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Welcome to part five of our guide to Hacker Summer Camp! Today we are going to cover Special Interests Groups, Events and Parties! If you missed an earlier guide or want to skip back to other sections use our Table of Contents below:

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2018 GUIDE — Part One: Surviving Vegas

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2018 GUIDE — Part Two: BSides Las Vegas 2018

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2018 GUIDE — Part Three: Black Hat USA 2018

HACKER SUMMER CAMP 2018 Guide — Part Four: DEFCON 26

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Normally we would put this under the Party section of this guide but we at DEFCON 201 have made an executive decision to put this right on top due to it’s upmost importance.

Hacker Summer Camp at its core are a series of social events for anti-social people. Getting out their and mingling with old friends while making new ones is a core part of the experience at BSides LV, Black Hat USA and DEFCON. And while we like to think of the best of people, putting over 20,000 people in the same place will cause some bad actors to have the dumb. Here are a few tips and resources to surivive the trip:

— IT IS ALWAYS OK TO TELL SOMEONE “NO” AND IF THEY PERSIST TO TELL THEM TO FUCK OFF! Never be shy to do this. The ability to refuse something because of your choice is not only you right as a human being but also a core part of the Hacker Ethos that we feel has sadly eroded over time. Just because everybody is drinking, doing drugs and blowing each other to bad music around a pool does not mean you have to. No is always an answer and if you encounter any trouble contact DEFCON GOONFLEET SECURITY or if it’s even more severe, CALL NEVADA AUTHORITIES!

— If you see someone getting harrased verbally, mentally or physicall, DON’T BE A WALLFLOWER, HELP. This is how we breed Jacob Applebaums when people sit around and do nothing while horrible people get away with things. Even simply butting into a conversation will help a person in need. If you feel like you can’t do anything yourself, contact DEFCON GOONFLEET SECURITY or NEVADA AUTHORITIES to intervine. You also want to stay around to be a witness to document the incident. The more we look out of each other, the better of a community we will become.

— Remember those burner phones and that circle of trust? These events and parties is where it will come in handy. NEVER GO TO ANY PARTY OR EVENT ALONE. Always have a buddy looking out for you and vice versa. The more eyeballs, ears and hands the safer you and everyone else will be.

— Please TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS and REHYDRATE between intense physical activity at events and parties. Remember even at night, Nevada is very hot and alcohol and other chemicals will dehydrate you.

— If you are going to drink PLEASE EAT FOOD AND DRINK WATER BETWEEN DRINKS. We often talk about how much booze is downed before, during and after these activities but not only do you NOT have to participate but PACEING your drinking and eating food while drinking water between said drinks will help reduce your risk of alcohol posioning and hangover. Also, KNOW YOUR BODY LIMITS. Just because the new groupie you met can drink alcohol shots of 197 Proof (*cough*CoFounderSidepocketAlcholic*cough*) does not mean you have to. Stay with what you know and what you are comfortable with.

— Lastly about drinking and food, NEVER LEAVE YOUR DRINKS AND FOOD ALONE IN PUBLIC. Again, as much as we like to see the good in people, roofies and date rape can and will happen at major public events. If you left a beer out for instance for even 30 seconds without holding it or looking at it, get a new one and trash the old one. If you feel like you are in the proccess of being roofied, contact your CIRCLE OF TRUST and NEVADA AUTHORITIES. Here is also an excelent guide about Date Rape drugs and how nobody of no gender is safe: https://www.medicinenet.com/date_rape_drugs/article.htm

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You can reach DEF CON staff during normal hours of operation (8am to 4am) to anonymously report any behavior violating our code of conduct or to find an empathic ear by calling +1 (725) 867–7255. Trained community volunteers will be standing by to help any attendees.

More At: DEF CON 26 Support Resources!


Internet Access Registration: https://wifireg.defcon.org/

Emergency Numbers:

Fire / Police / Ambulance : 911

Poison Control : (702) 732–4989

Rape Crisis Center Hot Line : (702) 366–1640

Mental Health Crisis Unit : (702) 486–8020

HelpLine Numbers:

Gamblers Anonymous : (702) 385–7732

Alcoholics Anonymous : (702) 598–1888

Domestic Crisis Shelter : (702) 646–4981

Juvenile Court Services Abuse and Neglect Hot Line : (702) 399–0081

Youth Runaway Shelter : (702) 385–3330

Government Numbers:

Internal Revenue Service : (800) 829–1040

Department of Motor Vehicles : (702) 486–4368

Clark County District Attorney : (702) 455–4204

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) : (702) 385–1281

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms : (702) 388–6584

Health & Social Numbers:

American Red Cross : (702) 248–2770

Alzheimer’s Association Southern Nevada Chapter : (702) 248–2770

American Heart Association : (702) 367–1366

American Cancer Society : (702) 798–6877

American Lung Association : (702) 431–6333

United Way : (702) 455–4291

Senior Protective Services : (702) 455–4291

Clark County Social Services : (702) 455–4270

Salvation Army : (702) 649–8240

Transportation Numbers:

Traffic Hotline : 511

Amtrak Railroad : (702) 386–6896

McCarran International Airport : (702) 261–5211

Las Vegas Public Bus Transportation : (702) CAT-RIDE

Miscellaneous Numbers:

Information Assistance : 411

Information and Referral HELP of Southern Nevada : (702) 369–4357

Time / Weather : (702) 248–4800

Friends of Bill W at DEF CON 26

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For all those Friends of Bill W. looking for a meeting, or just a quiet moment to regroup from the Vegas of it all, we have you covered. There are meetings throughout DEF CON — Noon and five pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon on Sunday. The location is the same as last year, in Office 4 Behind the DEF CON Info Booth.

Friends of Bill — BLACK HAT USA 2018
hosted by Jamie Tomasello
Wednesday, August 8 | 3:00 PM— 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 9 | 3:00 PM–4:00 PM

This meeting provides a place for those to share stories of their lives on their paths to recovery, choosing a sober life, and their concerns regarding their use of alcohol. Friends of Bill W. and those practicing moderation management are welcome.

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No matter which convention you go to, you can always find a place to call home. Due to the many diverse activities, intrests and people that make them up there have been multiple faction groups that mingle among the hacker crowds. We have listed out hilights for these demographics as they representate a safe haven and a enviroment to learn their craft. Weather you want to do a deep dive into something out of your technological comfort zone or you want to meet likeminded people in these fields here is our list of special organzations you should check out!

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r00tz ASYLUM (and other Kids Activities)

Friday: 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00
Location: Milano III IV — Caesars

r00tz Asylum at DEF CON is a safe and creative space for kids to learn white-hat hacking from the leading security researchers from around the world. Through hands-on workshops and contests, DEF CON’s youngest attendees understand how to safely deploy the hacker mindset in today’s increasingly digital and prone to vulnerabilities world. Only after mastering the honor code, kids learn reverse engineering, soldering, lock-picking, cryptography and how to responsibly disclose security bugs. r00tz’s mission is to empower the next generation of technologists and inventors to make the future of our digital world safer.

