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                              ==Phrack Magazine==

                 Volume Six, Issue Forty-Seven, File 9 of 22

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                DEF CON III Convention Update #1.31 (04.04.95)
              August 4-6th 1995 @ the Tropicana in Las Vegas

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READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE
READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE

This is _not_ the professional sounding announcement.  Use that one to con
your boss / employers out of the cost of the trip.  The professional
announcement will be available on the FTP site and other more serious mailing
lists and news groups, etc.  This is the k-RaD kriminal shout out to all u
el1te hacker types that aren't in jail to attend 'da def con.  werd.

READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE
READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE & READ & DISTRIBUTE

What's this?  This is an initial announcement and invitation to DEF CON III,
a convention for the "underground" elements of the computer culture.  We try
to target the (Fill in your favorite word here): Hackers, Phreaks, Hammies,
Virii Coders, Programmers, Crackers, Cyberpunk Wannabees, Civil Liberties
Groups, CypherPunks, Futurists, Artists, Criminally Insane, Hearing Impaired.

WHO:   You know who you are, you shady characters.
WHAT:  A convention for you to meet, party, and listen to some speeches
       that you would normally never get to hear from some k-rad people.
WHEN:  August 4, 5, 6 - 1995 (Speaking on the 5th and 6th)
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Tropicana Hotel

So you heard about DEF CON II, and want to hit part III?  You heard about the
parties, the info discussed, the bizarre atmosphere of Las Vegas and want to
check it out in person?  You want to do weird shit _away_ from the hotel
where you can't get me in trouble?  Then you're just the person to attend!

Sure it's great to meet and party with fellow hackers, but besides that we
try to provide information and speakers in a forum that can't be found at
other conferences.  While there is an initial concern that this is just
another excuse for the evil hackers to party and wreak havoc, it's just
not the case.  People come to DEF CON for information and for making
contacts.  We strive to distinguish this convention from others in that
respect.  Plus this year we have official DEF CON GOONS(c) who will pummel
you until you pass out should you cause problems for other con.friendly
people!  Big Brother loves you!

What's been said (Only the good stuff will be quoted, of course)

  Stevyn - "What can eye say, it was intense! . . . the whole con just
     kicked ass!  I totally recommend you check out the next one."

  Gail Thackeray, Prosecutor, "It's partly an entertaining party, it's
     partly a fashion statement.  But it's mostly something about which the
     business world has no clue."

  Wendy Murdock, Boardwatch, "Def Con represents the tug-of-war that has
     always been present - people strive to get that which is just out of
     reach, aggravating governments and breaking rules in the process."

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WHERE IT IS:

The Tropicana has rooms reserved for the convention.  Rooms are expensive.
They are even more expensive if you don't book under the convention.  If it
is to expensive for you, please see the section below on Las Vegas WWW sites
that can provide you with information on other nearby hotels that are cheaper.
Check-in is 3 pm, check-out time is 12 noon.  Remember there is an 8% sales
tax in Vegas.

               65$ Single or Double room, Midweek (Monday - Thursday)
               90$ Single or Double room, Weekend (Friday - Sunday)
               350$ One-Bedroom Suite (Call for Availability)

     The Tropicana, 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
          (702) 739-2581 or (800) 468-9494 or (702) 739-2448 (Fax)

Held in three conference rooms at the Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas, DEF CON
promises to be interesting.  The Tropicana has a huge pool (largest in the
world?  Anyway, lots of cool movies have been filmed with this pool in them)
and in August Vegas should be about 100(f) degrees at one in the morning.
What do you care?  You'll be wired on caffeine and not sleeping anyway.  There
are numerous attractions in town from the strip bars to the local COs in case
you seek distraction.

The Tropicana is located right on the "Strip" with the other three corners of
the street occupied by the MGM Grand (Largest hotel in the world), the
Excalibur, and the Luxor (The big sense-net pyramid).  If you can afford it
I totally recommend spending some extra time in town.. there are too many
cool things to do, especially if you have never visited.  Heck, last time I
got to rent and fire uzi's and MP-5 machine guns (OK, so you can do that for
cRacK in Los Angeles) see some strippers, and drink 1$ bottles of imported
beer.  What a place!  Now you know why I chose Vegas for a location.









                               SPECIAL EVENTS

This year there will be a number of special events going down, including:

[> Hacker Jeopardy       [> Spot the Fed Contest       [> Voice bridge
[> Giveaways             [> A Red Box Creation Contest [> A Video Room
[> Cool Video Shit       [> Scavenger Contest          [> Who knows?
[> Group Battle Tech simulations at Virtual World.

