What is the Defcon Conference

Posted by admin December - 24 - 2016

What is the Defcon Conference


Defcon, otherwise known as DC, is regarded as one of the largest gatherings of computer hackers and it’s an event that is held annually. The Defon Conference is often held in Las Vegas Nevada and the first ever well Defcon gathering was held in 1993. Furthermore, a significant portion of the members of this particular conference is often computer related professionals, state employees, technology researchers and academicians among various other computer professionals. It’s important to note that this event comprises of many computer security and hacking technicians who often share notable innovations. More so, this event often comprises of various social events such as Wargames and events contests such as developing the longest Wi-Fi connection. By the same token, the event often entails demonstration of computer hacking skills and innovations that can improve various aspects of day to day lives


The Defcon event was founded in 1993 BY Jeff Moss, as a goodbye part for his workmate and fellow computer professional. The two friends were initially workmates at a company known as `Platinum Net`, which was a protocol based hacking network based in Canada. Initially, the party was to be held in Las Vegas for a few days before his pal was to leave to seek employment opportunities in the United States. For this reason, Jeff decided to invite all his friends to Las Vegas for a party. As a result, the Defcon Conference was created with well over 100 members in attendance.

The term Defcon was acquired from a movie known as the Wargames and was used to reference the U.S Armed Forces Readiness Condition. To be specific, the wargames depicted Las Vegas being targeted by nuclear attacks and this was the main source of inspiration for the movie title. This event is regarded as one of the cornerstones in computer security and software development today.

By the same token, the Con the is also used to refer to the convention while the DEF is obtained from the number 3 dial on the conventional telephone keypad. While this particular event planned to be a one-time event and party for his friend, Jeff kept on getting encouragement to organize more and more of the events. After a significant amount of convincing, he finally decided to announce the event as an annual occurrence officially. In 2016, it was noted that well over 20,000 computer hacking enthusiasts attended the event.

Black Badge

The black badge is the best award that is often given to the best perfumers at any given event in Defcon. The most famous of all capturing the Flag completion. The contestants will be given black badges that change from year to year, and the Black Badge can also be used to gain free entry to the event.


Since the DEF CON 11 event occurred, the various fundraising events have been conducted and for multiple applications. The first Fundraiser was classified as an official event and is now even named as The Summit to be hosted by event planners.

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