VILLAGE SCHEDULE: https://r00tz.org/2018-schedule

Hilights — Friday, August 10

10:15 AM r00tz Badge by Pamela & Erik

11:30 AM Prototype This by Joe Grand

11:45 AM Capture Them All! by Bianca

1:00 PM — 4:00PM ~Capture the Flag (CTF) by NeverLAN CTF

Compete for awesome prizes and learn new security skills in this computer-based competition. Players will work on teams to earn points and gain control of the game map by completing both defense and offense challenges.

Hilights — Saturday, August 11

10:30 AM Superman, XMEN & You by Jason Taylor

10:45 AM Gamifying IR

1:00 PM — 4:00 PM ~ Drone Warz by Erin Patrick Owens

Drones are exciting for kids and the next generation of pilots will likely work in these fields in greater numbers than traditional pilots. These STEM programs focusing on drones encourage kids to kinetically interact with technology while learning how adaptations can be applied for functional use. Attendees will learn remote camera functions and setups, real flight controllers, simulated flights and drone functions, and fun and exciting adaptations.

This workstation will engage kids in:

  • Real Drone Gameplay with VR integration and high score award winners.
  • Building kits for small drones available for instructional construction and operation.
  • using 3–5 Drone and rf aircraft flight simulator stations and
  • Demonstrating the new wireless assault drone will be unveiled.
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Location: Virginia City — Flamingo

Skytalks is a ‘sub-conference’ that gives a unique platform for researchers to share their research, for angry hackers to rant about the issues of their industry, and for curious souls to probe interesting issues, all without the watchful eye of the rest of the world.

With a strict, well-enforced “no recording” policy, research that is underway or critical of a vendor can be aired to your peers. You are talking to other people in the computer underground, and very few topics are taboo.

They invite the best of how DEF CON has been: the best of the computer underground — in all its forms. Esoterica is as welcome as 0-day here.

Website: https://skytalks.info

Stalker In A Haystack

When: Fri, August 10, 10am — 11am

MasterChen @chenb0x

Stalker In A Haystack In 2015, I did a Skytalk called “Automate Your Stalking”. In that talk, I demonstrated how one can monitor a target by not following them directly, but by following their followers to and who they follow to get an idea of their social life without direct interaction. I felt bad for releasing a tool to enable potential stalkers, but not an antidote. This year’s presentation IS that antidote. I will be discussing how we can uncover those stalkers that lie in the shadows.

penetration testing sex toys: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe”

WhenFri, August 10, 1:30pm — 2:00pm

Renderman @internetofdong

The Internet of Dongs project took on the branch of IoT that no one wanted to touch; Internet connected sex toys and intimate wearables. Helping vendors and the public understand the unique challenges associated with privacy and security of these devices has had some “interesting” discoveries and revelations along the way. This talk will cover some of the wierd, bizarre, and sometimes intriguing discoveries that have been made along the way that may or may not have required mindbleach afterwards.

Real Simple Blue Team Shit

WhenFri, August 10, 6pm — 7pm


Real Simple Blue Team Shit “N00b friendly! While the vuln of the week club keeps finding new and fascinating technical exploits all the time, malicious actors keep using old and surprisingly uncomplicated methods; old and simple stuff still works. This talk, we’ll explore real shit aimed at a financial institution and what’s been effective at mitigating these old and simple attacks. If you’re starting out in blue team defense, you’ll come away real simple shit you can do to raise the cost to attackers doing the same old credential stuffing, phishing, and script-kiddie RCE attempts. While new technical vulnerabilities are found continuously, malicious actors often rely on tried and true methods to exploit. These exploits are surprisingly uncomplicated. In this talk, we’ll share attempts we’ve seen from malicious actors. We’ll break down actual attacks and share what’s been most effective in mitigating credential stuffing, phishing, and common RCE attempts. At the end of this talk, you’ll walk away with simple takeaways to raise the cost to attackers for these simple attacks.”

What happened behind the closed doors at MS

WhenSat, August 11, 9:00am — 9:30am

Dimitri @DimitriNL

What happened behind the closed doors at MS In the year 2000 several Microsoft sites have been hacked by a Dutch Hacker named Dimitri. Several subdomain servers, such as windowsupdate.m has been hacked. Not even once but twice in a short period of time. A secret meeting was planned by Microsoft with Dimitri. Why was it secretly? What actually happened behind the closed doors at MS? And why even after 18 years it is still a secret? This presentation includes some Mystery, Drama, Action & NSFW.

Macabre stories of a hacker in the public health sector (Chile)

WhenSat, August 11, 6pm — 7pm

Philippe Delteil @philippedeltei

Want to know what happens when a national wide network in the public health sector has no experts on cybersecurity? I will explain how I managed to get over 3 millions files including patients records, people with HIV, abortions and a long etc. And how I managed to get it fixed (spoiler: press was involved).

Facial Recognition — Let me let you in on a secret

WhenSun, August 12, 10am — 11am

Stumbles The Drunk @stumblesthedru

Facial Recognition is being inserted in to the authentication and verification process of our Driver Licences, Passports, and other unimportant government documents. Let’s talk about how it short falls and how to #$@! with it.

Game Runner 2049: The Battles Fought by the King of the Replicants

WhenSun, August 12, 1pm — 2pm

Nick Cano @nickcano93

Game Runner 2049: The Battles Fought by the King of the Replicants “XenoBot is an engineered player, provided to cheaters for use in-game. It’s enhanced reaction speed and inability to tire made it ideal for power leveling. After a series of technological breakthroughs, it’s use became ubiquitous and Tibia became a botter haven. The collapse of fair play in the early 2000’s led to the rise of DarkstaR, as his bot masked it’s synthetic properties and averted detection. Through XenoBot, DarkstaR acquired the keys to a line of botted characters that would silently obey and benefit him. Many usurpers — in-game guilds, software crackers, and DDoSers — came forth. They hunted him to prove themselves. Those he defeated still know him by the name… Game Runner This is a talk for gamers and hackers about the battles I fought during a decade selling an MMORPG bot. I’ll talk about what it was like to wield a surveillance system comprised of thousands of botted characters providing me with military-grade in-game intelligence. I’ll outline the lessons I learned fighting off massive DDoS attacks on my own, including how I turned the laser on a mirror. I’ll share a funny story about how serendipity convinced a forum that I had hacked them, as well as the the time I actually mass-hacked hundreds of users on a forum where child-porn was talked about with normalcy. I’ll go into how CloudFlare doxxed me to that forum and how I hacked my way to the top of the situation without anyone being the wiser. After these and other tales, I hope you’ll walk away from this talk laughing at my shenanigans while also having learned a few things about game development, hacking, and how to outmaneuver your opposition

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When: August 9–10, 2018

Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Website: https://www.dianainitiative.org/

The Diana Initiative is a computer security conference based in Las Vegas, Nevada aimed at supporting women in cybersecurity The first Diana Initiative conference took place in 2017. The Diana Initiative was founded by Cheryl Biswas, Virginia Robbins, Pablo Breuer, Elizabeth Etherington and Michael Smith. The 2018 conference is being held at Caesar’s Palace during DEF CON.

