DEF CON 28 CTF Quals!
Attention hackers! Aside from the prequal events, you will all have a chance to qualify for DEF CON 28 CTF through the DEF CON CTF Qualifying event!
#DC28Quals will be held March 27! Start practicing now!
Stay up to date with all the CTF updates by following our brilliant hosts, Order of the Overflow.
DEF CON Forums App Upgrades!
The DEF CON Forums upgrades continue - we’ve got version 2.1.1 of the Android and iOS forum apps live in their respective stores - ready to meet all of your posting needs.
We’d appreciate your feedback - you can post your thoughts at https://forum.defcon.org/node/229993?p=230032
DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report!
The DEF CON Voting Village has released its findings from DEF CON 27!
This is the third year we've hosted the Voting Village, and this year we were able to give attendees access to over 100 machines, all of which are currently certified for use in at least one US jurisdiction. The units tested included direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines, electronic poll books, Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs), Optical scanners and Hybrid systems.
The hackers at DEF CON once again compromised every single machine over the 2.5 day event, many of them with trivial attacks that require no sophistication or special knowledge on the part of the attacker. In too many cases physical ports remain unprotected, passwords remain unset or left in default configurations and security features of the underlying commercial hardware are left unused or even disabled.
In addition to showing the security weaknesses found in the wide variety of election tech on display, the Voting Village team's report shares its strong recommendations for improving election security, most notably the urgent need for paper ballots and rigorous post-election audits.
For any of those recommendations to become real, voters need to get informed and get the attention of their elected representatives about these issues.
You can also share your thoughts and get involved in the ongoing Voting Village conversation on the Def Con Forums. We're very interested in what you have to contribute.
DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report is Out Tomorrow!
The DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report is going to be released tomorrow! Congresspeople Rep. Jackie Speier and Senator Ron Wyden will be on hand for the discussion of all the new things we learned about election security this summer.
The event will be held in Washington DC at the US Capitol Visitor Center - Congressional Auditorium and Atrium at 2pm on September 26.
Of course, we'll be sharing the report when it's available as well, so stay tuned.
DEF CON in the news, Aviation Village Edition
From the article " Aviation security is taking off—and taking after car security" on the Parallax:
“The hackers, security researchers, government organizations, and private airlines involved in the aviation-hacking exhibition of the world’s largest hacking confab, held here in August, all say the chances of your next commercial flight getting hacked are extremely small. But the scenario is also the inspiration for DefCon’s “Aviation Village”: They want to keep it that way.”
Early Release Video: CDC Panel!
Some more early release video from DEF CON 27 to brighten your day - please enjoy the Cult of the Dead Cow panel. If you are familiar with cDc, you know why this is so cool. If you are unfamiliar, it's time to get familiar.
Soak in some True School vibes, learn some lore and pass it on.
DEF CON China 1.0 Badges Now in our Ebay Store!
#swagalert! If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on the DEF CON China 1.0 badge and lanyard, we have good news! We have a limited number of them available at our eBay store. Don’t delay - offer good while supplies last.
Early Release Video: Brent Stone - Reverse Engineering 17+ Cars in Less than 10 Minutes
To kick off your weekend, here's another DEF CON 27 early release video! It's a quick one - Brent Stone shows you a live demo of reverse engineering a bunch of passenger vehicle CAN networks in under 10 minutes.
The GitHub is here: https://github.com/brent-stone/CAN_Reverse_Engineering.
As always, enjoy and pass it on!
The Early Releases Keep on Coming!
Another DEF CON 27 early release video! Please enjoy Patrick Wardle's talk on 'Harnessing Weapons of Mac Destruction' - a fascinating walk through the process of subverting and weaponizing existing Mac malware and highlighting both the challenges and benefits of such an approach.
As always, pass it on.
Another DEF CON 27 Early Release: Joe Grand!
Another DEF CON 27 Early Release Video!
Joe Grand shares with you the secrets and mysteries of the DC27 badge. Get up to speed!
DEF CON 27 Early Release Video!
The first video in the early release chute is the Panel Discussion about DEF CON's exploration of the idea of running a SecureDrop. It's entitled "DEF CON wants to help hackers anonymously submit bugs to the government: Let's discuss."
You can join in the long-term conversation about this in the DEF CON Forums:
We're interested in your feedback. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
Book a Room for DEF CON 28!
DEF CON 27 is in the books, but it’s never too early to start planning for DEF CON 28! Well, maybe last week would have been too early. This week, however, is perfect.
The hotel registration link for DEF CON 28 at the Caesars Forum August 6-9, 2020 is open for business. If you want to make sure you get in on that sweet, sweet DEF CON room block action, we’re ready for you.
We <3 You!
The DEF CON community never ceases to amaze. Thanks for bringing your endless compassion, curiosity and enthusiasm to our little party and making it amazing. DEF CON <3 you and we're already looking forward to doing this again.
Press Roundup from DEF CON 27!
We’re in the final day of DEF CON 27, and it’s been pretty eventful. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the press coverage from this year’s con. Watch this space for a more complete list once we wrap.
NPR: Election Security Tested at DEF CON
Forbes: Warning as Macs Remotely Hacked by Malicious iPhone Cable On Sale for $200
Cnet: At DEF CON, Teaching Disinformation is Child’s Play
Threatpost: DEF CON 2019: Researchers Demo Hacking Google Home for RCE
The Parallax: A Hacker’s Fall Fashion Line Features Faux License Plates. Here’s Why
TechCrunch: 2020 and the Black-Box Ballot Box
Wired: Hackers Take on DARPA’s $10 Million Voting Machine