bugs Aren't Random: Unifying Building and Breaking in the Modern Age." Many topics are covered, as viewers of previous Kaminsky talks can attest.

We also offer you the estimable and renowned Vito Genovese from the mighty Legitimate Business Syndicate, discussing the lessons taken from five years running the DEF CON CTF contest.

From the abstract:

"This presentation will cover topics about all aspects of CTF organization: the history of CTF, building a cross-functional organizing team that sticks together year after year, developing a game infrastructure that handles the onslaught of attacks from players, and the stories behind some of the most difficult CTF challenges ever built."

As always, enjoy and share the info. Be sure to join us in Vegas for the brand new CTF run by the scrappy upstarts in The Order of the Overflow.

DEF CON 25 Transparency Report!

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At the closing ceremonies of DEF CON 25 last year we shared the results of our first public transparency report - an account of the incidents we dealt with throughout the con. The report now has a permanent home on the DEF CON website, and we’ll be updating it after every event.

We’re hoping that this kind of reporting catches on. It’s a good way to know where to concentrate our efforts, to attach more public accountability to the DEF CON Code of Conduct and to familiarize our community with how we handle con-goers’ concerns.

So check it out, and check back after DC 26 to see what went down behind the scenes..

PS whoever brought that one ‘vicious animal’ to the party - Hey. Don’t do that. Jebus.

https://www.defcon.org/html/links/dc-transparency.html

DEF CON 26 Link Roundup!

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The Recon Village is hosting a hackathon at DEF CON 26! If you like the idea of working on an OSINT/Recon tool with fun strangers and copious energy drink consumption, get your info/signup on at the link.

Friendly reminder that the Data Duplication Village has a CFP that's open until June 15th. Which is super soon, so if you're looking to speak there we suggest haste and focus.

The Social Engineering Village has its speaker schedule posted already! The season of the Con is most assuredly on. Check out who's gonna be dropping science on the hacking of humans, and make your plans accordingly.

For those of you who like a little 'pew-pew-pew' in your Vegas adventures, good news! The DEF CON shoot returns for DC26 - and registration is open. You can get the rules, schedule and location over at deviating.net.

Stay tuned as DEF CON 26 continues to coalesce.

DEF CON 26 Entertainment Announcement: FrogLeap!

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𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗗𝗘𝗙 𝗖𝗢𝗡 𝟮𝟲 - Our Friday Night Headliner is the Interweb sensation 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐩!

Comin' straight outta Norway, this metal prodigy answers the questions you never had the words to ask – Why didn't Toto record 'Africa' as a tasty metal jam? What if Adele put some high-octane rock and roll into 'Hello'? What happens when we take 'Danger Zone' into the actual 𝘿𝘼𝙉𝙂𝙀𝙍 𝙕𝙊𝙉𝙀?

The answer, as millions of YouTube fans can tell you, is sweet demented joy. It's a glimpse into an alternate universe where shredding is mandatory, and even that song from 'Frozen' is heavy as a brick. If there's even a little headbanger in your soul, you owe yourself some 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐩.

Begin your preparations on the Frog Leap Studios YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/leolego

DEF CON 26 Entertainment Announcement: Juno Reactor!

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DEF CON believes in balance. For all the forebrain overstimulation we provide by day, we provide an antidote at night - a carefully curated beat menu to work out your funky lizard underbrain.

To that end, we are so proud to announce that some of those healing beats will be provided to you by the mighty, mighty Juno Reactor! You know Juno (government name: Ben Watkins) from decades of sonic bad-assert that includes the high-energy proto-trance of his debut ‘Transmissions’, the beat science of 2004’s ‘Labyrinth' and wildly cinematic soundscapes that adorn projects like ‘The Matrix Trilogy’, ‘2017 Gran Tourismo’ and ‘Drive’.

This performance will be hot on the heels of the June release of ‘The Mutant Theater’ - expect serious rhythm and highly interactive stage show that’s been described as ‘Labyrinth meets Barbarella’.

Check out Juno Reactor’s work. Get excited. This is gonna be special.

DEF CON 26 CTF Quals Write Ups!