Keynote: Personal Branding as an Infosec Influencer — Building a Career From Scratch

Shannon Morse

Thursday: 9:45am — 10:50am

Anatomy of a Massive Malware Campaign

Emily Crose

Thurday, 11am — 11:50am

Violent Python (Hands-On Workshop)

Sam Bowne, Elizabeth Biddlecome, Dylan James Smith

Thursday, 1pm — 3:50pm


Makenzie Peterson

Thursday, 4pm — 4:50pm

CYA Sexual Harassment Training

Rebecca Long

Friday, 11am — 11:50am

Dress to Hack: Beyond the Hoodie

Sarah Gibson, Saleema Syed, Fahmida Rashid, Wendy Knox Everette

Friday, 2pm — 2:50pm

Secure digital identities for everyone, distributed crypto ledgers and you.

Evelyn Evergreene

Friday, 4pm — 4:50pm

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Queercon started 10 years ago as a hacker party inside of the annual Defcon hacker conference. Over the decade Queercon has grown into the largest social network of LGBT hackers from around the world. We continue to grow and now focus on outreach to the LGBT community within the IT Security and Hacker Spaces.

Our basic belief is that there’s more queers in geekdom than most people might think, so if we can meet a few of them, maybe make a few new friends, that sounds sweet to us. Of course, anyone queer-friendly is equally welcome, and cheers to you.

Website: https://queercon.org

Tuesday 8/7

7:00pm — 9:00pm BSidesLV Mixer

(Tuscany Suites Poolside)

To start off the week Queercon will have its annual Poolside Mixer at BSidesLV. If you’re in town for BSidesLV, swing by for a drink.

Wednesday 8/8

4:00pm — 6:00pm BlackHat Queercon Mixer [Blackhat Pass Req]

(Mandalay Bay, South Pacific G)

BlackHat welcomes Queercon back for an afternoon Mixer. Swing by the Mandalay Bay

and trek down to South Pacific G to meet and mingle with other LGBTQ BlackHat goers.

We may even bring a few surprise passes to the Queercon VIP Reception — Come by for your chance to win.

Thursday 8/9

11:00am — Noon Opening Ceremonies

(QC Lounge)

Speaker: Jason Painter

Welcome to Queercon 15. Whether this is your first year or your 10th, come learn about everything that we have going on for this year so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

3:00pm — 4:00pm Building a Culture of Consent in LGBT Tech — There’s No App for That

(QC Lounge)

Speaker: Jo Langford, M.A.

Facilitated conversation around consent, boundaries, the roles we assume in flirting, sexual attraction, and courtship, as well as how these play out differently in straight and queer cultures.

  • How do queer and straight social norms and concepts of boundaries, negotiation, and consent differ? How do these present differently online and in-person?
  • What are the queer equivalents of the concepts of rape culture, toxic masculinity and #MeToo? And how do these play out in gay, trans, and cross-culture interactions?
  • Given that queer culture gets so many other things “right,” what is queer culture’s responsibility in terms of the bigger picture of creating a culture of responsibility, respect, and consent?

4:00pm — 6:00pm Queercon Mixer

(QC Lounge)

Join us in the Queercon Lounge for the first Queercon Mixer of DEF CON. Come find old friends, and make some new ones, in the Queercon Lounge at Caesars. No DEF CON badge required; Open to all LGBTQ, as well as friends and allies.

8:00pm — 3:00am Kickoff Party

(QC Lounge)

Let’s get started! Join us in the Queercon Lounge starting for our Kickoff Party. Come mingle with everyone as we celebrate 15 Years of LGBTQ+ Hacking!

Friday 8/10

Noon — 1:30pm QC 15 Badge Talk

(QC Main)

Speakers: Evan MacKay, George Louthan, Jonathan Nelson

The Queercon Badge team has done it again. Come learn all of the secrets and struggles behind the Queercon 15 badge. You can also learn how to get a Queercon 16 badge and maybe there will be a few of this years around.

2:00pm — 3:00pm 50k Shades of Gay

(QC Main)

Speaker: Trever Faden

There’s a new app that lets you see who blocked you on Grindr. The cost? Your Grindr credentials and control of your account — including access to those NSFW photos you once sent. In 50k Shades of Gay, Trever explores how his app, C*ckBlocked, grew to national spotlight and gained the trust and credentials of 50,000 Grindr users over a 5 day period. Through reflection on his experiences, Trever identifies key vulnerabilities in today’s fast paced news cycles, how bad actors can exploit those weaknesses to gain public trust, and how we, as the good guys, can use technology to protect our community.

3:00pm — 4:00pm Women of Queercon

(QC Chill 1)

Whether trans, lesbian, bi, queer, or ally, all women are important and welcomed at Queercon. Join us for the Women of Queercon meetup.

4:00pm — 6:00pm Queercon Mixer

(QC Main)

Mix & mingle and don’t forget to upload to Dropbox. Join us in the Queercon Lounge for our afternoon mixer. Find some new friends and get a drink with our amazing Queercon bartenders.

Sponsored by: Dropbox

Saturday 8/11

Noon — 1:00pm Transgender Meetup

(QC Chill 1)

Queercon is a large and diverse community, and we embrace you for being you. Join us for the third annual transgender meetup — a safe and accepting place for all.

1:00pm — 2:00pm Keynote: Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

(QC Main)

Speaker: Christina Luconi (Chief People Officer, Rapid 7)

Diversity and inclusion are hot topics in today’s world, and yet few companies have nailed how to effectively build a truly inclusive workplace. In this interactive discussion, Luconi will share what Rapid7 is doing to tackle this head on, and share candid insights on the successes, challenges, and learnings she’s gained along the way. She’s on a mission to make the workplace an environment where every person feels like they have equal opportunity to thrive and excel, and she’s tackling it one candid conversation at a time.

3:00pm — 4:00pm Social Media Safety

(QC Main)

Speaker: Jesse Hitch

How did we end up becoming the products offered by the social media companies we use “for free” on a daily basis? We will explain the avenues which companies, such as Facebook or Google, use to track and compile analytics about everything we do. We then look at the headlines around the manipulation of our recent U.S. election, involving data brokers like Cambridge Analytica, how companies are gathering the metrics they do, and what you can do to stop it. The goal of this talk is to train the everyday user to be more mindful of privacy, while engaging in communities online.

