Ed Abrams (zeroaltitude)

Ed Abrams (zeroaltitude) Demetrius Comes (cmdc0de)

Demetrius Comes (cmdc0de)

A Look Behind the Scenes of DEFCON DarkNet

cmdc0de and zeroaltitude will present an overview of the DEFCON DarkNet challenge, currently getting ready for its fifth year.  This presentation will also give an inside look at the DarkNet hardware, software, badges, and quests done over the years.

 

DEFCON DarkNet has created a Daemon who controls the DarkNet; and players interact with it through the website at dcdark.net . The Daemon keeps track of player quests and their DarkNet inventory.  DarkNet badges, once assembled as a learning quest, act as a valuable tool to identify your role as a player and to help you with certain quests.  Physical puzzle items such as lockpick stations and phonebooths, as well as interactions with DarkNet Operatives, provide further avenues to engage players in their quests and learning experiences.

 

Cmdc0de and zeroaltitude will be presenting two ciphers at the end of their talk, and discussing a little bit of how they think about ciphers.  They will then invite people to join them in the cipher village after their talk to work on these.

 

Experiences within the DarkNet will take you to the limit of your existing knowledge… and beyond. If you join us, we will send you on quests to improve your technical abilities. You will meet others like you and you will learn from each other and grow stronger. As you proceed within the DarkNet, you’ll discover hidden messages you would never have noticed and you’ll accomplish goals you never would have achieved alone. To succeed, you have to find your way through the quests and if you make it to the end, you will have proven yourself worthy to join us in our stand against those who seek to control us.

 

DarkNet’s mission is to secure a safe, independent and self-sustaining community free from intrusion and infiltration by those who would enslave us to their own ends. Our opponents are many and they grow ever more modern — spying on us through our information streams and controlling us through messages that we see wherever we go. We must resist.


Zapp

Zapp

From zero to Bender in 12 months, how a software guy turned hardware

In this talk Zapp will walk you through how he went from barely knowing how to solder to building 175 electronic badges for DEF CON. He will detail the steps he took including projects he used to learn just enough to design, code, and produce the badges as well as share many of the screw-ups along the way. Finally, he will share a preview of the group’s DEF CON 25 badge.


Zapp & Toymakers

Zapp & Toymakers Mr. Blinky Bling  (Charles Lehman & Ben Hibben) + Mini

Mr. Blinky Bling (Charles Lehman & Ben Hibben) + Mini

Hackable Electronic Badge Panel

Hacker Conference Electronic Badge Panelists


Melanie Segado

Melanie Segado Sydney Swaine-Simon

Sydney Swaine-Simon

Brain Based Authentication

Brain based authentication is an emerging field that seeks to use brain signals as a form of biometric authentication. Due to the increased availability and decreased cost of portable electroencephalography (EEG) devices, which can record brain activity from the scalp surface, this technique has gained popularity in research and in the media. In this talk we will explain the science underlying brain based authentication, the advantages and limitations of this technique, and give a live demo of a brain based authentication prototype.