                                   COSTS

The price of admission will be 30$ in advance (See the end of this
announcement the address to pre-register to) or 40$ at the door.  This will
include your goovie 24bit color name tag and a conference program.

Don't forget to factor in Hotel costs, (The more people you crash with, the
cheaper it is) gas, food, gambling, booze, strippers, bail, etc.

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                                   SPEAKERS

This is a partial list of speakers for this year.  More are being invited
or waiting to make plans.  As this list changes further announcements will
be made.  This should give you a flavor or what to expect, though.

[> Bruce Schneier, Author of "Applied Cryptography." TOPIC: Will speak
   on issues surrounding cryptography, digital authentication, digital cash,
   and will answer questions from the audience.

[> John Perry Barlow, Visionary, etc.  If you don't know who this guy is
   you definately need to attend.  TOPIC: TBA

[> Winn Schwartau, Author of "Information Warfare" and "Terminal Compromise"
   is a consultant to government and the private sector regarding enterprise
   and national security concerns.  TOPICS: "Information Warfare, the year
   in review" (Comedic) and "Tempest Attack Videos."

[> Len Rose AKA Terminus.  After the legal fiasco Len faced years ago (as
   partially chronicled in "The Hacker Crackdown.") this will be his first
   chance to speak of his experiences without the threat of having his parole
   revoked.  TOPIC: TBA

[> Lewis De Payne, aka "Roscoe"  TOPIC: Ultra Hacking - Beyond Computers:
   How to make your hacking more successful and productive while minimizing
   risk.  Learn how to adopt a business-like strategy, planning your goals,
   focusing your strategy and keeping you out of trouble!

[> Curtis Karnow, former federal prosecutor and attorney focusing on
   intellectual property litigation and computer law.  TOPIC: Agents in the
   telecommunications context, and "smart" software that we 'trust' to do the
   Right Thing.  The specific issue is legal liability and responsibility for
   the actions of intelligent agents, and then spinning off to chat about the
   liability for artificial intelligence generally.

[> Robert D. Steele, President of OPEN SOURCE SOLUTIONS, Inc.  A former Spy,
   Experienced Bureaucrat, Radical Visionary.  Tofflers call him the "rival
   store" to CIA.  Keynote Speaker at HOPE, Workshop at Hac-Tic '93.
   TOPIC: TBA

[> The Electronic Frontier Foundation.  TOPIC:  The EFF will cover current
   legal threats privacy and computer information networks.

[> Stephen Cobb.  TOPIC: "The Party's Over: Why Hacking Sucks." Stepehen
   intends to play "devil's advocate" and suggest that "hacking should not
   be tolerated in any shape or form as it serves no useful purpose and is a
   menace to society."

[> Jim Settle, ex-FBI computer crime division department head.  TOPIC: TBA

Speakers will be talking Saturday and Sunday, and maybe Friday depending.

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                                 SPECIAL EVENTS

So you think you're so damn smart, eh?  Think your shit doesn't stink?
Right. Think you got one up on the Feds, huh?  Well, now's your chance to
prove it smarty-pants.   Winn Schwartau will take command and moderate.

                           ! A N N O U N C I N G !

                        H A C K E R   J E O P A R D Y

That's right.  You can now prove how smart you really are.  Get up on stage
and question a few answers, pile up the points  . . . and win big!

You know the game.  You know the rules.  Now all you have to do is have the
guts, get up on stage in front of your peers and the narks and show us all!

When?  After Dark Tangent's opening speech (which we're all really looking
forward to . . . [yawn]  HACKER JEOPARDY starts!

                         MIDNIGHT - DAY 1 of DEF CON (Friday)

If you wanna play . . . show up.  If you don't wanna play, show up.

There will be three rounds of three people.  Just like real. The winners of
each round will go into the Finals and the winner of that will win 25,000
units of some foreign currency!  From Dark Tangent himself!  Plus:

     - A T-shirt three sizes to small for the women.
     - No T-shirts for the men.
     - Silk jackets for everyone.
     - One Heineken per player per round at DT's expense.
     - Round trip directions to Hoover Dam.
     - Phiber Optik's home address.
     - Erik Bloodaxe's Blood Samples.
     - And more . . .

Contestants will be picked at random from a pool of those who want to play.
If you don't wanna play, don't enter the contest.  Only the elite survive!

FEDS:  If you get picked to play, and we ask you what your job is, YOU HAVE
TO TELL THE TRUTH!  If you don't, our custom Fed-O-Meter will detect your
lies and off to the casinos you go!