3:00pm — 4:00pm QC Local Meetup

(QC Chill 2)

Last year Queercon launched our QC Locals groups and since then our Locals have been meeting-up all around the country. Have you attended a local meetup, yet? Come meet up with all of the other QC Local groups. Looking to start a QC Local chapter in your area? Come get all the info on how to grow Queercon into your area.

Sunday 8/12

Noon — 2:00pm Queercon Lightning Talks

(QC Equality Room)

Come watch (or give) a lightning talk. Speak on whatever interests you, from LGBT+ to OSCP. Slides are welcome, but not required for this open forum. Talks should be limited to no more than 15 minutes. First time speakers encouraged!

2:00pm — 3:00pm Closing Ceremonies

(QC Main)

That’s a wrap! As we close out Queercon 15, join us before the farewell mixer to find out all of the behind the scenes details that made Queercon so great this year, and find out what we have planned for Queercon 16.

3:00pm — 5:00pm Farewell Queercon Mixer

(QC Lounge)

Stay after the closing ceremonies and have one last drink with your new friends as we say goodbye to Queercon 15.

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DEAF CON (and other Dissabilities)

DEAF CON is a California 501 ©(3) Non-profit organization. We provide outreach to the Deaf and HH community and information security community. We encourage Deaf and HH information security professionals to attend conferences. We help to provide communication services and spaces for professionals to meet and network with others.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HH) security professionals to attend security conferences, like DEFCON; help those hackers with communication services; and provide a place for Deaf/HH to meet and network.

We are running a special gift for donations of $30. Head here to donate. You can pick up your shirt at the DEAF CON Lounge (Caesars Pool Level across from Track 3) once you have donated.

If you need ASL interpreting services, you can contact us via tweet or sign up for our DEAF CON Slack Channel. Sign Up for our Slack Channel for Defcon 26 here!

Hacking for Special Needs

Meetup on Thursday at 5:00 PM,
Located in Anzio at Caesars Palace

A Meetup for parents of children and individuals with special needs within the DEF CON community. The meeting is not only social but also a exchange of information and helpful tips to help improve the lives of families and individuals and to celebrate their place in the DEF CON community.

The DEAF CON Meet Up will be held on Saturday in the DEAF CON Lounge at 12 pm. Come hang out with some awesome people!

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Shabb@tCon are a group of religious Jews who get together at Defcon each year. We are trying to provide the infrastructure for religious Jews to attend the con by organizing minyanim, seudot, a track of talks on shabbat afternoon, and more. It’s a great gathering that can be a welcome respite from the crazy crowds at Defcon and an opportunity to discuss some very unique perspectives on hacking.


Candle lighting 19:18

Mincha/Kabalat/Maariv — 19:20

Shabb@t Kidush — 21:00

Tisch party — 22:40


Shacharis — 9:00

Shabbat meal — 12:00

Non-Fire Talks 14:00–19:00

Mincha — 19:00

Maariv ⁦ — 20:20

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The DEF CON Shoot is a public event that happens just prior to the DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is an opportunity to see and possibly shoot some of the guns belonging to your friends while taking pride in showing and firing your own steel, as well, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

The 2018 DEF CON Shoot will take place at the Cold Creek shooting spot just outside of Indian Springs, to the northwest of Las Vegas. This is the spot to which we moved in 2017.

For specific directions to the shoot site you can drop the following Lat/Long coordinates into a GPS device… 36.553, -115.654

Location: http://deviating.net/firearms/defcon_shoot/directions.html

Wednesday, August 8th

Rental Gear Setup — 07:00–10:00

Staff Setup — 10:00–11:00

Registration — 10:30–11:30

Intro & Safety — 11:30–12:00

Session 01–12:00–13:30

Session 02–13:30–15:00

Shoot Talk — 15:00–16:00

Suppressor Session — 15:15–15:45

Session 03–16:00–17:30

Session 04–17:30–19:00

Cleanup — 19:00–19:30

Unofficial Session — 19:30–20:30

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DEFCON 201 is a subchapter of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, a subsection of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Thus, we would like to hilight some of the many activitie being hosted by EFF to protect your privacy and digital rights across all three coventions at Hacker Summer Camp.

Join the Cause

EFF will be located in Main Hall and Silent Auction at BSides Las Vegas, the Business Hall at Black Hat USA and the Vendor area at DEFCON 26. Visit to talk to us about the latest in online rights, get on our action alert list, or donate to become an EFF member. We’ll also have our limited-edition DEF CON 26 shirts available! These shirts have a puzzle incorporated into the design. Try your hand at cracking it!

Ask The EFF at BSides Las Vegas!

Date: Wednesday, August 8th

Time: 5:00–6:55 PM

Location: Underground

“Ask the EFF” will be a panel presentation and unrecorded question-and-answer session with several staff members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the nation’s premiere nonprofit digital civil liberties group. Each staffer will discuss a particular issue that has been in the news or on EFF’s docket this year.

Nate Cardozo, Kurt Opsahl, Nash Sheard, Eva Galparin

Going to the BLACK HAT USA Business Hall?

For every Business Pass sold, Black Hat will donate $100 to EFF, up to a total of $50,000!

EFF Supporters’ Discount on Registration

Get a $200 discount on Black Hat Briefings registration! Just use promo code EFFbh18 when you register at https://blackhat.tech.ubm.com/usa/2018.

BLACK HAT USA Community Workshops

Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo will be hosting two community workshops at Black Hat USA, a new feature of this year’s event. These workshops are open to Black Hat Briefings badge-holders as well as Business Hall badge-holders, so please join us!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Five Things Security Researchers Need to Know about Computer Crime Law
Location: South Pacific 1J, North Hall

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 2:45 PM
What’s Going on in D.C. and What Does it Mean for InfoSec?
Location: South Pacific 1J, North Hall

EFF Talks At DEFCON 26

Disrupting the Digital Dystopia or What the hell is happening in computer law?
Nate Cardozo, Senior Staff Attorney and Nathan White, Access Now’s Senior Legislative Manager
1984 didn’t just happen because of a calendar. The world of 1984 was built by politicians who used the rule of law to change society into an oppressive surveillance state. In Washington D.C., politicians today are making decisions about what technologies we’re permitted to use and how they’ll be used in society. In this talk we’ll break down 4–5 bills currently under discussion in Congress and explain who they’ll impact the DEF CON community.
Octavius 13, Friday August 10 at 8:00 PM

