DEF CON 27
August 8 - August 11$300
DEF CON 27 will be at Paris, Bally’s and Planet Hollywood this year!
There will be so much to do at DEF CON 27, that it would take waaaay too much space to list it all. From the various villages to the CtF to the talks to the parties… DEF CON is what you make it. Because of this, the experience is different for everyone. If you’ve never been, check out DEF CON 101 to help make sense of it all and plot your course. Of course, once you get there, everything can change… and that’s not a bad thing. Best advice… have no fear and go with the flow!
The DEF CON Story
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.
For more information, check out the DEF CON FAQ.