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  • DEF CON 14 Beta FAQ v.0.9 (Old. See above for more recent version)

    OK, please provide feed back on content, organization, clairty, etc. and we will incorporate them in the v1.0 release. Thanks guys!

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    OFFICIAL DEFCON FAQ V0.9

    What is DEFCON?
    DEFCON is one of the oldest hacker conventions around, and also one of the largest. DEFCON is what you make of it. There are several resources that will give you an idea of what DEFCON is all about.
    DEFCON Press - through the prism of the media - http://www.defcon.org/html/links/dc_press/dc_press.html
    DEFCON Pics - visual evidence, thousands of pictures, some NSFW - http://defconpics.org/
    DEFCON Groups - Local groups that meet - http://defcon.org/html/defcon-groups...ups-index.html
    DEFCON Media archives - Speeches from DC 1 to the present, captured - http://defcon.org/html/links/defcon-media-archives.html
    Google - always a good research starting point - http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

    When and where is DEFCON?
    DEFCON is generally in the last week of July or first week of August in Las Vegas. DEFCON 14 will be held August 4-6 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Many people arrive a day early, and many stay a day later.

    What is the history of DEFCON?
    You wouldn't buy Dark Tangent’s upcoming book if you were told in this FAQ, now would you?

    Why the name DEFCON?
    It sounds cool. It was also the name of a security condition in the US (DEFense CONdition) - this isn't what DEFCON stands for - it’s just a name.

    Isn't there a DEFCON FAQ already?
    Yes, an unofficial one. It’s quite humorous, somewhat outdated, sometimes informative, and DEFCON takes no responsibility for its content. It can be found at http://defcon.stotan.org/faq/

    What are the rules of DEFCON?
    Physical violence is prohibited. Please refrain from doing anything that might jeopardize the conference or attendees. Please be aware that if you engage in illegal activities there is a large contingency of feds that attend DEFCON.

    Is DEFCON canceled?
    No.

    What is there to do at DEFCON?
    DEFCON is a unique experience for each con-goer. If you google around you'll find dozens of write-ups that will give you an idea of what people have experienced at DEFCON. Trust write-ups more than media articles about the con. Some people play capture the flag 24x7. Many people never touch a computer at DEFCON. Some people see every speech they can, while others miss all speeches. Other activities include coffee wars, WI-FI shootouts, robot contests, TCP/IP contests, movie marathons, scavenger hunts, sleep deprivation, warez trading, drunken parties, spot the fed contest, charity dunk tanks, the Black and White Ball, there are more events than even we are aware of.

    I’m not a hacker, should I go to DEFCON?
    Many people have many different definitions of ‘hacker’. I would recommend looking at previous years speeches (http://www.defcon.org/html/links/def...archives.html), and write-ups from past attendees - this should give you a good idea if DEFCON is for you. This http://www.plethora.net/~seebs/faqs/hacker.html hacker FAQ might give you some insight into the matter as well. If you do not have any technical interests, DEFCON is probably not for you.

    Do criminals go to DEFCON?
    Yes. They also go to high school, college, work in your workplace, and work in governments. There are also lawyers, law enforcement agents, civil libertarians, cryptographers, and hackers in attendance.

    What are Goons?
    They are the staff at DEFCON. They have many roles including security, speaker coordination, vendor room coordination, network operations, et cetera... Please try to be helpful to them if they make requests/demands of you. If any goon tells you to move, please do so immediately as there may be safety issues they are attempting to address.

    How can I help out/become a Goon?
    The staff at DEFCON has grown organically. All positions have some degree of trust associated with them, so typically new goons are ‘inducted’ by friends of existing goons. There are many random points when goons need help and may ask random people (generally for helping move stuff or other tasks that don't require high amounts of trust or unsupervised work). Just because you help out doesn't make you a goon. If you really want to be a goon, talk with one and see how much work they actually do (hint: you may want to enjoy being at DEFCON, not working full-time at it). The intent behind the goons is not to be elitist, but to have a network of trusted people who can help run the conference - please do not feel upset if you are not chosen to be a goon.