DC26 Fireside Hax (AKA Ask the EFF)
Kurt Opsahl, Nate Cardozo, Katitza Rodriguez, Andres Arrieta, Nathan ‘nash’ Sheard, Jamie Lee Williams
Relax and enjoy a Fireside Hax chat while you get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the nation’s premiere digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the computer age. This Fireside Hax discussion will include updates on current EFF issues such as the government’s effort to undermine encryption (and add backdoors), the fight for network neutrality, discussion of our technology projects to spread encryption across the Web and emails, updates on cases and legislation affecting security research, and much more. Half the session will be given over to question-and-answer, so it’s your chance to ask EFF questions about the law and technology issues that are important to you.
Roman Chillout Room, Saturday August 11 at 8:00 PM

Tech Trivia Contest at DEFCON 26

Join us for some tech trivia! EFF’s team of technology experts have crafted challenging trivia about the fascinating, obscure, and trivial aspects of digital security, online rights, and Internet culture. Competing teams will plumb the unfathomable depths of their knowledge, but only the champion hive mind will claim the First Place Tech Trivia Cup and EFF swag pack. The second and third place teams will also win great EFF gear.
Contest Stage, Friday August 10 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Looking for Help?

As in past years, EFF staff attorneys will be present to help support the community. If you have legal concerns regarding an upcoming talk or sensitive infosec research that you are conducting at any time, please email info@eff.org. Outline the basic issues and we will do our best to connect you with the resources you need.

Read more about EFF’s work defending, offering legal counsel, and publicly advocating for technologists on our Coders’ Rights Project page.

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Established at DEF CON 18 the SEVillage at DEF CON has been the one-stop shop for all things social engineering. From our humble beginnings with a small room and our sound proof booth to now running 4 events and the “Human Track” where all the social engineering talks are given. The SEVillage at DEF CON is the place for not only our flag ship event, the Social-Engineer Capture The Flag (The SECTF), but also Mission SE Impossible, the SECTF4Kids and the SECTF4Teens!

Website: https://www.social-engineer.org/

My Stripper Name is Bubbles Sunset: What SEO Meme Marketing Means for Social Engineering ~ Hannah Silvers

Friday August 10 2018 — 3:30 PM — 30 Mins
You’re mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when you see your friend share a post and comment, “Mine is Bubbles Sunset!”

You click. It’s a meme that reads: “What’s your stripper name? It’s the name of your first pet and the first street you lived on! Comment with your answers, and share with your friends!”

Are alarm bells going off in your head yet?

Security-savvy internet browsers know to be on the lookout for the digital version of a mustached man in a trench coat, like emails selling discounted Viagra. But as you’ve gotten smarter about avoiding these obvious bids for information, attackers and online marketers have gotten subtler to persuade you to divulge personal information. Every second, users willingly divulge sensitive information in comments on social media memes like the stripper name post because they don’t see them as a threat.

In this talk, Hannah Silvers — social engineer and SEO marketing content strategist — brings the two worlds together. Using (hilarious) real-life examples, she will illustrate how social media memes are hotbeds of valuable PII for marketers and attackers alike, how these memes encourage users to engage with and share them, and the ways attackers can make use of them as an attack vector.

Of course, the talk won’t stop at the doom and gloom. The presenter will discuss implications to the work of security educators and what users can do to mitigate the risk these memes present once they understand how they work.

Swarm Intelligence and Augmented Reality Gaming ~ Nancy Eckert

Friday August 10 2018 — 7:35 P M— 30 mins
What do a flock of starlings, a colony of warrior ants, and a hundred-person flash mob all have in common with the red team? Swarm intelligence, the collective behavior of individuals acting autonomously, is a concept that we can apply to human systems to unlock their potential. Swarming methodologies teach a group of individuals what to do, where to go, and how to operate as a team.

Nancy Eckert (Pongolyn) explores swarm intelligence through augmented reality gaming, where
she leads teams of agents in capture-the-flag style competitions across the world. She shows how to apply social engineering strategies to groups of individuals, with the goal of achieving a collective intelligence that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Social Engineering from a CISO’s Perspective ~ Kathleen Mullin

Saturday August 11 2018–3:30 PM — 30 Mins
Social Engineering is a powerful tool. With the weapons gathered through Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering and well crafted vishing or phishing a Social Engineer wields incredible power to do good.

Unfortunately, for some the power of being a Social Engineer is one that they wield to show they are smarter than those around them and cause stress and fear doing damage to any potential relationship they or the department they represents.

This discussion will be about how to create meaningful, targeted phish and vish in an enterprise while strengthening information security from the real world perspective of a CISO as well as a few specifics to avoid. In conclusion this presentation will cover the importance of trust and how social engineering can help build or destroy trust.

On the Hunt: Hacking the Hunt Group

Saturday August 11 2018–5:50 — 50 mins
Dynamic duo DEF CON SECTF black badge winner Chris Silvers and ACE Hackware founder Taylor Banks return to the stage to take audiences on a hunt — of the hunt group, that is.

In this talk, Chris and Taylor will walk through the evolution of the “”you called me!”” vishing attack from 1980s phone pranking and 3-way calling to 2010s perceived phone system glitch exploits. You’ll learn how to engineer a successful “”simultaneous answer”” vishing call through reconnaissance, rapport-building, and attack. Most importantly, you’ll walk away with actionable strategies to prepare yourself and your organization against such attacks.

Oh, and the best part? Chris and Taylor will play real recordings of phone system glitch vishing calls on stage. Listen (and laugh) to what worked and what didn’t, then learn a little something through an interactive analysis of each call with the presenters.

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The Medical Industry is one of the last to be touched by technology. We have placed doctors and the study of medicine on an alter for years; the time of ivory towers, pedestals, and information isolation has come to an end. Biohackers are working on projects that have traditionally been kept in the labs of the medical institutions. We are moving science forward by working on DIY projects that matter and use citizen science to solve the economic problems that are caused by privatizing medicine and the resources for research. Our goal is to extend beyond the scope of mission driven technology. This event and the community behind it place a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusiveness, education, collaboration, and contribution. The BioHacking Village is also focused on helping developers learn the skills and other factors associated with successful careers in biotechnology and software development. The event aims to provide opportunities to interact with like-minded scientists and developers, to learn from one another, as well as help each other see opportunities that may be available.

Website: http://villageb.io

Speaker: Mr. Br!ml3y

Editing genes is getting easier as knowledge of various genomes and technology advance. Malicious actors creating novel or custom infectious agents are a growing concern. This presentation explores use of Cyber Kill Chain methodology to detect and disrupt potential bioterrorist activities. Each link in the chain is defined and examined to identify potential attack indicators and countermeasures, discussing notable bottlenecks in each step. The goal is to apply existing information security knowledge and paradigms to counter the would-be bioterrorist. This talk will include brief discussions of current gene editing methods (CRISPR-CAS9, ZINCFINGER) for the lay person. Familiarity with the Cyber Kill Chain would be useful.

