Archive - 2009-08



Dave Bullock did a summary write-up & photos from the DC Networking efforts
again this year - check it out!

I'll cross-post on the DC Forums for further discussion. [EDIT:
posted here

I saw a story posted over on

I'm always a bit disappointed when media propagate the "don't use the network at
the events" item. It's scare-mongering for headlines (IMHO). DefCon is a
security event. Expect shenanigans, but don't scare people away.

Good practices can keep you secure, just as they will on the Internet. Turn on
your firewall, patch your system and apps, don't keep confidential information
on your laptop. This is no different than what I tell my corporate users in my

There's nothing that happens on the DefCon Network that doesn't happen on the

As the head of the DefCon Networking Team, I was approached by several
first-timers at DefCon this year who said they were "warned" about how hard-core
and bad/hostile/etc the network was - and after experiencing it themselves,
found it just wasn't true.

Any difference-of-opinion I have regarding "don't use the wifi at DefCon" is due
to the efforts me and my team of people make in order to setup the network at
DefCon. We put in months of planning and a lot of time and effort to make it
happen, and it's a big let-down when outlets like CNET make sweeping statements
like "don't use it."

To that end, I welcome any journalists or media to contact us to discuss the
DefCon network in more detail.

Thanks everyone for their support and efforts to make DefCon17 the best ever.
This year, even though we added Thursday into the official schedule, was really
smooth operationally. Plus with (what I would personally describe as) record! Thanks to both all staff and all attendees for kicking ass!

As always, we have the slides I used at Closing for you
(PDF, 12MB)

Let us all get home, catch up on some sleep, and we'll start working on
sanitizing the PF configs and we'll get that posted for peer-review.

Email us if you have any questions, comments, etc!

Traffic's down today - people must still be asleep :) We had to reboot the
firewall last night, we're pretty sure it's a hardware issue, so we'll have to
get that replaced for next year.

Starting to put together stats & facts (and embarrassing photos) for closing
ceremonies. Wow, is it Sunday already?!