Started in 1992 by the Dark Tangent, DEF CON is the world’s longest running and largest underground hacking conference. DEF CON is generally in the last week of July or first week of August in Las Vegas.

Final Thoughts from zvelo After at Attending DEFCON 24

DEF CON is one of the largest, (if not the largest), hacker conferences in the world. Held over four days every August in Las Vegas, DEF CON is now in its 24th year and is bigger, better — and scarier — than ever. Our Senior Malicious Detection Researcher, Eric Watkins, participated again this year and provided a great multi-blog brief; giving us a glimpse into the very real, and scary, threat vectors coming out of the hacker world today.

DEF CON 2013 Highlights

The annual DEF CON® hacker conference came and went as swiftly as a light rain against the hot Las Vegas strip. Consumer tech was a big focus and speakers demonstrated how various network-connected gadgets, once hacked, could be controlled to affect the real, physical world. Here are some highlights from two particular lectures about the hacking of network-connected and radio-frequency identification (RFID) enabled devices that got much attention.

DEF CON – Las Vegas 2011: Plenty of Hype and Substance

My first year at the world’s largest hacker convention, DEF CON, resulted in mixed first impressions. I was amazed and overwhelmed with how large the crowds were. This event seemingly grows in popularity each year and the overly-stuffed conference rooms were proof. With that single point aside, I was able to sit-through some valuable lectures across a wide range of security topics.