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Now that the DEF CON 26 CTF Quals are complete, here's a roundup of some of the first challenge write-ups to appear in the wild. Please read them, learn from them, and share them. If you don't participate in the CTF yet, let them inspire you to throw your hat into the ring.

"It's a Me" Challenge:
https://raywang.tech/2018/05/14/DEF-CON-Quals-2018-It-s-a-Me/

iPwn Kit:
https://gist.github.com/ChiChou/e3a50f00853b2fbfb1debad46e501121
https://gist.github.com/saelo/0a85f22c8a02f3a314661edd715900d3

Mario and Racewars:
https://github.com/toomanybananas/ctf_solutions/tree/master/defcon/2018

PoW as a Service:
https://github.com/kpcyrd/defcon26-pow

sbva:
https://github.com/…/20…/DEF_CON_Quals_2018/sbva/sbva_web.md

Signature Dishes:
https://hackmd.io/s/B1An6UL0M

smcauth:
https://blog.vero.site/post/shellql

DEF CON 26 Homework: Critical Thinking Edition!

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More Reading Homework for DEF CON 26!

Another way to keep dystopia at bay: question everything. Widen your information funnel. Examine the framing. Check your sources.

In the spirit of DEF CON 26’s theme “1983: The View from Dystopia’s Edge”, we offer some homework reading with a focus on critical thinking.

First up, the delightful “You are Being Lied To”. It’s compiled by the redoubtable Russ Kick of the legendary first version of disinfo.com, and it’s a sage, provocative collection of bite-size think pieces from all over the cognitive map. The only through line is that many of your assumptions are garbage. Start anywhere, and let it shift your paradigm.

https://archive.org/details/media_You_Are_Being_Lied_To

“The Undercover Economist” is Tim Harford’s wry take on the basics of economic theory, with a special emphasis on the strange and counterintuitive ways the tangled forces of the economy affect your daily reality.

The final assignment for today is Walter Lippmann’s ‘Public Opinion’. Written almost a century ago, “Public Opinion” is an eerily incisive and prescient take on the way your opinions are crafted and slipped into your head while your attention is elsewhere. Less dated than you think, and packed with meaty insights for the ‘post-truth’ era. Prepare to question how (and why) you know everything you think you know.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6456

Happy reading! Stay tuned for more assignments in the coming days.

Roundup of DEF CON Updates!

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Early bird reg for DEF CON China [beta] has now closed. Online reg remains open for those who prefer it, but please be aware that the standard DEF CON method of paying at the door works just fine.

The passing of one major deadline doesn’t mean you have no reason to stay up all night sweating over a presentation idea. Many of the DEF CON 26 open calls closed May 1, but there are still  villages and events still wide  open for submissions. For example:

The brand-new Ethics Village (ethicsvillage.org) is accepting talk submissions until June 22.

Car Hacking Village (carhackingvillage.com) is still open.

Hardware hacking village is looking for talks, art and demos. Check their forum thread for more info.

Crypto and Privacy Village is open until June 15 (Cryptovillage.org)

AI Village CFP closes June 15 (https://goo.gl/forms/g50hhGITiOWEbo002)

Follow @defcon for village announcements as we get them!

Got a clever youngling you’re thinking of bringing along to DEF CON 26? Social Engineering Village has SE Capture the Flag contests for kids and teens - Find all the details at social-engineer.com!

New Soldering Skills Village at DEF CON 26!

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Announcing new for DEF CON 26, the Soldering Skills Village! The SSV will focus purely on soldering and making at DEF CON while the HHV will focus on bringing more hardware hacking resources than ever before!

The change-up is beneficial for everyone, it means both villages can get quiet and well-lit spaces. It also means the two volunteer groups can better support the DEF CON community in their own ways. Both villages will maintain an open share of knowledge and volunteers between them. The SSV and HHV will coexist at DEF CON and provide the most that they can to all DEF CON attendees!

Also: Got something you want to show off, teach, or blab on about? Let us know about it! Shoot an email to [email]l33tbunni@dchhv.org[/email] Now accepting submissions for demos, talks, art, anything hardware you want to show off!

More info at https://www.dchhv.org