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A Defcon IV trip synopsis

Jason Reid

Mar 21, 1997


Defcon is an annual "hacker" convention held during the summer in Las Vegas. The crowd drawn ranges from all over the US and a few other countries. It includes hackers, crackers, phreaks, wannabees, and a few security personnel. Speakers and subjects range from an ex-con talking about counterfeiting documents to FBI agents talking about the then recently creating computer crime division. Events include Hacker Jeopardy and Spot the Fed. Check out the DEFCON WWW page for more details and information particularly about this year's conference coming in July.

Here is a list of some of the conference talks:

  • double blind publishing by Eric Hughes
  • Java security vulnerabilities by Yobie
  • National Computer Crime Squad by Agent Andy Butler
  • Electronic Eavesdropping
  • Counterfeiting by Bootleg
  • Jobs are for Lusers
  • Vulnerabilities in one time password systems by Mudge
  • Hacking satellites
  • Why hacking is wrong by Ira Winkler
  • Hack the Lies by Se7en
  • Paper trails
  • 101 things to do with an ex-hacker by Steven Cobb
  • Windows 95 viruses by Attitude Adjuster

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