    How can I help or participate?
    DEFCON is not a spectator sport! There are tons of contests, artwork you can create, robots you can build, games you can play, et cetera. If you want to create your own event, you can do that as well - you will not get official space or sanctions, but virtually every official event at DEFCON started out as an unofficial event. You can help support the conference after the fact by posting links to your DEFCON photographs at defconpics.org, writing a review/write-up of the event and posting it on-line, and mailing us (press [at] defcon.org).

    I would love to see XYZ event, how do I make this happen?
    Virtually all events at DEFCON were conceived by the attendees. This con is what you make of it. The DEFCON forums (http://forum.defcon.org) are a great place for recruiting help for an event you want to put on, and making sure your efforts aren't being duplicated. If it doesn't require resources from DEFCON (space, namely) you generally don't have to ask anyone’s permission. Most events are unofficial until they've been going on for a couple of years. Please let us know if you have an idea for an event, we may help facilitate or promote it. Email suggestions@defcon.org to keep us in the loop.

    How can I speak at DEFCON?
    You can submit a response to our CFP (call for papers). All entries are read and evaluated by a selection committee. We would love to have your submission.

    I'm press, how do I sign up, why can't I get in for free (I'm just doing my job)?
    Please email press@defcon.org if you wish press credentials. Lots of people come to DEFCON and are doing their job; security professionals, federal agents, and the press. It wouldn't be fair to DEFCON attendees if we exempted one group from paying. If you are a major network and plan on doing a two minute piece showing all the people with blue hair, you probably shouldn't bother applying for a press pass - you won't get one.

    I want to sell stuff, how do I do this?
    If you want a space in our vendor area, you need to apply (http://www.securitytribe.com/defcon/vendor-FAQ.txt for more information). Because of limited space and our attempt to have a diversity of vendors, you may not be able to get a booth. It is wise to think of staffing issues - if you are one person do you want to spend your entire time behind a vendor’s booth?

    What are the different price rates?
    Everyone pays the same: The government, the media, the ‘well known hackers’, the unknown script kiddies. The only discount is for Goons and speakers, who get to work without paying for the privilege.

    DEFCON is too expensive, how can I afford it?
    DEFCON is cheaper than many concerts, and certainly cheaper than many shows in Vegas. Many people have made an art and science out of coming to DEFCON very cheaply. Here are a couple of tips.
    * Travel: Buy airfare in advance, go Greyhound, Carpool, hitchhike (note: this may be dangerous and/or illegal)
    * Lodging: Share rooms - some people have up to 10 people they share a room with, find a hotel cheaper than the one that the conference is scheduled at, stay up for three days (note: this can be hazardous to your health)
    * Food: Pack food for your trip, go off site to find food, eat in your hotel rooms, and look for cheap Vegas food at Casinos (look for deals and specials that are trying to get you in the door to gamble)
    * Booze: You don't need to drink. Brew your own and bring it (it’s been done)
    * Entrance: 100$ can be saved, mow some lawns. Try to go to another 3 day event for cheaper than this. We have increased the fees slowly over the years, but also the amount and quality of events have increased.
    * Inevitably people will try to do some math and pretend that DT gets rich each DEFCON - they seem to lack the ability to subtract.

    Is there a network at DEFCON?
    Yes. It would be fair to describe the network as ‘hostile’. It has been described as ‘the world’s most hostile network’, but such descriptions are just attempts at flattery. It is recommended that if you want to connect to the DEFCON network pretend that you are sharing out your entire hard drive to 5000 hackers. You may want to bring a ‘clean’ computer that you don't mind being infected/hacked/etc. It is considered very poor form to attempt to DoS the network; while the DEFCON staff may not do anything about such attempts it is reasonable to assume that ‘peer justice’ may be meted out. If you’re unhappy about the possible risks associated with connecting to DEFCON networks there are a couple of options: refrain from computer use for a few days or connect using another network elsewhere in Vegas (another hotel or something).

