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DEF CON 28 Hacking Conference

DEF CON SAFE MODE

DEF CON Discord: https://discord.gg/defcon

DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE Artwork Contest Winners!

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We want to offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered the DEF CON Safe Mode Art Contest. We’re always amazed at the level of talent in this community.

This year’s runner up is a stylish meditation on the profusion of connectivities that characterize modern life by Rita Tu.

Much like Highlanders, however, in the end there can be only one. This year’s highlander is @hannahdiazart. The entry has both wide-eyed discovery (very on theme) and boxes full of random electronics (super relatable). Also a robot dinosaur. It communicates something about the hacker spirit that is both warm and life-affirming.

Congratulations to Hannah and Rita and thanks again to everyone who participated.

SAFE MODE Content is Live!

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To get the party started, we’re releasing a bunch of the content early. Over on the media server, we’ve got all of the main stage talks and materials, the soundtrack, demo labs, art, CTF, music - take what you like. Completists out there, we see you. There’s a very thicc torrent file as well. Take some time to watch the talks you’ve been waiting for at your leisure, so you’re ready for the live Q&A sessions starting Thursday. This will be the first DEF CON where you won’t have to pick between main stage talks and the rest of the show, so take advantage. If you had plans, we apologize.

So close now!

Upgrade to Human Plus, and Show your Support!

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DEF CON Safe Mode is almost here! We hope you’re as excited as we are. For everyone looking to support DEF CON in this unusually difficult time, we have a new option for you to consider - Human PLUS.

Safe Mode is free to all Humans, but you can upgrade to Human Plus for $20 USD on the DEF CON Discord for a few upgraded privileges. You get stuff like the ability to post pics and links, change your nick, access to Plus only chill out rooms and the good feeling that you’ve helped keep DEF CON alive until we meet again in Vegas. The information is all spelled out on https://defcon.org/dc-safemode-plus.html.

Your support makes DEF CON possible, and we appreciate all the encouragement and enthusiasm you’ve brought to this first-time online event. Thanks for sticking with us - we can’t wait until we get to do it again in person. DEF CON hearts you.

DEF CON Safe Mode Villages Are Live!

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More DEF CON Safe Mode News - The Villages Page is LIVE! Check out the 30 (!) villages that are taking part and start planning your Con. Links are provided to the appropriate DEF CON forum nodes for each village and the various info you’ll need to participate. We’re almost there, people. #getpsyched!

Demo Labs are Back for Safe Mode!

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The ever-popular DEF CON Demo Labs are returning for #defconsafemode! Support open-source hotness and the work of your fellow hackers and maybe even get some inspiration for your own projects. The full list of offerings is live on the DEF CON Demo Labs Page!

DEF CON Safe Mode Music Lineup!

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Here at the DEF CON Research Institute, we’ve been working hard to unlock the perfect blend of mind-expanding content and sweaty dancefloor abandon that makes the perfect Con experience. You’ll be happy to know that we’re applying that research to the #defconsafemode experiment.

Friday and Saturday night, we’ll be providing tasty beats from the likes of Miss Jackalope, Skittish and Bus and Ninjula. Head over to the Safe Mode Entertainment Page for the complete lineup.

DEF CON Safe Mode Badges are Here!

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The DEF CON Safe Mode badge is here! This year’s model is created by the inimitable LostboY, veteran DEF CON badge and Mystery Challenge creator. While the physical format may be unfamiliar to the youngest among you, seasoned players will recognize it as a ‘cassette tape’ - an analog recording format consisting of a ribbon of magnetic tape and a plastic housing to keep your dirty fingers away from said tape. More on the DEF CON Safe Mode Badge Page

DEF CON Safe Mode Link Roundup!

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DEF CON Safe Mode is almost here! If you’re just getting around to checking out the offerings, here’s a little roundup of the stuff you need to know.

Visit the Forums: The planning for the many events of DEF CON Safe Mode is all happening on the DEF CON Forums. Whether you want to register for an event, offer to help out with a village, or just get a start on planning your DC weekend, you can find the relevant thread in the DC28 planning forum.

#Badgelife is still in effect: The DEF CON community creates a lot of really amazing badges, many of which are available for sale and/or trade. You can catch up with the community badges on the DEF CON Forums #badgeleife thread. You can also follow the hashtag #badgelife on Twitter and Instagram.

Of course, DEF CON has a badge this year, too. We’ll be announcing it quite soon. It’s the creation of returning puzzle master LosT (@1o57), so you’ll want to set aside some time to unock its mysteries.

