On August 7-10, a number of USF Whitehatters (current and alumni) made their way out to Las Vegas for the annual hacker conference known as Defcon. This was my 10th trip out there, and each time has been a unique and rewarding experience. As I said to someone, "I used to go for the talks. Now, I just go to talk to people."
I was impressed as always with our friends at LegitBS who ran the Defcon Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, complete with its own custom hardware badge hacking challenge and epic competition visualizations, not to mention the usual array of staggeringly clever binaries. I received a special CTF challenge coin that has gone onto the shelf of treasures in my office.
Speaking of badges, duck did a nice job of hacking up the Defcon badge with an IR diode from Fry's so that he could replay the signals from Goon and Uber badges; but the the real story behind the badge was a little more complex.
As usual, our team made it to the finals of Hacker Jeopardy!, and as usual, we came in second. We're getting to be known as the Buffalo Bills of Hacker J! ... bspar will probably not appreciate me mentioning this, but he earned an atomic wedgie after missing an alt-coin question. Despite a promise from the emcee, G. Mark Hardy, that this year's competition would reward knowledge over alcohol consumption, that was not really the case.
ninjafish and intrigue, not sure if you heard, but Jolly/Zelda & friends pulled off a Shmoocon/Defcon Hack Fortress 6-peat even without your Heavy and Pyro, respectively. Or is it Demoman and Spy? I can never remember.
I finally gave into the Pineapple craze and picked up one of the new Mark V's, even while @IHuntPineapples was popping shell on those unwise enough to fire up theirs at Defcon. I waited till I got home to update the firmware and have been having some fun with it. I'll do a demo at a WCSC meeting sometime.
Well, there were many, many other good memories from Defcon, but as they say: "What happens in Vegas ... ends up on Twitter."