Potential categories for questions include:

- - Famous Busts  - Famous Narks  - UNIX Bugs  - Telco Tech  - "Hacking"
and beware of the killer daily double.  Bribing the judge is acceptable.

EMail your suggested questions and answers to winn at winn@infowar.com

So, in the inimitable words of Al Bundy . . .  LET'S ROCK!





                       3rd ANNUAL SPOT THE FED CONTEST
                         Spot the fed, win the shirt

"Like a paranoid version of pin the tail on the donkey, the favorite sport
at this gathering of computer hackers and phone phreaks seems to be hunting
down real and imagined telephone security and Federal and local law
enforcement authorities who the attendees are certain are tracking their
every move.. .. Of course, they may be right."  John Markhoff, NYT

Basically the contest goes like this:  If you see some shady MB (Men in
Black) earphone penny loafer sunglass wearing Clint Eastwood to live and
die in L.A. type lurking about, point him out.  Just get my attention and
claim out loud you think you have spotted a fed.  The people around at the
time will then (I bet) start to discuss the possibility of whether or not a
real fed has been spotted.  Once enough people have decided that a fed has
been spotted, and the Identified Fed (I.F.) has had a say, and informal vote
takes place, and if enough people think it's a true fed, or fed wanna-be,
or other nefarious style character, you win a "I spotted the fed!" shirt,
and the I.F. gets an "I am the fed!" shirt.

Note to the feds:  This is all in good fun, and if you survive unmolested
and undetected, but would still secretly like an "I am the fed!" shirt to
wear around the office or when booting in doors, please contact me when no
one is looking and I will take your order(s).  Just think of all the looks
of awe you'll generate at work wearing this shirt while you file away all
the paperwork you'll have to generate over this convention.  I won't turn in
any feds who contact me, they have to be spotted by others.





             TELEPHONE CONFERENCE BRIDGE (801-855-3326)

For DEF CON III there will be a dial in conference set up.  If you are
overseas, or just too poor to make it to the convention this year, you can
still get an idea of what is going on and participate.  One part of the voice
conference equipment will allow you to listen to the convention room
microphone, another will allow you to ask questions during the Q&A sections
of peoples speeches.  A general conversation area will be up so you can chat
with others at the convention, or just others dialed into the bridge.
Navigate through the voice mail maze and get free phone sex!  Impress others!

The Voice bridge is up now at 801-855-3326.  It has 5 analog ports, but in a
few weeks will have eight digital ports for better sound, etc.

                     SPOOAH DOOPAH RAFFLE GIVE AWAY!@#

Throughout the convention, between speakers and events there will be a raffle
giveaway in which if your number is drawn, you win the prize.  Last year's
giveaway included an ancient kaypro monochrome portable, a roll of Sprint
"security" tape, "Computer Warriors" evil anti-virus cartoon, a 240 meg IDE
HD, and other elite things.

>> All the prizes given away are donated by other convention goers, so if <<
>> you have any stuff to give away, please save and donate it to the con! <<

                       RED BOX BUILDING CONTEST

While we don't encourage or condone the use of toll fraud devices, we do
encourage creativity and expression of thought.  We combine these and come
up with a red box creating contest.  The final device doesn't have to
produce the real red box tones (can't have people getting arrested) BUT it
does have to produce some audible tones, any kind of tones.  This contest
is inspired by last year's give away of a red box "Big Red" that looked just
like a big pack of Big Red gum, but really was a red box.  Elite!  There was
also a little girl's doll that was a red box, but the switch for that one was
hidden under the dress and, well, it just wasn't given away.

Come up with unique ideas!  With just a Hallmark card and some spare time you
can create an elite 007 style tone generating device!  What will you win if
yours is chosen as the most k-rad besides the envy of fellow hackers?  You'll
get a tee shirt and the cost of admission to the convention refunded PLUS
some as-of-yet undecided prize.  I bet you just can't wait to burn your
fingers with your soldering iron now!

                                THE VIDEO ROOM

In one of the rooms a LCD wall projector will be hooked up connected to a
VCR, and people can bring flicks to play.  Stuff like Max Headroom, War Games
etc.  You know, the cool cheesey stuff.  Also some "hacker" videos will be
shown.  If you have something you wanna show, bring it along.  When the
projector is needed in the main conference room it will be swiped for the
duration.

                                COOL VIDEO SHIT

At this time we are working to see if a T1 connection is possible.  If it is
there will be a cu-see me connection set up with multiple video cameras in
various locations.  Images will also be added automatically to a WWW page for
people to snag.  As all this works itself out there will be further
announcements.  No, there will be no "Hack our server" contests, and there
will be "Security Professionals" with "Diagnostic Tools" to "Correct" any
people who may cause the network problems.