Swag: If you’re wondering how to get your hands on DEF CON Safe Mode swag this year, we’ve got you covered over on the DEF CON eBay store!

So dive in! Get yourself set up on Discord and Twitch, fire up the DEF CON stream on soma fm for some musical inspiration and get your mind right. DEF CON 28 will be upon us before you know it.

NEW Safe Mode Swag in the Shop!

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We’ve got some brand new #DEFCONSafeMode items available at the DEF CON eBay store - a very cool pin, new flag, and a new tee and hoody with our beloved Jack in #glitchmode. Tighten up your Zoom game with a fresh new look!

Check Out the Con Calendar!

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We’re keeping a calendar over on the DEF CON Forums with all the deadlines for content. As a bunch of these deadlines are imminent, it’s worth throwing a bookmark down on it. While you’re there you can also get involved in all sorts of planning discussions - your help and feedback are a big part of making this happen. Don’t miss the opportunity to help shape DEF CON Safe Mode.

New DEF CON is Canceled Swag Up on our eBay Store!

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Swag alert! The DEF CON store has a ton of new #DEFCONisCanceled goodies for your delectation. The much requested mask is here, along with hats, pins and stickers. Thanks to everyone for your support while we construct #defconsafemode - stay tuned for even more new swag items in the coming days! Stay safe, and stay in touch.

DEF CON SAFE MODE Village Activity is Growing!

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DEF CON Safe Mode is growing fast - check out these links to some of the Villages that are signing up to take part! New CFPs are opening up by the day. But don't stop there - jump into the forums and join the discussion. Your feedback is a crucial part of creating a great Con, so join us as we build this thing out. Exciting, ain't it?

From IOT Village: >> https://twitch.tv/iotvillage << Make sure to follow IoT Village on Twitch to get updates about our talks that go live on May 28th and 29th along with the talks that will be hosted there later this year for our @defcon CFP!!!
https://twitter.com/iotvillage/status/1262574224855744514?s=21

From Crypto and Privacy Village (@CryptoVillage): We're back! Our Call for Participation is officially open! For details on the Crypto & Privacy Village: Glitched CFP - check out our site!
https://twitter.com/CryptoVillage/status/1263184313861865473

From ICS Village: Submit your CFP @defcon for the Village!
https://twitter.com/ICS_Village/status/1265653986230763520

From the Voting Village: Reminder: @defcon Voting Machine Hacking Village @VotingVillageDC speaker track CFP is OPEN! Call for Papers deadline June 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM PT
More information : https://forum.defcon.org/node/232527#post232527

DEF CON eBay Store is Back!

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The DEF CON eBay store is back online! Thanks for bearing with us while we got everything sorted out. DEF CON Safe Mode merchandise (and all other DC merch, for that matter) will be available only on the DEF CON eBay store.

Stay tuned for new #defconiscanceled items, stay safe, and stay in touch with us on the DEF CON FORUMS!

2020 DEF CON CTF Quals Results!

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Congratulations to A*O*E, the winners of the DEF CON Safe Mode CTF Qualifiers, and our heartfelt thanks to the amazing team at Order of the Overflow for hosting a great event.

This year's @defcon Quals are over, but you don't have to stop yet! The scoreboard has been made static and the challenges are still available! Everyone can see challenge info, interact with the challenges (they'll stay up for a few days) and check the flags they can retrieve!/

https://scoreboard.oooverflow.io/#/
@oooverflow

2020 DEF CON CTF Quals are about to go live!

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The moment has arrived - the DEF CON CTF Quals are happening TODAY! Winner gets a seat at the DEF CON Safe Mode CTF event and a shot at everlasting glory. We wish the best of luck to all the contestants. Stay up to date with all the CTF updates by following our brilliant hosts, Order of the Overflow.

Godspeed, one and all.

https://www.oooverflow.io/
@oooverflow

DEF CON 28 has entered Safe Mode.

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The ‘DEF CON is canceled’ meme has crossed over into real life, courtesy of COVID-19. In early March we had hopes that things would be stable by August. That is no longer realistic. Currently there’s no way to gather everyone together and keep them safe, so The Dark Tangent has decided to cancel the in-person event.

We will try an experiment this year - an online DEF CON. Please read The Dark Tangent’s more detailed thoughts on the situation and then head over to the Forums to get involved. There is a DEF CON Safe Mode FAQ that should help to answer common questions.

We wish there was better news, but we hackers are a resilient bunch. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch so we can all be together virtually this August 6-9 and again for DEF CON 29 in person.