The Crystal Method at DEF CON 20!

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The 20th Anniversary of DEF CON will be July 26-29, 2012 at the Rio Hotel and Casino for just $200 cash at the door!

DEF CON 20 Site
DEF CON 20 CTF Announcement
DEF CON 20 Call for Papers
DEF CON 20 Contest/Event RFI
DEF CON 20 Call for DJs/Music
Book a Room

DEF CON 20 Site is Live!

If you’re looking for a central location for all the latest info on this year’s DEF CON, you’re in luck! The DEF CON 20 site is now live at https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-20/dc-20-index.html!

DEF CON 20 CTF Updates!

News from the CTF front! The announcement of the DEF CON 20 CTF Quals was recently announced, and will take place June 1-3, 2012. You can find the details at ddtek.biz! We have another recent qualifying team to announce, team LeetChicken has won the Codegate 2012 YUT Challenge, which automatically qualifies them for DEF CON 20 CTF! Congratulations to them!

You can find all kinds of CTF info on the DEF CON 20 CTF Page, and tons of CTF links an write ups in the CTF Archive!

200 for 20

We’d like to announce that the price for DEF CON 20 will be $200 USD. What will we do with our ill-gotten gains, you may ask? We’re going to make the 20th anniversary of DEF CON one to remember. More special swag, great live music, help for the contests to grow, 20 teams for CTF, special speakers, and numerous other secret stuffs. Believe us when we say it’ll be the most epic DEF CON ever!

Want to get involved in making DEF CON 20 even more k-rad? Participate on the forums https://forum.defcon.org/

The Crystal Method At DEF CON 20!

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, DEF CON is ecstatic to announce the headlining act for our Saturday evening White Ball: The Crystal Method! These guys are pioneers in the electronic music scene, with soundtrack appearances on movies like Spawn, Blade, The Replacement Killers, and many others.

Here are some samples to tide you over:

Drown in the Now feat. Matisyahu

Comin Back

Sine Language feat. LMFAO

DEF CON in the News

Check out this article in Vanity Fair, World War 3.0, which discusses the factions vying for control of the internet. Mentions of DEF CON, DT and other from the scene are numerous!

Which Past Shirts Should We Reprint?

We’re thinking of doing a limited run of a few past shirts for sale at DEF CON, but which ones should we do? You can help us decide by checking out the gallery of past shirts on our Facebook page, and then voting for your favorite in our survey also on Facebook, or at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/defconshirts

Reboot Sneak Preview at DEF CON 20!

We are very excited to announce an Exclusive Sneak Preview screening of the film Reboot at DEF CON 20! Here is a peek at the premise from an article on the film:

“Set within a dystopian world that is a collision between technology and humanity, “Reboot” touches upon many of the current social and political concerns that arise from becoming more and more intertwined with the virtual.

In contemporary Los Angeles, a young female hacker (Stat) awakens from unconsciousness to find an iPhone glued to her hand and a mysterious countdown ticking away on the display. Suffering from head trauma, and with little recollection of who she is or what is happening, Stat races against time to figure out what the code means, and what unknown event the pending zero-hour will bring.”

We are also excited that the filmmakers and lead cast members will be on hand at DEF CON for a QA session along with the screening! We’ll have more info as this solidifies.

If you are looking for a fun gaming challenge, Reboot has a cool alternate reality game in which you can participate as well! Find more info at http://www.rebootfilm.com/scoreboard.

Watch the Trailer!

Special Music Events at DEF CON 20!

Exciting news that is first in a series of many! DEF CON is officially announcing some big musical guests this year, the first of whom is breakcore/glitch/hip-hop all-star Mochipet! You’ll be able to catch him at the DEF CON 20 official opening Thursday night pool party!

Here are a few examples of Mochipet in action:

Whomp-a-saurus Sex

Mochipet Godzilla New Year Video by Savage Henry

A Milli Girls – Mochipet (pseudo-NSFW)

CODE 2600 Showing at DEF CON 20!

