August 3 - 5, 2007
Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Simply put, this is the largest underground hacking event in the world. Here's an excerpt freom their FAQ:
What is DEFCON?
DEFCON is one of the oldest continuous running hacker conventions around, and also one of the largest.
How did DEFCON start?
Originally started in 1993, it was a meant to be a part 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 DEFCON is short for "Defense Condition." Now being a fan of the movie War Games I took note that the main character, David Ligntman, 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.
Just remember, DEFCON is what you make of it.