DEF CON Announcements!
DEF CON 26 Workshops!
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!
The Entire lineup of DEF CON 26 Talks is Live!
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!
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!
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.
DEF CON 26 Link Roundup!
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!
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.
DEF CON 26 Entertainment Announcement: Juno Reactor!
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!
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:
Mario and Racewars:
PoW as a Service:
DEF CON 26 CTF Quals Winners!
Congratulations to Samurai for winning the hotly contested DEF CON 26 CTF Quals! Our thanks also to the luminous humans of Order of the Overflow for putting on such a fun event! Check out the scoreboard for all the rankings!
See all those qualified at the big show- DC26!
Halfway through DEF CON 26 CTF Quals!
You can follow the action at the DEF CON 26 CTF Quals on this convenient scoreboard provided by the fine humans of The Order if the Overflow. So you should.
Images from the Twittersphere: DEF CON China [Beta]!
Our first DEF CON outside the U.S. is in full swing and day one is on the books! The twittersphere has been providing a window into that first day, so get a load of the photos people have been posting from DEF CON China!
DEF CON 26 CTF Quals this Weekend!
Reminder: there’s a CTF qualification event this weekend:
#DEFCONQUALS2018 will be held 00:00 UTC on May 12th for 48 hours. Glory awaits for the brave and the skilled. Get in the arena!
DEF CON 26 Homework: Critical Thinking Edition!
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.
“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.
Happy reading! Stay tuned for more assignments in the coming days.
Roundup of DEF CON Updates!
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!
CTF Quals Registration for DEF CON 26 is Now Open!
DEF CON Quals CTF 2018 registration is now open! https://register.oooverflow.io
#DEFCONQUALS2018 will be held 00:00 UTC on May 12th for 48 hours. Glory awaits for the brave and the skilled. Get in the arena!
New Soldering Skills Village at DEF CON 26!
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]email@example.com[/email] Now accepting submissions for demos, talks, art, anything hardware you want to show off!
More info at https://www.dchhv.org
Space Announcement for DEF CON 26!
DEF CON 26 is getting close and now is the time to let everyone in on some big changes we've got in store. We've accepted a record number of villages and are growing the number of workshops from last year. To hold all this goodness we are growing to include the Flamingo hotel.
- DEF CON has has accepted more villages than ever before and needs to grow.
- DEF CON is spreading to two hotels, Caesars Palace and the Flamingo.
- This lets us do more stuff + evening pool parties.
For DEF CON 26 we will try something we have never done - Split the con between two hotels! No, not like Paris + Ballys, they are connected. I'm talking Caesars Palace and the Flamingo across the street.
"That's Crazy!" you say. "Why do we need that much space?" you say. Check this out: The number of villages will almost double from last year to about 25. Parties should increase. More contests are under development. DEF CON needs space to support all the awesome projects from the community and I'd really like to throw some pool parties. That is all now possible.
In the next month you will hear more specifics but I want to answer some questions here:
- How will the space be split? The Flamingo will hold some of the "destination" events to relieve pressure off of Caesars Palace. Current planning includes Workshops, DEF CON 101 track, some villages and contests, a chill out space, pool parties, and more once we finish planning.
- Will there be DC TV at the Flamingo? Yes DC TV will be in the Flamingo and as many other hotels as we can wire. A more definitive list soon, but we are building on what we did last year.
- If you ran a village or contest last year you should count on the same or more space you got last year. If you are running a first time event we will work to meet all of your needs. If you want even more space or a dedicated spot at the Flamingo we can work on making that happen.
With the move to Caesars Palace last year we got more space and a different floor plan that helped with some flow, but the broken escalators stole some of those gains. For DEF CON 26 the escalators are fixed and we have a better understanding of how to use the space. With that understanding and the growth of interest in Village and Contests we realized that we are out of space and need to span to a new property. This growth will allow us to accept more contests and villages and try some new stuff while giving existing events some room to breathe.
Online Registration is open for DEF CON China [Beta]!