DEF CON is happy to announce Code 2600 will be showing at DEF CON 20! We will be the first hacker con to have the film shown and we are pretty excited about it. Like the CODE 2600 Facebook page for more info!

About the film:

CODE 2600 documents the rise of the Information Technology Age as told through the events and people who helped build and manipulate it. The film explores the impact this new connectivity has on our ability to remain human while maintaining our personal privacy and security. As we struggle to comprehend the wide-spanning socio-technical fallout caused by data collection and social networks, our modern culture is trapped in an undercurrent of cyber-attacks, identity theft and privacy invasion. Both enlightening and disturbing, CODE 2600 is a provocative wake-up call for a society caught in the grips of a global technology takeover.

The Cast:

Bruce Schneier,
Chief Security Technology Officer, BT

Jeff Moss,
Founder Def Con and Black Hat

Marcus Ranum,
Chief Security Officer, Tenable Security

Jennifer Granick,
Civil Liberties Director, EFF

Dr. Bob Lash,
Original Member of the Homebrew Computer Club

Eric Michaud,
Founder, Pumping Station One

Gideon Lenkey,
Security, CEO RA Security Systems

Lorrie Cranor,
Cylab, Carnegie Mellon University

Phil Lapsley,
Phone Phreaking Expert, Author

Robert Vamosi,
Computer Security Journalist, Author

Wallace Wang,
Author, “Steal This Computer Book”

DEF CON 20 Contest Events!

We wanted to take a minute and point out some of the buzz around contests and events that are brewing on the DEF CON Forums and elsewhere. As you know, LosT @ Con Mystery Challenge will be returning for DEF CON 20, it looks like LosT may or may not already be seeding clues on Twitter (@1o57). The Unofficial DEF CON Shoot is looking pretty active in the planning stages. Other contests and events that have active forums are:

10,000¢ Hacker Pyramid
Capture the Flag
Project 2
Scavenger Hunt
Schemaverse
DEF CON 101
Goon Band
Hardware Hacking Village
Skytalks
Wireless Village
HackBus
Toxic BBQ

So head over to the Forums and see what’s up! You can also keep up with all the updates as they occur on the DEF CON Twitter, The DEF CON RSS Feed, and the DEF CON Facebook Page

DC20 Call for Music Announced!

The DEF CON 20 Call for Music is now live and the sign up form is operational! You can check it out on the DEF CON Forums at https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=12734

New Speaker’s Corner!

We have a brand spanking new Speaker’s Corner for you, where Nikita gives her speaker liaison insight into what makes your CFP submission stand out! A must read for the aspiring or seasoned DEF CON submitter!

DEF CON 20 Contest Event RFI

The DEF CON 20 Contest Event Request for Information is live! If you already run or want to run a contest or event at DEF CON 20, it’s where to find all of the info you need to get your contest or event on the map! Check it out at: https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-20/dc-20-contest-rfi.html.

Book a Room at the Rio for DEF CON 20!

You can now book a room at the Rio for DEF CON 20 at our group rate! Do this one of two ways: Go to http://www.totalrewards.com/hotel-reservations?propCode=RLVgroupCode=SRDEF12, or call the hotel directly at 888-746-6955 and reference group code SRDEF12.

The nightly rates are split up as follows:
7/22 through 7/26 is $104
7/27 and 7/28 is $118
Then 7/29 through 7/31 is again $104

Get on it soon! Space is limited!

The DEF CON 20 Call for Papers is Open!

It’s time again, friends, for the DEF CON Call for Papers to Open! Read the CFP announcement and fill out the CFP form to have the chance to present your ninja research at DEF CON’s 20th Anniversary!

DC20 CTF Announcement!

Exciting news regarding the Capture the Flag Competition at DEF CON 20! Check out the announcement here.

New Speaker’s Corner!

Paul Renda discusses the elements of what could make a successful doomsday worm in this new Speaker’s Corner entitled “A Prima On An Internet Doomsday Worm.”

Welcome New DEF CON Groups!