    What is the age limit?
    People have brought children to DEFCON - it is not recommended to do this unless you are going to constantly supervise them. It is generally an ‘adult’ atmosphere (language, booze, et cetera). If you've never been to DEFCON, you may want to refrain from bringing your children (unless they are demanding that you bring them). While there are no age limits, we have consistently cooperated with parents and/or private investigators who are looking for children that ‘ran away from home’ to go to DEFCON.

    What is a DEFCON "Black Badge"?
    The Black Badge is an award to a contest. CTF winners sometimes earn these, as well as Hacker Jeopardy winners. The contests that are awarded Black Badges vary from year to year. A Black Badge allows free entrance to DEFCON for life - potentially a value of thousands of dollars.

    How can I get a hold of DT? I tried to mail him and haven't seen a response yet.
    DT doesn't dislike you, isn't trying to hurt your feelings, and bears you no ill will. The fact is he gets an unmanageable load of mail continually. Mailing him again may elicit a response. Try mailing FAQ (at) DEFCON.ORG if you have a general question that isn't answered here or in the forums.

    What about having a DEFCON in XYZ city/country?
    We've been in the city of sin since DC1. We are not looking to franchise. It’s always fun to see people organize conventions in their local areas, and if you do, we'll include you in our calendar (http://defcon.org/html/dc-calendar/d...dar-2006.html), but not with the name "DEFCON".

    Is it hot in Vegas?
    Yes. Bring sunscreen (high SPF), do not fall asleep near the pool (lest you wake up to sunburn), and do not walk far in the sun unless you are experienced in dealing with extreme heat. The sun is dangerous in Las Vegas. Sleeping in lawn chairs is a sure way to wake up to severe burns in the morning when that bright yellow thing scorches your skin. Drink plenty of water and liquids - remember that alcohol will dehydrate you.

    What should I bring?
    It depends on what you’re going to do at DEFCON. This is discussed in quite some depth on the unofficial DC FAQ (http://defcon.stotan.org/faq/survival.htm#ques82), as well as a thread in the DC Forums (http://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?t=5483). You may want to bring fancy (or outrageously silly) clothes for the Black and White Ball, an annual Saturday night event where everyone shows off nifty attire.

    Will the Riviera allow free parking?
    Yes. You will be able to park for free regardless if you have a room at the Riviera.

    How much is Internet access in the rooms of the Riviera?
    $9.00 for 24 hours. Free (and more dangerous) Internet access is available for free in the convention area.

    Will the Riviera broadcast the speeches on their cable system?
    No. There will be two DEFCON channels that will provide ‘extra’ content (short clips, hacker related videos, etc). It is our intention that everyone who wishes to attend a speech will be able to - this was a primary motivation for moving hotels.

    Will we have DEFCON branded poker chips?
    You will have to attend DEFCON to find out.

    Will conference attendees have entire floors of hotel rooms to themselves?
    Probably not. The hotel is very cooperative in attempting to centralize the DEFCON attendees, for their convenience and ours, but there will be non-DEFCON attendees in hotel rooms next to us.
    PGP Key: https://defcon.org/html/links/dtangent.html

  • #2
    Originally posted by Dark Tangent
    Will we have DEFCON branded poker chips?
    You will have to attend DEFCON to find out..
    Glad to see you got my e-mail about that
    You're either on my side or else you're in the way.

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    • #3
      The expensive aspect of it....

      Its 'tradition' for defcon to be held on the last week of July, but since alot of us who actually work, we get paid on the first, so I think you might have more attendees if you try to work around that kind of date. Probably won't happen but just an idea.

      For an event such as defcon, you do want to save way beforehand, but I think it might be easier for some of us to attend more 'comfortably' .
      Delicious Poison:

      The difference between a nerd and a geek? Well a nerd does not wear Spider Man butt huggers.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by klepto
        The expensive aspect of it....