Online registration for DEF CON China [beta] is LIVE! Follow the link, (using the translate feature in Chrome comes in handy) and save yourself a seat at the first international DEF CON hacking conference!
Of course, you are not required to make use of the online form. The traditional DEF CON method of cash at the door works too. In fact, if you want to pay at the door, cash is the only option for those visiting China for the conference. The price onsite is ¥1088, which is about USD173 at current exchange rates.
The venue for DEF CON China [beta] is the Beijing Kuntai Hotel, which you can book here. (http://www.kuntaihotel.com/en/) Once you have a confirmation from the hotel, you can use that document to help with your Travel Visa Application. (http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/hrsq/)
Thanks to everyone who’s planning to make the trip and participate in this new DEF CON adventure. We’re working hard to put together a great show and we’ll see you in Beijing in just under a month!
Remainder of DEF CON China Speakers are Live, Schedule Updated!
DEF CON China [beta] is almost upon us, and we’re hoping to see lots of you there. To help you make your plans we’ve got a finalized speaker list and schedule! All the presenters are top-shelf and bring a wide variety of technical skill and subject matter expertise - we’re excited about all the final selections.
Androsia: Securing 'data in process' for your Android Apps
Triton and Symbolic Execution on GDB
Spreading malware with Google (Nice Quilombo)
Fabian Cuchietti & Gonzalo Sanchez
You Logged Into My Account
Fooling Image Search Engine
Yuanjun Gong, Bin Liang, & Jianjun Huang
Security Research Over the Windows (kernel)
Smart Contract Hacking
Beyond Adversarial Learning — Data Scaling Attacks in Deep Learning Applications
Passwords in the Air: Harvesting Wi-Fi Credentials from SmartCfg Provisioning
Changyu Li & Quanpu Cai
I Am Groot: Examining the Guardians of Windows 10 Security
DEF CON Groups Panel
Peter Wesley, Tielei Wang, Changsheng Gao, Xinpeng Liu, Jun Li, April C. Wright, & Jayson E. Street
General ways to find and exploit Path Traversal Vulnerabilities on Android APPs
Xiaobo Xiang (Elphet)
The schedule is now live! Read the abstracts, pick your favorites, and get psyched.
Only one month to go until DEF CON China - are you ready?
DEF CON 26 Biohacking Village CFP is Open!
Cyborgs, grinders, human potential optimizers of all kinds, harken! BioHacking Village at DC26 is giving you until June 22 to get your proposals in. As always with CFPs, procrastination isn’t your friend- the more time we have to help turn good proposals into great ones, the better. The relevant data is linked below.
You have your assignment - we look forward to your entries.
DEF CON 26 Biohacking Village CFP
DEF CON 26 CTF Pre Qualifying Events Announced!
The DEF CON 26 CTF is taking shape!
The 2018 pre-qualifying events have been selected! 🎉
The winners of DEFCON 2017, HITCON 2017, CCC 2017, 0CTF 2018, and PlaidCTF 2018 will automatically qualify for DEF CON 2018! This means, so far, PPP, DEFKOR, and pasten --- congrats!
A Prequal event for one of these, 0CTF 2018, kicks off tomorrow - online, jeopardy-style. If you’ve always wanted to try your skills against the best at the DC CTF, this is a good place to start. Assemble your team, sign up and see where it takes you.
Full info: https://oooverflow.io
First Round of Talks for DEF CON China [Beta]!
More Beijing news for you - we are excited to bring you the first round of accepted speakers for DEF CON China!
The first round selections include talks from DEF CON favorites like Zoz, Dan Kaminsky and Jayson Street as well as Chinese researchers like Dr. Tao (Lenx) Wei and Dr. Haixin Duan. Get acquainted with the speakers of Round 1 and watch this space for the announcement of Round 2 selections.
It’s coming together, people. We hope you’re as excited as we are .
First China Workshops are Live!
DEF CON China [beta] is shaping up fast, and we’ve got another exciting content announcement.
