DEF CON Discord: https://discord.gg/defcon
DEF CON Movie Night: Algiers!
This week’s #defconmovienight selection is ‘Algiers’ nominated for 4 Oscars and American debut film of #hedylamarr - screen legend and patent holder for an early frequency-hopping ‘secret communication device’.
Join us Saturday at 8pm PDT (GMT-7) in discord.gg/defcon in movie-night-text and movie-night-voice
DEF CON Movie Night: D.O.A.!
DEF CON movie night returns 10/3 with another public domain jewel—1950 meta-noir ‘D.O.A’. Decades ahead of its time, DOA subverts the hardened gumshoe genre by forcing the protagonist to solve his own poisoning before he dies. It’s truly one of the greats—don't sleep on this one.
Join us at 8pm PDT (GMT-7) in discord.gg/defcon in movie-night-text and movie-night-voice. BYO Good-n-Plenty.
DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE Feedback Thread on the DEF CON Forums!
Now that #DEFCONSafeMode is in the books, we’ve got a thread for feedback on #defconforums. Share your stories, make suggestions, pass along your thoughts on our first virtual event. We are beyond grateful that so many of you took the leap of faith with us, and we want to hear from you.
DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE Contest Results!
Luminous humans of #DEFCON, #SafeMode is now in the books. The time to celebrate the many Contest Winners is at hand. We also celebrate everyone who competed - just the tiniest bit less, to keep everybody motivated. Congratulations to those who found glory. Encouragement and gratitude to those who didn’t this time. The real victory is the friends we made along the way, who were inside our hearts all along.
DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE Artwork Contest Winners!
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!
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!
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/html/defcon-safemode/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!
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!
Check out the DEF CON Safe Mode Speaker Page and Schedule!
It’s #defconsafemode alert time again! The main track talk schedule and speaker page for #defcon28 is now #live! Permission to get psyched is #granted. More announcements on the way!
This. Is. Happening.
DEF CON Safe Mode Music Lineup!
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!
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!
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.
Badgelife on the DEF CON Forums!
Attention #Badgelife enthusiasts - the #DEFCONForums has a dedicated thread for people who want to talk badges, including #safemode badges. Share, swap, sell, window-shop - join the conversation!
DEF CON Short Story Contest Still Open! Only One Week Left!
Reminder to all the hacker scribes out there - the DEF CON Safe Mode Short Story Contest closes July 1! Don't let procrastination rob you of your chance at glory and fabulous prizes!
Check Out the Con Calendar!
DEF CON Safe Mode Reminder:
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.
Black Lives Matter
To DEF CON, Black lives matter. Justice matters. Accountability matters.
Acts performed by those with a badge are performed by the consent of all of us - because the authority of the badge ultimately does not belong to its bearer. The authority of the badge is on loan from us, the people.
There are real inequities in the way the law is applied to Black people in America. These inequities, rooted in the very foundations of the country, are stubborn things. They persist, and we are all accountable for them. With that accountability comes an obligation to make things right, to see justice done wherever it’s been denied, and work for a better tomorrow.
We have donated $5,000 to The Bail Project and $5,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in hopes that our little company can show some solidarity with the movement and help build that better world we all want.
As far as I’m concerned, none of this is political, or even controversial. I’m not interested in debating anyone’s humanity, or anyone’s right to equal treatment under the law. Good faith discussions about the best way to do the right thing, however, are always welcome. Moments where real change is possible are rare. Let’s not waste this one.
- The Dark Tangent
Art courtesy of @spuxo on instagram
DEF CON China 2 is Canceled
We postponed the DEF CON China 2 event, hoping we'd be able to pick another date in 2020. Sadly, even now in mid-June we have too many unresolved concerns to go forward. We're cancelling DEF CON China 2, but we're hopeful we can return to Beijing in 2021. You can read DT's blog post about it in the DEF CON forums.
New DEF CON is Canceled Swag Up on our eBay Store!
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!
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!!!
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!
From ICS Village: Submit your CFP @defcon for the Village!
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!
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!
New DEF CON Groups Section on the DEF CON Forums
Over on the #defconforums we're building a whole new section for #defcongroups with mini forums for each #DCG! Share pictures, meeting info, project ideas, collaborate with other groups - make it yours.
Let's get them rocking!
2020 DEF CON CTF Quals Results!
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!/
2020 DEF CON CTF Quals are about to go live!
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.
DEF CON Safe Mode Swag Update - Women's Shirts Added
We’ve updated the DEF CON Safe Mode Swag page with Women’s cut shirts.
We’re gratified by the response from the hacker community and we’re working to create more options for commemorating #defconsafemode. Keep checking our site for updates. Thanks for your patience.
DEF CON 28 has entered Safe Mode.
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.