Badgelife on the DEF CON Forums!
Attention #Badgelife enthusiasts - the #DEFCONForums has a dedicated thread for people who want to talk badges, including #safemode badges. Share, swap, sell, window-shop - join the conversation!
DEF CON Short Story Contest Still Open! Only One Week Left!
Reminder to all the hacker scribes out there - the DEF CON Safe Mode Short Story Contest closes July 1! Don't let procrastination rob you of your chance at glory and fabulous prizes!
Check Out the Con Calendar!
DEF CON Safe Mode Reminder:
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.
Black Lives Matter
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.
- The Dark Tangent
Art courtesy of @spuxo on instagram
DEF CON China 2 is Canceled
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.
New DEF CON is Canceled Swag Up on our eBay Store!
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 Village Activity is Growing!
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 IOT Village: >> https://twitch.tv/iotvillage << Make sure to follow IoT Village on Twitch to get updates about our talks that go live on May 28th and 29th along with the talks that will be hosted there later this year for our @defcon CFP!!!
From Crypto and Privacy Village (@CryptoVillage): We're back! Our Call for Participation is officially open! For details on the Crypto & Privacy Village: Glitched CFP - check out our site!
From ICS Village: Submit your CFP @defcon for the Village!
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
DEF CON eBay Store is Back!
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!
New DEF CON Groups section 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.
Let's get them rocking!
2020 DEF CON CTF Quals Results!
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!/
2020 DEF CON CTF Quals are about to go live!
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.
DEF CON Safe Mode Swag Update - Women's Shirts Added
We’ve updated the DEF CON Safe Mode Swag page with Women’s cut shirts.
We’re gratified by the response from the hacker community and we’re working to create more options for commemorating #defconsafemode. Keep checking our site for updates. Thanks for your patience.
DEF CON 28 has entered Safe Mode.
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.
DEF CON 28 Press Registration is Open!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
DEF CON Book Club!
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
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 CTF Quals Update
Attention hackers! OOO has made the difficult decision to postpone DEF CON CTF Quals to give teams a chance to take care of essentials and family during this phase of the pandemic. The new date will be the weekend of May 16th! Still online.
DEF CON 28 Update
Like everyone, we’re watching the Covid-19 situation intently. @thedarktangent lays out his thoughts RE: DEF CON 28 in a Forum post here:
The #tldr is we’re going forward w/Con prep for now. We’ll update if that changes & revisit the issue June 1.
Stay up to Speed with the DEF CON Calendar!
The DEF CON calendar on the DEF CON Forums is pretty handy. It can be even more handy if you participate - add your Def Con Group’s meeting info, comment on your favorite village’s deadlines. It’s an interactive way to keep up w/the defconiverse.
ATTN: Art Makers of the DEF CON Community!
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 email@example.com.
Info and rules are on the Artwork Contest Page.
We can't wait to see what you create!
DEF CON 28 Call for Everything!
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!
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
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!
DEF CON China 1.0 Videos on YouTube!
We've posted the videos from DEF CON China 1.0 to YouTube and media.defcon.org - please enjoy them and share widely.
DEF CON China 2.0 is happening April 17-19 in the same Beijing location - you can find out about attending and participating on defcon.org.
Call for Demo Labs at DEF CON China 2.0!
Get your Open Source Project out there with DEF CON Demo Labs!
In Demo Labs we give you some time and space to share your open source project with the DEF CON audience. It's a great way to get feedback on your work, find collaborators and get your idea into the hands of the right audience. You can find out the details here:
DEF CON China 2.0 Call for Villages!
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:
DEF CON China 2.0 Call for Contests!
Scavenger Hunt. Wireless CTF. HackFortress. Do you have a fun contest idea that can measure up to some of DEF CON's legendary contests? We want to hear about it. If the idea is promising, we'll pitch in to help you make it happen at DEF CON China 2. Let's do it, people. This is how the legends are made.
The info you need is here: https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-china-2/dc-cn-2-cfce.html
DEF CON 2020 Theme: Discovery!
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!
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: DEF CON China CFP is Open!
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!
DEF CON China 2.0 Call For Trainers!
New for DEF CON China 2.0 - 2-day technical Training Sessions on April 15-16! Call for Trainers is officially open!
Don't miss this opportunity to teach in a new city and expand your social circle. Also, money. Submit your proposal promptly if you want a spot.