Selections for DEF CON China (beta) workshops are well underway. So well underway, in fact, that we already have three of them selected! They are:
UAC 0day, all day!
Practical Malware Analysis: Hands-On
Sam Bowne, Devin Duffy-Halseth, and Dylan Smith
Principals on Leveraging PowerShell for Red Teams
If you’re interested in a deep dive into these subjects, please visit our workshops page for all the details. You’ll also want to bookmark that page and check back frequently, as we’ll be adding more in the coming days.
DEF CON China [Beta] Village Selection has Begun!
May 11 approaches, DEF CON enthusiasts, and we have news! Village selection is underway - we can already confirm the following for DEF CON China [beta].
Lockpicking Village, hosted and run by the lock wizards of The Open Organization of Lockpickers (TOOOL). You could not be in more capable hands, whether you’re learning the ropes or testing your skills.
Car Hacking Village. Get your hands on the state of the art in connected auto security.
RECON Village - For people interested in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and its many applications.
The very popular Packet Hacking Village, where you can hone your knowledge of network hacking in all its flavors.
Hardware Hacking Village. Void warranties, break and remake physical tech and smell that sweet solder in the air.
You can learn about these villages and keep track as new ones are added for DEF CON China [beta] at the Villages page.
DEF CON China is beginning to assume its final form - join us in Beijing May 11-13!
DEF CON 26 and China [Beta] News: RECON Village Returns!
Everyone interested in OSINT, Red Teaming and the like can breathe easy - the RECON Village will return for DEF CON 26. For those of you not yet in the know, please enjoy this video of the RECON Village keynote from DEF CON 25 and get excited!
The DEF CON RECON Village will also be joining us for the first Beta DEF CON in China, and their Call for Papers is open right now, so check it out!
DEF CON China [Beta] Site is Live! Calls are open!
DEF CON China [beta], co-hosted by Baidu Security, is happening May 11-13, and we’re moving into high-gear Con mode! In addition to the Call for Papers, we’re also opening up the following Calls:
Contests and Events. Puzzlemasters, game-makers and party-throwers, bring us your best ideas! We want to share the fun side of DEF CON with the world, and if your proposal is selected, we’ll pitch in to make it a reality.
Villages. The hands-on mini-con is a perfect introduction to DEF CON, and we’re looking to you to conceive, plan and run the DEF CON Village we’ve never seen but always needed. Assemble your team, create your proposal and join us in Beijing!
Demo Labs! This is your chance to show off the project you’ve been hacking on, and get attention and feedback from the DEF CON community. Take that open source effort out of the garage and into the spotlight!
You’re still reading - probably because you’re psyched and looking for where you sign up, right? Maybe a DEF CON China website where you can find all the rules, parameters and relevant info? We’ve got that. Head over to https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-china/dc-cn-index.html, get spun up and then make us proud!
Social Engineering Village CFP is Open for DEF CON 26!
The Social Engineering Village has issued its official Call For Papers for DEF CON 26! That means it's time for those of you adept in the dark arts of persuasion and wetware exploitation to drop everything and get your potential presentation together. You have until April 1 to leave and impression and win the chance to speak to the best SE audience anywhere.
Get on it!
Dark Tangent Attends Signing Ceremony for DEF CON China [Beta]
DEF CON founder The Dark Tangent has been in Beijing finalizing the agreements for DEF CON China [Beta] - it’s already looking very exciting. As you can see in the attached pictures, the look is already starting to take shape.
The signing ceremony included a New Year’s gift of some really beautiful locks from our partners at Baidu. The locks are in an ancient style, symbolizing the long history of security and security culture.
We’re really looking forward to DEF CON China - everyone is working hard and making big plans!
To submit to the DEF CON China [Beta] CFP, check out our submissions page. Let’s make this amazing together.
Packet Hacking Village (Wall of Sheep) and Skytalks CFPs are Open!
DEF CON 26 is getting off to an early start this year, with our own Call for Everything opening in mid January. It Looks like Packet Hacking Village and Skytalks are getting an early start as well, with both opening Calls or Papers in the last week! Check em out!
