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DEF CON 26
August 9 - August 12$280
DEF CON 26
DEF CON is one of the oldest continuously running hacker conventions around, and also one of the largest. DEF CON 26 is once again at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
How did DEF CON start?
Originally started in 1993, it was a meant to be a party for member of “Platinum Net”, a Fido protocol based hacking network out of Canada. As the main U.S. hub I was helping the Platinum Net organizer (I forget his name) plan a closing party for all the member BBS systems and their users. He was going to shut down the network when his dad took a new job and had to move away. We talking about where we might hold it, when all of a sudden he left early and disappeared. I was just planning a party for a network that was shut down, except for my U.S. nodes. I decided what the hell, I’ll invite the members of all the other networks my BBS (A Dark Tangent System) system was a part of including Cyber Crime International (CCI), Hit Net, Tired of Protection (ToP), and like 8 others I can’t remember. Why not invite everyone on #hack? Good idea!
Where did the name come from?
The short answer is a combination of places. There as a SummerCon in the summer, a HoHoCon in the winter, a PumpCon during Halloween, etc. I didn’t want any association with a time of year. If you are a Phreak, or just use your phone a lot you’ll notes “DEF” is #3 on the phone. If you are into military lingo DEF CON is short for “Defense Condition.” Now being a fan of the movie War Games I took note that the main character, David Lightman, lived in Seattle, as I do, and chose to nuke Las Vegas with W.O.P.R. when given the chance. Well I knew I was doing a con in Vegas, so it all just sort of worked out.
There are several resources that will give you an idea of what DEF CON is all about.
DEF CON Press: through the prism of the media
DEF CON Pics: visual evidence, thousands of pictures, some NSFW
DEF CON Groups: Local groups that meet
DEF CON Media archives: Speeches from DC 1 to the present, captured
Google: always a good research starting point
Just remember, DEF CON is what you make of it.