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Lily Hay Newman / Wired
In-Person DEFCON and Black Hat Conferences Are Canceled This Year For Real, DEFCON Will Continue in ‘Safe Mode’ Virtual Format
After the infosec community joked for years that DEFCON, the preeminent hacker conference held every year in Las Vegas, would be canceled, this year, due to the coronavirus, the in-person version of DEFCON, along with the in-person version of its sister conference Black Hat, has been canceled for real. Both events will now shift to virtual mode. The founder of both events, Jeff Moss, also known as the Dark Tangent, said in a forum post that the 28th Defcon would be known as “Safe Mode,” a play on what most operating systems use for their diagnostic and recovery mode. The conference organizing team will begin to coordinate talks, help facilitate subject-specific “villages” that are usually independent in-person events, and host events like remote capture-the-flag hacker challenges, remote Ham radio licensure exams, movie nights, and a Mystery Challenge.
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@harrihursti: In-person @DEFCON is officailly cancelled. The annual hoax announcement is not a hoax this time. @VotingVillageDC will organize a virtual event. Stay tuned!
@steve_tornio: Defcon and Black Hat may be cancelled, but MGM and Caesars staff will still be coming to your house unannounced to rifle through your things.
@runasand: Do I need a burner phone for virtual defcon or no
@tactifail: Interesting thing about @defcon 28. If you look at the ASCII table, you’ll notice that there is no octal value for 28 because 28 in octal doesn’t exist; it goes right from 027 to 030. 030 is the CAN character. For “canceled”. Coincidence? I think not.
@racheltobac: With the number of folks buying @defcon swag on eBay right now I’m just going to come right out and say that we should keep our heads on a swivel for an “eBay package delay” phish. It won’t be from me, but I bet we’ll see at least one in the community Robot faceSign of the hornsFishing pole and fish
@marcwrogers: DEF CON is officially cancelled. https://forum.defcon.org/node/232005 we will be putting on an online event instead. Details in the post. #DEFCON #DEFCONisCANCELLED
@find_evil: #DEFCON may be canceled IRL for the first time ever but the virtual event will still proceed — and I, for one, am looking forward to it ?
@snubs: YALL. DEF CON is actually, really cancelled. https://forum.defcon.org/node/232005 #defcon @defcon Everyone in charge made the right choice. Thank you @thedarktangent and all involved for considering our health and safety a priority. ??
@hacks4pancakes: What’s something good you hope comes out of @defcon Safe Mode? Positive thoughts and ideas only. Go!