DEF CON 27 Red Team and Blue Team Village videos on YouTube!
More videos from the DEF CON 27 Villages - Red Team and Blue Team Villages this time! Keep the Force in balance by watching all of them! As always, enjoy and share widely.
Blue Team Videos
Red Team Videos
DEF CON 27 Transport Hacks videos on YouTube!
Big DEF CON 27 village video rollout today - #transporthax with presentations from @CarHackVillage @AviationVillage and @hack_the_sea village! Set aside some time and get up on all the vehicle hack info. Share widely.
DEF CON China 2.0 Call for Papers!
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 the DEF CON China 2.0 CFP Page. We look forward to seeing what you’re working on.
Recon Village Talks Live on YouTube!
More DEF CON Village talks for your perusal - 17 mind-embiggening presentations from @ReconVillage!
Dig in and spread the word.
DEF CON 28 CTF Quals Information!
The shadowy cabal known as Order of the Overflow has announced the remaining qualifying events for the DEF CON 28 CTF! Winning HITCON, CTFZone, HXPCTF, or PlaidCTF will get you a shot at DEF CON 28 CTF glory! Plan accordingly - assemble your squad, pick your contests and prepare for cybercombat.
Godspeed to all. See you in Vegas!
Social Engineering Village talks from DEF CON 27 on Youtube!
More DEF CON 27 Village talks released - 18 presentations from Social Engineering Village (@sevillage) covering a wide variety of Social Engineering topics. Enjoy, and spread the word!
DEF CON 27 Wireless Village talks are on Youtube!
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!
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 16-19, 2020! We'll be bringing new talks 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!
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!
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...
DEF CON in the news - Election Security Edition!
Voting Village organizer Harri Hursti and Rachel Tobac’s viral video from the DEF CON Voting Village both made it into John Oliver’s discussion of Election Security!
DEF CON 28 CTF Quals!
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.
DEF CON Forums App Upgrades!
The DEF CON Forums upgrades continue - we’ve got version 2.1.1 of the Android and iOS forum apps live in their respective stores - ready to meet all of your posting needs.
We’d appreciate your feedback - you can post your thoughts at https://forum.defcon.org/node/229993?p=230032
DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report!
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!
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
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!
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.
DEF CON China 1.0 Badges Now in our Ebay Store!
#swagalert! If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on the DEF CON China 1.0 badge and lanyard, we have good news! We have a limited number of them available at our eBay store. Don’t delay - offer good while supplies last.
Early Release Video: Brent Stone - Reverse Engineering 17+ Cars in Less than 10 Minutes
To kick off your weekend, here's another DEF CON 27 early release video! It's a quick one - Brent Stone shows you a live demo of reverse engineering a bunch of passenger vehicle CAN networks in under 10 minutes.
The GitHub is here: https://github.com/brent-stone/CAN_Reverse_Engineering.
As always, enjoy and pass it on!
Early Release Video: Phreaking Elevators
Let's ease into the weekend with another early release talk from DEF CON 27. This one is a deep dive into those elevator emergency phones and what kind of phreaking opportunities they provide, courtesy of WillC.
Enjoy, and as always, pass it along.
The Early Releases Keep on Coming!
Another DEF CON 27 early release video! Please enjoy Patrick Wardle's talk on 'Harnessing Weapons of Mac Destruction' - a fascinating walk through the process of subverting and weaponizing existing Mac malware and highlighting both the challenges and benefits of such an approach.
As always, pass it on.
Another DEF CON 27 Early Release: Joe Grand!
Another DEF CON 27 Early Release Video!
Joe Grand shares with you the secrets and mysteries of the DC27 badge. Get up to speed!
DEF CON 27 Early Release Video!
The first video in the early release chute is the Panel Discussion about DEF CON's exploration of the idea of running a SecureDrop. It's entitled "DEF CON wants to help hackers anonymously submit bugs to the government: Let's discuss."
You can join in the long-term conversation about this in the DEF CON Forums:
We're interested in your feedback. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
Book a Room for DEF CON 28!
DEF CON 27 is in the books, but it’s never too early to start planning for DEF CON 28! Well, maybe last week would have been too early. This week, however, is perfect.
The hotel registration link for DEF CON 28 at the Caesars Forum August 6-9, 2020 is open for business. If you want to make sure you get in on that sweet, sweet DEF CON room block action, we’re ready for you.