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DEFCON is the world's largest annual hacker convention, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first DEFCON took place in June 1993. DEF CON is renowned for the "arcane arts" of drinking, socializing, debugging, and crowd control. DEFCON is what you make of it, so get involved and help the community grow. This Feed will keep you up to date with some announcements surrounding pre and post con events, references to DEFCON in the news, and other errata. For the most up to date information visit or subscribe to the rss feeds on the forums (https://forum.defcon.org/) See https://www.defcon.org/ for more details, discussion forums, past speeches, and planning for the next year.
  1. DEF CON 26 booby trapping boxes talk image

    More video from DEF CON 26! 'Booby Trapping Boxes' by Ladar Levison and hon1nbo is a practical talk about high impact, low cost hardening for a chronically insecure world. From the abstract:

    "Whether your running servers as a high value target, or simply want to protect your Monero private key, this talk will show you to achieve FIPS 140-2 level 4 security, without the FIPS 140-2 level 4 price tag. Specifically, we'll cover acquisition considerations, physical hardening, firmware mitigation, tamper detection and more."

    Enjoy, and pass it on.

  2. DEF CON 26 fake science factory talk image

    More DEF CON 26 video for your perusal: @5uggy, Till Krause and @sveckert deliver a timely and important breakdown of the fake science industrial complex. From the abstract:

    "This talk presents the findings and methodology from a team of investigative journalists, hackers and data scientists who delved into the parallel universe of fraudulent pseudo-academic conferences and journals; Fake science factories, twilight companies whose sole purpose is to give studies an air of scientific credibility while cashing in on millions of dollars in the process. Until recently, these fake science factories have remained relatively under the radar, with few outside of academia aware of their presence; but the highly profitable industry is growing significantly and with it, so are the implications. To the public, fake science is indistinguishable from legitimate science, which is facing similar accusations itself. Our findings highlight the prevalence of the pseudo-academic conferences, journals and publications and the damage they can and are doing to society."

    Enjoy, and pass it along.

  3. DEF CON 26 Fax Talk video image

    More video from DEF CON 26! This time it's the ancient, humble fax machine's turn in the security barrel.

    From the abstract:

    "What the Fax?!...We went to work, determined to show that the common fax machine could be compromised via mere access to its fully exposed and unprotected telephone line -- thus completely bypassing all perimeter security protections and shattering to pieces all modern-day security concepts."

    As always, please enjoy, be edified and share far and wide.

  4. DEF CON 26 Voting Village image

    The team that runs the DEF CON Voting Village has announced that they will release findings from DEF CON 26 next week. The report from last year's Voting Village was widely cited and helped jump-start the conversation about improving election tech security.

    There has been controversy, with vote tech manufacturers and some state officials challenging the results and the methodology of the hackathon. TechTarget has an interview with VV's Jake Braun about this year's results and some behind the scenes info about the expanded efforts at this year's Voting Village.

  5. DEF CON 26 Hoodie image

    Now available on the DEF CON Ebay store - the very stylish DEF CON 26 hoodie. Look sharp, feel good and get a bonus saving throw against mind fog. Get these and other fine DEF CON goodies while supplies last!