Speaker: Robert Portvliet

To quote Bob Marley “If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from”. This talk is a retrospective on the last ten years or so of medical device security research, intended to bring hackers interested in this discipline up to speed on what has been accomplished to date, how it was done, why it matters and where we stand today. This talk will timeline all the major events in medical device security research, describing in technical detail what was accomplished and how. This should make evident some of the systemic vulnerability classes present in medical devices and hopefully give the medical device security researchers of tomorrow a good idea of where to start looking. It will also cover some of the basic tools and techniques needed to get started in this discipline, as well as some of the practicalities involved in obtaining devices, firmware and information on various classes of medical devices and how differences in attack surface may influence your choice of devices to target for research.


Speaker: BiaSciLab

The WaterBot is designed to dispense liquid (water, plant food, MS Media) and report how much and when it was administered. Designed, engineered and programed by 11 yr. old BiaSciLab, the WaterBot is open source and scaleable. Come see how you can hack it to help hack your plants!

Speaker: John Dunlap

Recent advances in genetic sequencing and modification technology have made the goal of storing data in living cells an attainable goal. In this talk John Dunlap will cover the history of attempting to encrypt secrets into living cells, and discuss his own experiments encrypting secrets in living cells with affordable lab equipment. John will discuss lab methods, suitable encryption algorithms, and methods for detecting data tucked away in innocuous model organisms, as well as potential issues with the concept of DNA as data storage. John will also present his own software tool for converting data into a suitable form for storage in Living organisms.

Speaker: Gabriel Bergel, Rodrigo Quevedo:

“The talk is about the project “Over Mind”. That it is a neuro wheelchair control software developed to help people with different physical abilities who have reduced mobility and use wheelchairs, by capturing data provided by neuro sensors or other sources of information, the software converts them into an order of movement to one or several engines, allowing the movement of a wheelchair. “Over Mind” will allow you to control any adapted electric wheelchair. You can also control an exoskeleton or other mechanism that facilitates the mobility of people. We have managed to control a high-tech robot using our Over Mind software and using a sensor provided by Neurosky The Problem: The 1% of the world population cannot move by itself, for various reasons such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), accidents and others, 50,000,000 people. Over Mind is a a low-cost technology/system developed in Chile, designed to give mobility to 1% of the world population, increasing its available physical capacities allowing people with zero or reduced mobility to MOVE and carry out activities on their own, granting freedom and autonomy. The year 2016 Over Mind participated in the contest “”An idea to change history””, organized by History Channel together with 5,800 projects and it was the only Chilean project that finished among the four finalists.”


Speaker: Anne Kim

Thanks to the use of DNA in criminal investigations, hundreds of innocent people have been exonerated from crimes they did not commit. DNA has also been used to used to arrest suspects in cold cases! In my presentation I will give a primer on the techniques used for DNA profiling and the statistics for false positives. The bulk of my presentation will be looking into the vulnerabilities of current DNA profiling methods and how a malicious actor could actually reconstruct enough genotypic information of any innocent person from just a picture of their face. This is based on recently published Nature Genetics research and extends the methods to suggest that it would only take ~50 million face:genotype samples to have a sufficient genotypic mapping that would allow someone to recreate your 23andMe profile (602,000 SNPs) from a selfie.

Speaker: Veronica Schmit

The increase of pace in the technology field has left the race for manufacturers to increase the security in medical devices. There is the theoretically possibility that your heart can be pwned. Pacemakers have become part of the internet of things. We are putting our hearts on display. This is my journey from regular hacker to gen-one cyborg to pwning my own heart that I can own the vulnerabilities to fix it. We forget that these are devices connected to flesh and blood, a person who depends on this device to have just one more heart beat. This is a journey into the inner sanctum of living with a vulnerable device in a time where technology progression has left behind security. We can no longer have security by obscurity when it comes to devices which cyborg’s like me depend on.We should not be in the business of sacrificing security for convenience or power. As a patient, I would rather sleep knowing my device has been hardened and have the inconvenience of replacing it more regularly than the converse. I feel that we, as the security community, should be addressing and assisting medical manufacturers with the security vulnerabilities in the devices that literally keep people alive. There should be more effort placed on addressing the security vulnerabilities. The simple fact is we are not dealing with just ones and zeroes. This is, for some, a life or death situation.

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Blue Team Village at DEF CON (BTV) promotes defensive security knowledge and its dissemination throughout the otherwise offensive security focus that is DEF CON. At the BTV, attendees will find valuable information on defensive security techniques, tools, research and concepts from industry leading experts, ranging in entry-level overviews through bleeding edge research. BTV focuses on the knowledge and experience needed in today’s threat landscape, highlighting the hardening of environments, detection of intrusions, response to known incidents and addressing modern business requirements all geared to challenge the offensive security research addressed in the other DEF CON venues.

In additional, a defensive-focused Capture the Flag (CTF) provides a contest format for both experienced and entry-level defenders to hone their skill set with a wealth of challenges.

AUTHORS NOTE: We at DEFCON 201 have this pet peeve that too much of hacking focuses on Red Team Offence that it leaves Blue Team Defence anemic. We chose to hilight the Blue Team Village to call awareness for Blue Team technique and tools that are often forgotten in our community.

Website: https://blueteamvillage.org/

Friday: 10:00–18:00, Saturday: 10:00–14:00, Sunday: 10:00–14:00
Location: Savoy — Flamingo

10:00 AM–10:20 AM ~ Automating DFIR: The Counter Future
10:40 AM–11:30 AM ~ Cloud Security Myths
11:50 AM–12:10 AM ~ Effective Log & Events Management
12:30 AM–1:20 PM ~ Evolving security operations to the year 2020
1:40 PM–2:30 PM ~ Hacking Your Dev Job to Save the World — Where Programming and Hacking Meet
2:50 PM–3:40 PM ~ How not to suck at Vulnerability Management [at Scale]
4:00 PM–4:40 PM ~ SAEDAY: Subversion and Espionage Directed Against You
5:10 PM–5:00 PM ~ Stop, Drop, and Assess your SOC
6:20 PM–7:00 PM ~ Open Source Endpoint Monitoring

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You are in Vegas…it’s TIME TO PARTY! Starting out with it’s origins as a fairwell party for a friend who didn’t show, Hacker Summer Camp has evolved into a myriad of event meet ups, fundraisers and dance offs that will overwhealm the newcomer. Below is a hilighted list of every event that stood out for us to attend. This does NOT contain the list of every single party, we recommend checking out this callender for a complete listing of activities around the con:

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Thursday, August 9th | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Black Hat Review Board member Jeremiah Grossman will host the 8th Annual Las Vegas BJJ Smackdown off-site during Black Hat USA.*

View the Promo Video and email me@llanagrossman.com for more information and participation details.