        Its 'tradition' for defcon to be held on the last week of July, but since alot of us who actually work, we get paid on the first, so I think you might have more attendees if you try to work around that kind of date. Probably won't happen but just an idea.

        For an event such as defcon, you do want to save way beforehand, but I think it might be easier for some of us to attend more 'comfortably' .
        the con is on the 4th......my birthday as a matter of fact...my 21st to make it even better. Turning 21 at DefCon in Vegas...I really could die happy after that


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        • #5
          Too bad about the speeches not being on TV, when eating/chilling/laying in bed waiting to throw up again from drinking too much alcohol/etc it was nice to put it on. Also when people were hanging out in the room it could be on so we could catch a speech that maybe we wouldn't trek all the way to the room for.
          --- The fuck? Have you ever BEEN to Defcon?

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          • #6
            Its 'tradition' for defcon to be held on the last week of July
            I'm quite happy for a little breathing room between the Bar and DC14. The prospect of completing the exam and heading directly to Vegas was making my credit card cower in fear.

            Oh, there probably should be something added about there being no pre-registration.
            jur1st, esq.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dark Tangent
              * Entrance: 100$ can be saved, mow some lawns. Try to go to another 3 day event for cheaper than this. We have increased the fees slowly over the years, but also the amount and quality of events have increased.
              so the con price is $100 this year? just want to clarify...


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              • #8
                Originally posted by enigma
                so the con price is $100 this year? just want to clarify...
                Ya, its 100 bucks. But at the same time hotel room prices are down, so it balances out. I've long been an opponent to raising the door price (as DT can attest to), but I think this is a good thing. We have a lot of space at the new location, so the little bit of extra cash that goes in our coffers rather than the hotels can be used to do more cool stuff for the attendees.

                Contrary to popular belief, we dont make a ton of money and live in solid gold houses. The rumor that DT bought us all rocket cars is, however, true. Speaking of which, DT, I need to submit a reciept for 300 gallons of JP6 for reimbursement.

                I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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                • #9
                  When can we make our reservations and take advanage of the reduced DC rate?
                  jur1st, esq.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jur1st
                    When can we make our reservations and take advanage of the reduced DC rate?
                    Short answer: "Right now"

                    Long answer:
                    The Announcement Discussion Compiled Answers
                    From there, the rate, and many hotel items were pushed into that one post. (Cost, etc.)

                    Maybe, I should move that post into this thread. (?)
                    (I've removed duplicate content, from it.)

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                    • #11
                      Perhaps I'm a bit overly anxious to give my second talk, but I think an approximate date for when you expect CFP to open would be helpful.
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                      • #12
                        Good stuff, it is tradition for Defcon to be held on the last week of July, I didn't see the date so that is why I asked the ignorant question. But thanks.
                        Delicious Poison:

                        The difference between a nerd and a geek? Well a nerd does not wear Spider Man butt huggers.

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                        • #13
                          Suggested entries:

                          Q: How much will entrance to DEFCON cost?
                          A: $100 at the door, cash only.
                          (note: please please please put the $ in front of the 100 and not after it)

                          Q: Can I pre-register?
                          A: No.
                          (or, alternatively)
                          A: Yes, but only if you give us your name, social security number, credit card details, and the non-vestigial internal organ of your choice.

                          Q: How many people typically attend Defcon?
                          A: [?]

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Strom Carlson
                            Suggested entries:

                            Q: How much will entrance to DEFCON cost?
                            A: $100 at the door, cash only.
                            (note: please please please put the $ in front of the 100 and not after it)
                            $100$ ...that should satisfy everyone :)


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by enigma
                              $100$ ...that should satisfy everyone :)
                              Actually, having at one point handled these types of questions when I was admining the website, people will still ask. I would recommend $100.00USD, because if not, we will honestly get mail from people saying 'is that 100 in US Dollars? or is that 100 Rupees'

                              And no, I'm not kidding. I have had people mail me and ask if we take everything from Canadian dollars to Euros to UK Pounds to Peso Nuevos.

                              I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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