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?

Topic: Security
Answer this Question

Answers

2 total
landon
Vote Up (8)

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
Vote Up (7)

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.

 

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
A file-encrypting ransomware program called CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems in the past six months and held 5 billion files hostage, earning its creators more than US$1 million, researchers found.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a "global compact" on surveillance and the use of collected data, saying the U.S. isn't the only country that does it and American technology companies are unfairly targeted for the government's actions.
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security researchers to hack its vehicles. The Silicon Valley based high-tech carmaker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to find and close vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars.
Two recent vulnerabilities are examples of problems that could have been avoided if we had just applied the lessons already learned in similar contexts.
Windows XP users may now download a fourth service pack for the 13-year-old operating system, but it isn't coming from Microsoft.
The growing number of data breaches resulting in massive numbers of payment cards being stolen from retail stores and other businesses is occurring because they're failing to keep up with the Payment Card Industry's data security standard, according to the PCI Security Standards Council.
Email addresses and encrypted passwords of around 97,000 users who tested early builds of the Bugzilla bug tracking software were left exposed for three months following a server migration.
A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman said Wednesday the agency is working with the Secret Service to determine the "scope" of reported cyberattacks against several financial institutions.
A payment card industry security consortium warned retailers on Wednesday of the urgency to secure their systems against "Backoff," a malicious software program that steals card numbers.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+