Packet Hacking Village CFP
DEF CON China [Beta] Call for Papers is Open!
The DEF CON China [Beta} Call for Papers is open! We are seeking presenters with fresh ideas and exciting research to share with the DEF CON community.
The event takes place soon – May 11-13, 2018. We are accepting and reviewing proposals on an expedited schedule, and speaking spaces are limited so please respond quickly. We are happy to work with you to perfect your proposal if it arrives in time.
The rules for submissions are explained in detail on our CFP page, The Chinese translation of these rules will be online very soon.
We look forward to your submissions!
DEF CON China [Beta] dates announced and Call for Papers opening! DEF CON 神州【Beta】日期发布及征文启事（Call For Papers）
After more than a year investigating the possibility of bringing DEF CON to China I am proud to announce that we are going to do a [Beta] event in Bejing this May 11-13th!
That means everything is on a very short schedule. This week we will be opening the CFP and launching the China [Beta] sub-site with all the information you need to know to attend or to participate. Interested in running your village, contest or event there? We can help make that happen. Want to speak? Get your materials ready!
过了一年多的深入研究，我很荣幸地宣布 DEF CON 将在五月11至13号降临神州， 在北京召开个DEF CON Beta会议 。
这意味着时间相当紧迫。 我们会在这周开启 CFP 及上传DEF CON神州[Beta]的网页。所有以各式方式 参会的资料将会那发布。欢迎各界英雄豪杰参与。若想作个village, 比赛或其他项目，我们能助你一臂之力！或想当演讲嘉宾吗？请收集好资料准备投稿吧！
Social Engineering Village Call for Papers & SECTF Regsitration are Open!
Attention Social Engineers!
The DEF CON 26 Social Engineering Village SECTF registration is live! According to the SE Village Twitter it's already got over 100 signups, so don't dally if SE is your jam.
The SE Village Call for Papers is also open! If you’ve got a dynamite talk in you for the social engineering space, you have until April 1 to get your stuff together and submit. SE Village is one of the most popular at DEF CON, so don’t delay, and bring your A game!
DEF CON Groups Year in Review
DCG Ambassador Jayson Street gives a New Year's update on what's coming up for DEF CON Groups worldwide. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice he's apparently doing this in an underground DEF CON museum. :) You can (and should) learn more at defcongroups.org.
As always, if you want that hacker-fresh feeling all year long, find a local DEF CON Group and get involved! DCGs are all over the world, Bogota to Kiev to Cape Town. Can't find one? Start one! Check out this brand new post on how to start a group!
Here it is... The Call for Everything!
Can you feel it? That electricity in the air? It’s the machinery of DEF CON 26 coming to life. The lights are blinking, the drives are spinning and the freshly oiled jaws are wide open for content.
Welcome to the Call for Everything! We’re looking for proposals in the following areas: Talks, Workshops, Villages, Contests, Events, Parties, Music, Demo Labs, Press, and Vendors!
The DEF CON 26 Call for Everything page is where to start for your assignment parameters.
A few pointers...
Early is better than perfect: If your proposal is hot but not quite there, we will work with you to get across the finish line.If you wait until the last moment, you’re kinda on your own.
Follow the guidelines: The angelic volunteers who evaluate the entries have a lot of work to do, and your courtesy in following the format makes their lives easier.
Most importantly, think big. There are a lot of security conferences, but only one of them is DEF CON. Submit accordingly.
Tor .onion Links for DEF CON Sites!
I am proud to announce the v3 .onion address for DEF CON:
defcon.org main web site:
Tor announced a major update to their .onion services at DEF CON 26, version 3 that greatly improves the stability and resistance of .onion sites. In order to visit a v3 .onion site you must use a newer version of Tor, or the "experimental" branch of the Tor Browser Bundle (TBB) available here [https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en#downloads-alpha].
Read more about this next generation of onion services here [https://blog.torproject.org/tors-fall-harvest-next-generation-onion-services]
- The Dark Tangent