DEF CON One Five CfP in effect!

DEF CON One Five CfP in effect!
DEF CON One Five CfP in effect!

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Forwarded from: The Dark Tangent 

Hey InfoSec News readers,

DEFCON 15 Call For Papers is now officially Open and will close on June 
15, 2007. Don't know what DEFCON is? Go to and 
clue up!

Papers and presentations are now being accepted for DEFCON 15, the 
conference your mother and ISC(2) warned you about. DEFCON will take 
place at the Riviera in Las Vegas, NV, USA, August 3-5, 2007.

Last year, we eliminated speaking tracks, and we received a diverse 
selection of submissions. From hacking your car, your brain, and CIA 
sculptures to hacking the vote, Bluetooth, and DNS hacks. We group 
presentations by subject and come up with topic areas of interest. It 
worked out so well in the past we are doing it again.

What are we looking for then, if we don't have tracks? Were looking for 
the presentation that you've never seen before and have always wanted to 
see. We are looking for the presentation that the attendees wouldn't ask 
for, but blows their minds when they see it. We want strange demos of 
Personal GPS jammers, RFID zappers, and HERF madness. Got a MITM attack 
against cell phones? We want to see it.

Subjects that we have traditionally covered in the past, and will 
continue to accept include: Trojan development, worms, malware, 
intelligent agents, protocol exploits, application security, web 
security, database hacking, privacy issues, criminal law, civil law, 
international law/treaties, prosecution perspectives, 802.11X, 
bluetooth, cellular telephony protocols, privacy, identity theft, 
identity creation, fraud, social implications of technology, media/film 
presentations, firmware hacking, hardware hacking, embedded systems 
hacking, smartcard technologies, credit card and financial instrument 
technologies, surveillance, counter-surveillance, UFO's, peer2peer 
technologies, reputation systems, copyright infringement and 
anti-copyright infringement enforcement technologies, critical 
infrastructure issues, physical security, social engineering, academic 
security research, PDA and cell phone security, EMP/HERF weaponry, 
TEMPEST technologies, corporate espionage, IDS evasion.

What a mouth full! Well you can't say we didn't give you some ideas. 
This list is not intended to limit possible topics, merely to give 
examples of topics that have interested us in the past, and is in fact 
the same list we used last year..

Check out for 
past conference presentations to get a complete list of past topics that 
were accepted if you want to learn from the past.

We are looking for and give preference to: unique research, new tool 
releases, =C3=98 day attacks (with responsible disclosure), highly technical 
material, social commentaries, and ground breaking material of any kind. 
Want to screen a new hacking documentary or release research? Consider 

Speaking Formats:
Choose between 12 hundred seconds, 50 minutes, 110 minutes, or a break 
out format of a length you determine. We are continuing the Twelve 
Hundred Second Spotlight, which is a shorter presentation (about twenty 
minutes) that doesn't warrant a full 50 or 110 minute talk. The Twelve 
Hundred Second Spotlight is designed for those who don't have enough 
material for a full talk, but still have a valuable contribution to 
make. This is to ensure that great ideas that can be presented quickly 
don't fall through the cracks merely because they didn't justify a full 
length talk. Examples include research, announcements, group 
presentations, projects needing volunteers or testers, requests for 
comments, updates on previously given talks, quick demonstrations. You 
get the idea. Presenters will get a speaker badge which entitles them to 
free admittance to DEFCON, but we will be unable to pay an Honorarium.

Remember being attacked by flying meat? Do you remember thick accented 
Germans trying to convince you to attack critical infrastructure? Do you 
remember extravagant vapor ware releases by a stage filled with posses? 
We do, and sans projectiles of raw meat we want to encourage such 
shenanigans again this year. We are calling on all "hacker groups" (you 
know who you are, and the FBI has a nifty file with your name on it) to 
present at DEFCON, to discuss what you're up to, what your mission is, 
to discuss any upcoming or past projects, and to discuss 
parties/conferences you are throwing. We do humbly request that all gang 
warfare be relegated to electronic attacks, and not fall over into meat 

New for DEFCON 15:
The second year being at the Riviera has allowed us to make some changes 
to the format from last year. We have more speaking rooms, and because 
of this I want to announce a call for workshops, demos, and mini 
trainings. We have additional small rooms that will enable highly 
focused demonstrations or workshops. If you want to talk about building 
a passport cloner or a tutorial on developing Metasploit exploits this 
might be the format for you. You tell us how much time you need, and we 
try to accommodate you!

To submit a speech Complete the Call for Papers Form at: and send to 
talks at defcon dot org. You will receive a confirmation within 48 hours 
of submission.

We are going to continue last year's goal of increasing the quality of 
the talks by screening people and topics. I realize you guys are 
speaking for basically free, but some talks are better than others. Some 
people put in a bit more effort than others. I want to reward the people 
who do the work by making sure there is room for them.

This year we will have two rounds of speaker acceptance. In the first 
round we will fill about half of the schedule before the submission 
deadline, and the remaining half afterwards. This is to encourage people 
to submit as early as possible and allows attendees to plan on the 
topics that interest them. If you see the schedule on-line start to 
fill, do not worry if you have not heard from us yet, as we are still in 
the process of selection.

Barring a disaster of monstrous proportions, speaker selection will be 
completed no later July 1. The sooner you submit the better chance you 
have of the reviewers to give your presentation the full consideration 
it warrants. If you wait until the last minute to submit, you have less 
of a chance of being selected.

After a completed CFP form is received, speakers will be contacted if 
there are any questions about their presentations. If your talk is 
accepted you can continue to modify and evolve it up until the last 
minute, but don't deviate from your accepted presentation. We will mail 
you with information on deadlines for when we need your presentation, to 
be burnt on the CDROM, as well as information for the printed program.

Speakers get in to the show free, get paid (AFTER they give a good 
presentation!), get a coolio badge, and people like you more. Heck, most 
people find it is a great way to meet people or find other people 
interested in their topics. Speakers can opt to forgo their payment and 
instead receive three human badges that they can give to their friends, 
sell to strangers, or hold onto as timeless mementoes. Receiving badges 
instead of checks has been a popular option for those insisting on 
maintaining their anonymity.

Please visit: for previous conference archives, information, 
and speeches. Updated announcements will be posted to news groups, 
security mailing lists and this web site. for a look at all the events and contests 
being planned for DEFCON 15. Join in on the action. to upload all your past DEFCON pictures. We 
store the pictures so you don't have to worry about web space. If you 
have an account on the forums, you have an account here. for news and announcements 
surrounding DEFCON.

CFP forms and questions should get mailed to: talks/at/

The Dark Tangent

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