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So Defcon 18 is in the works and coming up this summer.

What is Defcon? Its a Hacking Community to put it short (not all hacking is bad there are white collar hackers). Alot of IT ppl there looking for information and new security issues. Anyways check out their site (clicky the logo)

So anyone intrested in going? I plan to be there with my oldest (who will be 18 at that point). My oldest is into playing on computers like mom does. Here is the info for it:

DEF CON 18 Hacking Conference

https://www.defcon.org/

Type:
Meetings - Convention
Start Time:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:00am
End Time:
Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:00pm
Location:
The Rivera Hotel and Casino
City/Town:
Las Vegas, NV

Description

More exciting than the latest 0-day in acrobat or Internet Exploder, it is time for the DEF CON CFP to open! This year features no wait Insta-Badge technology!

What: DEF CON 18 Call For Papers
When: The Call for Papers will close on June 1, 2010
How: Complete the Call for Papers Form and send to talks at defcon dot org

DEF CON will take place at the Riviera in Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 30 - August 1, 2010.

From radioactive boy scouts, hardware hacking, privacy enhancing technology, reverse engineering, forensics, web app attacks and more DEF CON is all about thinking differently and showing off what you have been working on. We will sort presentations by subject matter and come up with topic clusters of similar interests. It worked out so well in the past we are doing it again this year.

What are we looking for then, if we don't have tracks? We are looking for the presentation that you've never seen before and have always wanted to see. We are looking for the presentation that the attendees wouldn't ask for, but blows their minds when they see it. We want strange demos of Personal GPS jammers, RFID zappers, and HERF madness. Got a MITM attack against cell phones? We want to see it.

Here is the long form: Subjects that we have traditionally covered in the past, and will continue to accept include: Trojan development, worms, MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware, intelligent agents, protocol exploits, application security, web security, database hacking, privacy issues, criminal law, civil law, international law/treaties, prosecution perspectives, 802.11X, bluetooth, cellular telephony protocols, privacy, identity theft, identity creation, fraud, social implications of technology, media/film presentations, firmware hacking, hardware hacking, embedded systems hacking, smartcard technologies, credit card and financial instrument technologies, surveillance, counter-surveillance, UFO's, peer2peer technologies, reputation systems, copyright infringement and anti-copyright infringement enforcement technologies, critical infrastructure issues, physical security, social engineering, academic security research, PDA and cell phone security, EMP/HERF weaponry, TEMPEST technologies, corporate espionage, IDS evasion.

What a mouth full! Well you can't say we didn't give you some ideas. This list is not intended to limit possible topics, merely to give examples of topics that have interested us in the past, and is in fact the same list we used last year..

Check out https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-17/dc-17-speakers.html for past conference presentations to get a complete list of past topics that were accepted if you want to learn from the past.

We are looking for and give preference to: unique research, new tool releases, Ø-day attacks (with responsible disclosure), highly technical material, social commentaries, and ground breaking material of any kind. Want to screen a new hacking documentary or release research? Consider DEF CON.

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Re: Defcon 18

Oh I'd love to go, how much fun is this going to be...

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Re: Defcon 18

Oh its going to be a blast. Hell their badges to get in are enough entertainment (they have a hacking their badges contest). CLICKY

Ok here is more info:

Rooms for DEF CON 18!



Get your room for DEF CON 18 booked early on the Riviera Reservation page for DEF CON 18! Rates are $99/night for the first two people! Additional fees may apply for more than 2 people per room.

DEF CON 18

will happen July 29th - August 1, 2010 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino! Admission is $140 USD at the door (no pre-registration available).

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Re: Defcon 18

As fun as this sounds your brave. I would be more worried that my name would show up as some hacker now on some Feds site. Your not worried SM? If you go are you going to bring us back some good fun stuff? Wink

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No I'm not worried there are alot of IT techs and computer security ppl there. Its not just learning on how to do things but more how to make sure it doesn't happen to you. Yes I'll bring back goodies Smile

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Re: Defcon 18

Oh man, I so wish!

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My oldest has wanted to go the last few years but we never have. He is really good on computers and loves to do scripts so I figured ok he's at that age that its ok now and well since he is older now it might that one great trip that you don't forget. He'll be a senior in high school so why not. Plus it might inspire him to figure out what he wants to do, right now he goes back and forth between wanting to go into computers or into medical. Plus I have the frequent flyer miles so the cost will be low for us. Big Grin

EDIT: Ok its for sure - hotel is booked! Five nights at the Rivera Big Grin

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Re: Defcon 18

Can I hide in one of your bags? Hides Eyes

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Re: Defcon 18

I wouldn't worry too much about being put on some type of watch list. There is lot of flow over from security professionals that attend Blackhat the preceding week (costs a lot more). They usually have a "meet the fed" talk to address any interest the government has in the conference. My group were involved with IT and so were the people that I meet.

I attended Defcon 16 and here are some pointers I picked up from that:

You will miss the first day of talks (Friday) if you end up drinking till 5:00 A.M. the preceding morning and talking with a bunch of hackers. In defense, that really was the best talks I attended.

Friday is usually the best day for talks.

Seriously consider using your smart phone as a tethering device if you must surf the internet on the laptop. Take a look at pda.net. Additional points are awarded if you use an XO.

I can't attest to this...but try to avoid using the ATM next to the bar in the Riveria. I had some strange charges show up that week from someone using my pin in California. Coincidence?

Try to use a bathroom not located inside the conference. The sewer smell from backed up pipes was not conducive to an enjoyable experience on Saturday...especially with some lingering effects from Friday.

See if you can get you trip written off at work as Security Training. Try to be suave when you explain that the receipt will come in the form of a big a$$ badge that looks like a blinking motherboard.

Never trust that a hotel (not the Riveria) will keep your paid for-the-weekend room reservation if you don’t check in beforehand. Even if you call stating that you will be in late (even if you weren’t expecting to show up at 5:00 a.m. – which did make for an interesting conversation with the hotel manager. Still it was a nice room upgrade…I guess ;-)

You definitely want a t-shirt.

If you don’t base yourself at the Riveria or Circus Circus, seriously consider a car rental in your budget.

I’m sure there is more advice I could give. It is Vegas after all.

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I know we have chatted off site and I will look for you this year at Defcon. I'm staying at the Riveria. Since I'm really not to much of a drinker (glass of wine here and there) I don't have to worry about missing anything.

T-shirt yes - a couple of them Smile

I travel with lots of tech toys so I'm good to go for the meetings. As for company reinbursing me well that is why I have company credit cards - yep IT/security write off. Some how I'll write off the t-shirts too Smile

Oh fixed your post - pasting in from word throws in all types of tags - but poof they are now gone Smile

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Re: Defcon 18
Ashton wrote:

I can't attest to this...but try to avoid using the ATM next to the bar in the Riveria. I had some strange charges show up that week from someone using my pin in California. Coincidence?

Ok some how I totally missed this paragraph. Not sure about Defcon 16 but at Defcon 17 (last year) someone did hack the ATM machine.

Malicious ATM Catches Hackers

LAS VEGAS — There’s no honor among thieves, nor apparently among hackers.

A malicious ATM kiosk was positioned in the conference center of the Riviera Hotel Casino capturing data from an unknown number of hackers attending the DefCon hacker conference before someone noticed something suspicious about the kiosk.

I dunno I'm thinking either they had a death wish or some serious brass balls to do that stunt. No word if they ever caught anyone.

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