  • Please note this event is not run or managed by Black Hat

Toxic BBQ

Event | Location: Sunset Park, Pavilion F, (36.0636, -115.1178)
Thursday: 16:00–22:00

The humans of Vegas invite everyone to sear their meat in the searing heat! Kick off the con at Sunset Park, Pavilion F on Thursday afternoon with meat, beer, and conversation at this unofficial welcome party. Burgers and dogs are provided; contribute the rest as you can (more food, drinks, grilling, donations, and rides). This event is off-site, so watch the Info Booth @dcib for carpool times and event updates.

DEF CON DinnerCon

Friday, August 10th ~ 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

Location: The Park ~ T-Mobile Area

Lawyer Meet

Meetup on Friday at 19:00,
located in Carson City at Flamingo

If you’re a lawyer (recently unfrozen or otherwise), a judge or a law student please make a note to join your host Jeff McNamara at 18:00 on Friday, August 10th, for a friendly get-together, followed by dinner/drinks and conversation.

Hacker Karaoke

Party on Friday and Saturday at 20:00,
located in Emperors Ballroom at Caesars Palace

Two great things that go great together! Join the fun as your fellow hackers make their way through songs from every era and style. Everyone has a voice and this is your opportunity to show it off! Quickly becoming a DEF CON tradition and a favorite of people from all skill levels.

DEF CON POOL (on the roof) PARTY

Friday, August 10th, 8:00 PM at the Flamingo HOtel

DEFCON MUSIC will be bringing the tunes with Skittishandbus, DJ Alexi, Icetre Normal, Azuki (aka Bcrypt) and s7a73fam on decks! For more information follow https://twitter.com/defcon_music


Fri, August 10, 2018

8:30 PM — 11:30 PM PDT

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel (Mesquite Room)

A Party thrown by Veterans for everyone! Come join in as veterans from all branches come together to celebrate and take on challenges that you only hear about in movies. Space force recruiting? Airmen in a chair race? Military drill displays? All this and more. It’s time to raise hell the way our people in uniform are famous for.

Cubcon 2018

Caesar’s Palice ~ Friday Augsut 10th, 7:00 PM

A one night event celebrating newcomers to DEFCON and the industry.
Creating a space where veterans and newcomers alike can meet, talk, and form personal and professional support networks.

Exact location will be printed on our badges, which we will be handing out in person at DEFCON.

For more information, please reach out to us at @_cubcon.


Meetup on Friday at 20:30,
located in Laughlin at Flamingo

Do you participate in the DEF CON subreddit? This Meetup is for you! A gathering of the denizens of /r/DEF CON while at DEF CON to mingle and meet face to face. Newcomers and veterans alike are welcome to meet and greet while sharing the DEF CON experience.


Event | Location: Chill Out Lounge
Saturday: 12:00

DEAF CON is a California 501 ©(3) Non-profit organization. We provide outreach to the Deaf and HH community and information security community. We encourage Deaf and HH information security professionals to attend conferences, like Defcon. We help to provide communication services and spaces for professionals to meet and network with others. Anyone can come and attend our meet up and hangout!

More Info: https://www.deafconinc.org/

Hacker Flairgrounds

Meetup on Saturday at 20:30,
located in Laughlin at Flamingo

This is the Meetup destination for badge collectors, designers, and prototypers that you have been waiting for! A social environment to show off you custom badges, discuss projects to make you own badges and to talk to collectors who cherish your work. Flashing LEDs, crafting time, trading, and the celebration of badge craft all in one.


Saturday, August 11th, Night in Nobu

Information Security Conferences are a very enjoyable experience that change dramatically as you begin to know more people from within the community. One of the biggest lessons is that your network of people is extremely valuable! In an effort to do that, I have worked to go to at least one new information security conference per year.

Having been to over 50 cons, I have found way too many night-time events where its difficult to impossible to have a decent conversation with someone next to me. “Hacker Summer Camp” which consists of Defcon, Blackhat and BSidesLV seem to be large enough to support a strong quiet event where people can continue intellectual conversation at night without getting plastered and without blaring music. As several of us expressed frustration over the noise in public areas while trying to have a conversation, the idea of “QuietCon” was born and shortly thereafter, @Quiet_Con was created. This will be a room in Caesar’s Palace dedicated to quiet conversation at night!

Sunday: Breakfast at DEF CON

Nurse your hangover by having Breakfast at DEF CON this Sunday. You’re invited to this yearly ritual with Hackaday and Tindie. We’re celebrating the beginning of the end with coffee and pastries beginning at 10:30 am in the Hardware Hacking Village.

Head over to the Breakfast at DEF CON event page and hit the “follow event” button to keep on any new info about the event.

Extra internet points go to those who bring some hardware to show off… and especially for anyone who is making this the end of their Saturday rather than the beginning of Sunday. We had tons of great hacks show up last year and want to outdo ourselves this time around.

Come hang out with too many Hackaday and Tindie folks to list here. Also don’t forget to check out the SMD Challenge throughout the weekend.


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Join us at the Tuscany pool on Wednesday night from 10:00 PM–4:00 AM!

Don’t forget your swimsuit and conference badge!


Tuesday, August 7 / 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM
1923 Bourbon Bar

Prohibition Party! Join Demisto & JASK at the 1923 Bourbon Bar. Travel back in time to imbibe boot-legged drinks, roll personalized cigars, and whisper secrets to strangers. Shhhhh… Invite only.

Distil Networks

Tuesday, August 7 / 8:00 PM–12:00 MIDNIGHT
Light Night Club at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

Distil Networks, the experts at protecting websites mobile apps, and APIs from automated attacks, is hosting the biggest party at Black Hat!

Help us kick off Black Hat 2018 at the Light Up the Night Party. Join us for a night where security, live music from Biz Markie, and networking collide for the ultimate party experience.


Wednesday, August 8 / 7:30 PM–10:30 PM
LIGHT Nightclub, Mandalay Bay

Join Optiv at LIGHT Nightclub in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Wednesday, August 8 from 7:30pm-10:30pm! LIGHT Nightclub features world-class DJs, video mapping, lighting, exciting special effects and performers!


Wednesday, August 8 / 8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Ri Ra Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay

Who wants to party with a spy? Join Jack Barsky former KGB spy over cocktails at the most authentic Irish pub in Vegas! First 50 guests will receive a free signed copy of Jacks book. Space is limited. Register here.


Wednesday, August 8 / 7:30 PM–10:00 PM
Skyfall Lounge, Delano Hotel

Game on! Black Hat’s premiere party, LEVEL UP, is back! Join ZeroFOX and a few foxy friends in our retro arcade featuring over 200 of gaming’s greatest titles. Enjoy 180-degree views of the strip while sipping on Sin City’s swankiest cocktails — PacManhattan, anyone? Registration is required.