                               SCAVENGER CONTEST

A scavenger contest is being planned.  The person or group with the most
number of items on the list wins the prize.  (Prize undetermined as of yet)
and there will be a few follow up prizes.  Don't forget to carry massive
amounts of water as you run about the concrete jungle, dehydration can
happen just crossing the street.  This is a contest for only the most k-rad.

                GROUP BATTLE TECH SIMULATIONS AT VIRTUAL WORLD

DEF CON has reserved groups of Battle Tech Pods on Friday and Saturday in
order for people at the convention to battle it out in total VR mech-combat.
There will be two teams, the White Hats and Black Hats, who will oppose
eachother.  Each pod group <currently> consists of 8 pods, so it would be
4 on 4 or we might join pod groups to make it an 8 on 8 battle.  In any
event you need to reserve you space in the pod battle groups if you want in
on the group action.  There will be battles going on Friday and Saturday
before 5pm.  Cost is $25 for one hour of simulation per person.  Currently
there are three pod groups of eight each open on Friday and two eight pod
groups open on Saturady.  As people sign up DEF CON will reserve more pod
groups if there is demand.

If you are to chicken to get in on the group battle action there will also
be a DEF CON group discount rate.

If you are interested in signing up for a seat in the group e-mail me the
day you want to participate and I will mail you back your log in name.  Give
preference of White or Black hat status.  You will need to pay the $25 in
advance to reserve your space.  Open spaces will be filled on a first come,
first serve basis, and also during the con there _should_ be spaces available.
The intent is get good con battle groups going.  A full battle tech info pack
will be availbe on the FTP site soon, as well as in future announcements and
on the mailing list.

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                             WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

DEF CON III will be planned right up until the last minute, with problems
being fixed and new things being added all along.. a sort of work in progress
that you get to witness in person when you show up.  Hopefully it won't be
too messed up when presented to the public.  What can you do to help?

=> Please help generate questions for Hacker Jeopardy.  Come up with some
   questions and answers, and Winn will decide which ones to use.  Mail 'em
   to winn@infowar.com.

- -> We are looking for people to speak on Personnel Information Gathering and
   selling.  Hopefully a speaker (who could remain anonymous) in this area
   has experiences in gathering and selling such information.  If you know
   of such a person, please invite them to contact me or let them know we
   are looking for such speakers.

- -> We are looking for some people to submit artwork to be used in the
   convention someplace.  It could be a poster, or in the program.  Black
   and white art would be eligible for the program only.

- -> Articles and interesting FTP sites, WWW pages, mini FAQs, etc. are all
   wanted for the program.  Quality articles that are informative and apply
   to the theme of the convention.  Scanner frequency lists,





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                         MORE DEF CON INFORMATION

The World Wide Web Page is located at: http://underground.org/defcon/

FTP Site: ftp.fc.net /pub/defcon

Mailing lists: mail majordomo@fc.net with the following statement in the body
of your message: subscribe dc-announce    This will set you up on the mailing
list and you will receive updated information, information on the other
mailing lists offered, etc.  I suggest joining the dc-stuff list just so you
can talk and plan with other people going to the con to coordinate rides,
sharing of rooms, etc.

Voice or Voice Mail:  0-700-826-4368 from a phone with AT&T LD.
                     or 206-626-2526

E-Mail: dtangent@defcon.org (The Dark Tangent)

Snail Mail: 2709 E. Madison #102, Seattle, WA, 98112

BBS System to call for info if you don't have net access:

Alliance Communications - +1 612 251 2511 - USRobotics HST DS 16800
                          NUP: New World Order

Voice Bridge Chat System: 801-855-3326

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                    INFORMATION ABOUT LAS VEGAS

NEWS GROUPS

Please note the following newsgroups may or may not be designated for local
distribution (Distribution: Vegas and/or nv), and is intended for all
systems in the Las Vegas area or those interested in same on the same level
as the la, ca, ba, ny, nyc, and other similar local higherarchies:

vegas.bi                Talk for bisexually natured persons
vegas.config            Configuration discussions for the higherarchy
vegas.food              Anything about food in Las Vegas
vegas.for-sale          For Sale/Want ads (no commercials, please!)
vegas.general           General discussion
vegas.jobs              Jobs offered and wanted in Las Vegas
vegas.motss             MOTSS community talk
vegas.personals         Personal ads - any nature
vegas.singles           Talk for singles
vegas.test              Group to test post to

WWW PAGES about Las Vegas, Hotels, Things to do, etc.