A new batch of DEF CON Groups has entered the fold! Welcome! If you would like to find a DEF CON Group in your area, check out the DEF CON Groups Listing, and if there isn’t one, maybe you should start one!

Domestic
DC435 – Logan, UT
DC804 – Richmond, VA
DC916 – Sacramento, CA

International
DC0141 – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
DC0230 – Ichalkaranji, India
DC11001000 Bogota, Colombia
DC110089 New Delhi, India
DC136118 – Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
DC141001 – Ludhiana, Punjab, India
DC4701 – Rockhampton, Australia
DC893 – Tokyo, Japan
DC91141 – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
DC91895 – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Merry Christmas from DEF CON!

It seems Santa has been in our servers, (I don’t know how he does it, he must be 1337) and has left you a special gift! The Speaker Slides video, as well as the the Audio from DEF CON 19 is now live and awaiting your downloading pleasure. You can find them on the DEF CON 19 Archive page, or on the following RSS Feeds:

https://www.defcon.org/podcast/defcon-19-video.rss
https://www.defcon.org/podcast/defcon-19-audio.rss

As 2011 winds down, we’re working hard behind the scenes for a spectacular 20th anniversary of DEF CON in 2012! So keep your eyes on the DEF CON Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, or defcon.org for all the info as it happens! Enjoy!

Welcome New DEF CON Groups!

We’d like to welcome the following new groups to the DCG fold!

Domestic
DC317 – Indianapolis, IN
DC614 – Columbus, OH
DC765 – Lafayette, IN
DC909 – Pomona, CA

International
DC00497151 – Stuttgart, Germany
DC00977 – Lalitpur, India
DC02139 – Kiev, Ukraine
DC110006 – Delhi, India
DC15033 – Casale Monferrato, Italy
DC560001 – Bengaluru, India
DC636 – Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

DC700077 – Kolkata, Westbengal, India
DC880 – Dhaka, Bangladesh
DC91022 – Mumbai, India
DC91361 – Guwahati, India

You can find out more about DEF CON Groups on the DCG FAQ, or follow DCG happenings on Facebook!

Christmas Deal on DEF CON 19 DVD Sets From TSOK!

If you’re looking for the perfect Hacker gift, you can purchase the full DVD sets from DEF CON 19 from The Source of Knowledge at discounted prices up through Christmas Eve!

Hacker Jeopardy, Hacker Pyramid and Closing Ceremonies Video!

Even though Halloween has come and gone, we have some tasty video treats for your viewing pleasure! Check out the videos from 10,000¢ Hacker Pyramid, Hacker Jeopardy, and the DEF CON 19 Closing Ceremonies, and you can enjoy or re-live some of the fun we had at DEF CON 19!

10,000¢ Hacker Pyramid and Hacker Jeopardy – Friday Night
10,000¢ Hacker Pyramid and Hacker Jeopardy – Saturday Night
DEF CON 19 Closing Ceremonies

DEF CON 19 Video is Live!

At long last, we would like to present the DEF CON 19 video presentations (slides w/ audio of the talk) for your viewing enjoyment! You can access them on the DEF CON 19 Archive page, or on the RSS Feed at https://www.defcon.org/podcast/defcon-19-slides.rss!

Welcome New DEF CON Groups!

A big welcome to the most recent additions to DEF CON Groups!

Domestic
402 – Omaha, NE
410 – Baltimore, MD
509.1 – Spokane, WA
702 – Las Vegas, NV
801 – Salt Lake City, UT
805 – Thousand Oaks, CA

International
003348 – Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, Chaco, Argentina
0101 – Bogata, Columbia
0131 – Casale Monferrato, Italy
0497 – Kerala, India
303002 – Jaipur, India
6221 – Jakarta, Indonesia
9180 – Bangalore, Karnataka, India

91824 – Mangalore, Karnataka, India
941 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
9663 – Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

To find the DEF CON Group in your area check out the DCG Listing Page. If there isn’t one, you can start one! Check out the DCG Point of Contact FAQ for details.