Meetup Date and Time TBA

We want a flashmob to get all the goths in one spot. To make friends! To get dressed up! Find out more info via @clevrcat and follow #DCgothcon

Day Wolf Kick-Off Party 18+

Join DEFCON Furs in our suite as we kick off a weekend of hacking and shaming IOT makers with a fun place to meet and hangout. We will have free booze, food, and music — what more do you need?

Featuring fresh tracks mixed live by Alexi Husky aka DEMöNīC BEATS / @demonicbeats

Quiet Party

Thursday, August 9th ~ Diana Intiative ~ 8pm — 11:45pm

Come join us for a night of quiet networking and game play. We will have a variety of board and card games available.


Thursday, August 9th ~ 8:00pm — 3:00am

Let’s get started! Join us in the Queercon Lounge starting for our Kickoff Party. Come mingle with everyone as we celebrate 15 Years of LGBTQ+ Hacking!

DefCon FETLIFE Kink Munch

Date & Time: August 09, 2018 ~ 8:00 PM –10:00 PM

Location: Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesar’s Palace

3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 @ map

Dress code: Anything you want. It’s DefCon after all.

It’s about time we had a munch at DefCon. Come hang out with other tech-minded kinksters in a shame-free environement. This munch is for everyone who identifies as kinky, regardless of gender, ethnicity, kink, sexuality, experience level, etc.

Join the DefCon FetLife Group to keep up with any discussions.

Remember: Many of us are attending DefCon with co-workers, so please be careful not to out anyone.

UPDATE: Look for This BDSM Flag to find us.


August 10th, 2018 | 5:00 PM — 10:00 PM

Are you an experienced and talented researcher? Join the Cobalt SecOps team for some drinks and appetizers. We’ll be hosting a suite at the Flamingo Hotel for security and development members to hangout and network on Friday evening. So come say hi!

  • Food, drinks and gaming
  • Chill with the Cobalt Core Security Team
  • Bring your peers!


Party on Friday at 8:30 PM,
located in Scenic at Flamingo

Part contest, part open discussion of security, part talent show and 100% fun! Join the folks from GEEKPWN for a evening of entertainment with a focus on information security from China. Expect contests, serious discussion, music, and an enviroment open to your ideas.


Party on Friday at 8:30 PM,
located in Virginia City at Flamingo

Party on Saturday at 8:30 PM,
located in Pool at Flamingo

What can one say but “303 Party” to let you know where the mayhem will be? Join the members of the 303 organization as they redefine pool Party with their own music, entertainment, and mile high shenanigans! A repeat favorite of DEF CON attendees, with DJ’s from acro.

QUEERCON 15 Pool Party

Friday, August 9th ~ 8:00pm — 3:00am

Break out your speedo and get your unicorns ready. Come join us for our epic pool party at Palms Place rooftop pool. Once again the amazing Queercon DJ’s will be keeping us going as we celebrate 15 years of LGBTQ+ Hacking in the way that Queercon knows best — a massive pool party.

Free Shuttle from the front loading area at Caesaers to Palms Place starting at 7:45PM. 21+ with ID.

Featuring: DJ Pumpkin Spice, Skittish & Bus, and Bret Law

Loud Party

Friday, August 9th ~ Diana Intiative ~ 8pm — 11:45pm

Come dance the night away to some sweet beats dropped by our DJ Tineh Nimjeh

Day Wolf Party 21+

Join DEFCON Furs in our suite for another round of hookers and blow vendorless partying and hatless labels. We will have booze, food, and 3 DJ’s dropping beats all night.

DJ Line up:

6pm: Kicking things off with energy we have Kaworu aka the Happy House Husky!

8pm: Up next we have Metavulp aka DJ Vulp!

10pm: And to top off the night we will have another round of Alexi Husky aka DEMöNīC BEATS!


Party on Saturday at 8:30 PM,
located in Carson City at Flamingo

Check your ego at the door, grab some building materials and join in the celebration of the creativity and originality that is the pillow fort! A host of DJs will be spinning from a pirate ship as you share and create your own unique environment. All aboard!

Hackers Belong Party with Hak5

Saturday, August 11th ~ 7:00pm — 10:00pm

Join the Hackers Belong social and Hak5 Meetup presented by the Wireless Village. Hear inspiring personal stories from community members, and how they have overcome adversities all too common in our industry. Come share in the conversation, mix with peers and enjoy some Hak5 hospitality.

Lonely Hackers Club

Party on Saturday at 8:30 PM,
located in ElDorado Ballroom at Flamingo

If only Sergeant Pepper had owned a Commodore 64! Come meet the people you communicate with on a daily basis in person as you dance and chat the night away. Just keep in mind that this IS Las Vegas and when you wake up in the morning those marriage certificates are still binding!

SECKC the World

Party on Saturday at 8:30 PM,
located in Mesquite at Flamingo

A Tiki themed gathering of the people who make up seckc.org. Come get a taste of this slice of hacker culture as you Party the night away. The hotel won’t let us have Tiki torches so grab some glow-sticks and bamboo and help the theme while live DJs keep your feet moving.

QUEERCON 15 Rainbow Ball

Saturday, August 9th ~ 8:00pm — 3:00am

Who needs a black and white ball when we have a Rainbow Ball?! The Queercon Lounge turns into the biggest dance party, and keeps going all night long.

Featuring: DJ Andrew Gibbons, Brett Law, and Skittish & Bus!

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Arcade Party

Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 10:30 PM

Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 S Las Vegas Blvd. Red Rock — Executive Conference Center on Lower Level

Relive once again the experience of the arcade at DEF CON. From classics to a custom built 16 player foosball table! Jam out to a DJ battle with Dual Core and Keith Myers while taking another swipe at that high score on your favorite classic video games. No quarters required! This party is open to all DEF CON 26 attendees. Registration is not required.

This EPIC party is sponsored by: SCYTHE, GRIMM, ICS Village, Car Hacking Village, & Novetta!

DEFCON Rouge Tea Party

Ceasar’s Palice 503 Suite ~ Sunday, August 12th, 2:00 PM

Not Organized by Bcrypt, don’t bring your kettles, your favorite teas or tea related gear.

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DEFCON Furs Private Event 21+

  • Private Event — Invite Only
  • Sunday, August 12th ~ 7:00pm
  • Uranus

If you know, you know.

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Thank You For Reaching the End of the HACKER SUMMER CAMP Guide by DEFCON 201! Enjoy your time and we hope all this information has been useful!


North East New Jersey DEFCON Group Chapter. Dirty Jersey Represent! We meet at Sub Culture once a month to hack on technology projects! www.defcon201.org

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