HTTP://www.infi.net:80/vegas/online/
HTTP://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~iew/index.html
HTTP://www.best.com/~rdc/roger/vegas.html
HTTP://www.intermind.net/las.vegas.on-line/homepage.html

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                                 STUFF TO BUY

Stuff is for sale from DEF CON I and II in case you are interested.  From the
first year we have audio tapes (4 90 minute tapes) for $20 and the second
year (10 90 minute tapes) for $30.  Descriptions of these tapes are below.

DEF CON I Tapes (4) include the following speakers:

Ray Kaplan, Curtis Karnow, Gail Thackeray, Dead Addict, Dark Druid, Judi Clark
Dan Farmer, and Dr. Mark Ludwig.

DEF CON II Tapes (10) include the following speakers:

Phillip Zimmermann : Keynote Speaker, PGP.
Gail Thackeray : Response to Mr. Zimmermann and Privacy issues.
Chris Hall : Electronic Surveillance.
Curtis Karnow : Recombinant Culture, Crime in the Digital Network.
Dr. Mark Ludwig : Virus Creation Awards and What to do when the Feds come.
Judi Clark, Mara, Fen and Marianne in a Round Table Discussion.
The Dark Knight : Hacking in the UK
Sara Gordon, Mark Aldrich, Phil Zimmermann: Internet and PGP privacy concerns.
Annaliza (Torquie) : The European Underground scene.
Mark Lottor : Various cellular topics.
Winn Schwartau : HERF guns, Van Eck, Information Warfare
Peter Beruk : The role of the SPA, general Q&A.
Padgett Peterson : Anti-Virus writing, Cleaning up other peoples messes.
The Jackal : A basic radio overview with Q&A.
Artimage : Underground spoof and give aways.
Stephen Dunifer : Radio Free Berkeley and pirate media.
Damien Thorn : Random Cell information from the late night tech talks.

SHIRTS are still available to buy.  The ones remaining are long sleeve white
with the choice of two styles.  Both styles have a three color logo on the
front (Red, Gray, Black) with "DEF CON".  The back is either a list of
strange grep key words and "inside" keywords with "Why?  Because I can." at
the top.  Back #2 is the same back as DEF CON I with the old and "new" 4
Amendment as stated by J.P. Barlow with "Protect your rights, Encrypt your
data..." at the top.  The back on this style is two colors.. black lettering
framed in light gray for better definition.  Shirts are $20.

SHIPPING : If you buy anything, please include 2.90 for priority shipping.

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                                LAST AND LEAST

OK!  Your almost ready to go.  Now here is an E-Z to follow checklist of
things you should take care of before throwing caution to the wind and
bailing out to the dangerous and sexy-wrong world of Las Vegas.  In the
words of one famous (and abused) phone system: "Sit up straight, PAY
ATTENTION, Listen to what your being told. (Now try again)"  (Whoever can
identify that phone system first gets in free)

                    StUPh 2 D0 b3fore the C0nvent1ion:

_  Check out inpho about Vegas so you know what you wanna do.
_  Get a hotel room or some crash pad.
_  Bring $40 for admission or pay $30 in advance.
_  Bring your PGP key on disk to key sign with others.
_  Bring Laptop, laplink, serial, and bizarre gender changer cables.
_  Bring things to donate for the give-away raffle.
_  Leave massively incriminating evidence at home.
_  Police scanners can provide hours of fun in Vegas.
_  Bring interesting videos to play in the video room.
_  Caffeine and snacks are fun to eat.
_  Don't forget any drugs or medication you may need.
_  You won't need saline for your contact lenses, you won't be sleeping.
_  Anything you promised your friends you would bring for them.
_  Join the mailing list and arrange rides or rooms with others in advance.

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                                 MY PGP KEY

                       This is the unsigned version
        My signed version is available on the public key-servers

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                      WHY IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT SIGNED?

Well, last year it came to my attention that some unknown person in
California had modified an announcement and was having people mail their
pre-registration money to them instead.  It was actually pretty funny.  Only
one person was fooled and lost 10$.  Not bad.  I knew something was up when
he said he had pre-registered for 10$ and had the receipt I had supposedly
mailed back.  I am never that organized!  To avoid potential problems like
this one please verify this announcement!@#  My key is available for
verification on public key servers, and my key-id is 46A8294D.  The
other key you will find on servers may be my older 1284bit key, which is
still good, but just not used to sign this text.

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