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2020 DEF CON CTF Quals Results!

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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!/

https://scoreboard.oooverflow.io/#/
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2020 DEF CON CTF Quals are about to go live!

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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.

Godspeed, one and all.

https://www.oooverflow.io/
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DEF CON 28 has entered Safe Mode.

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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.

We will try an experiment this year - an online DEF CON. Please read The Dark Tangent’s more detailed thoughts on the situation and then head over to the Forums to get involved. There is a DEF CON Safe Mode FAQ that should help to answer common questions.

We wish there was better news, but we hackers are a resilient bunch. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch so we can all be together virtually this August 6-9 and again for DEF CON 29 in person.

COVID-19 VS DEF CON Update

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We've got an update from @thedarktangent entitled COVID-19 vs DEF CON v2. Please check it out for our latest thinking on #DEFCON28.

The TL;DR is that we're moving up the timetable - we'll have our announcement no later than May 15.

DEF CON 28 Press Registration is Open!

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Press Registration for DEF CON 28 is OPEN. We’ve posted the relevant information on the press registration page, so head over and get familiar if you want to reserve a spot. If you’ve got a question that’s not answered there, hit us up at press@defcon.org and we’ll get you sorted out. As ever, we have a limited number of press badges, so it’s a good idea not to wait too long. We look forward to hearing from you!

View Kill Chain Documentary for free!

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From today until Memorial Day, you can view the full HBO documentary Kill Chain for free on HBO's YouTube Channel! The topic of this doc is election security and features our very own DEF CON Voting Village! Check it out!

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!