What’s the difference between Def Con and Black Hat hacker conventions?

dvarian

Both hacker conventions are taking place at the same time in the same place, which seems a little odd to me. What’s the difference between the two?

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landon
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I guess I would say that Black Hat is much more of a corporate, business oriented event. A lot of attendees are security professionals hawking their wares and glad-handing in the pursuit of more business. Def Con is closer to what most people would probably imagine a hacker event to be, more freewheeling and less corporate, with more emphasis on fun to boot.

Waldo
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Blackhat will cost you $2500 to attend in business casual attire.  Defcon will cost you $180 to attend in bluejeans and tshirts. You will enjoy yourself at Defcon much more than you will at Blackhat.

 

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