Some of the 2004 DefCon talks included Â“Weaknesses in Satellite Television Protection Schemes,Â” Â“Network Attack Visualization,Â” and Â“The Open-Source Security MythÂ—and How to Make it a Reality.Â” Particulars on the most recent as well as the upcoming DefCons can be found at the official Website, http://www.defcon.org.
Though the general public tends to think that only odd individuals attend hacking conventions such as DefCon, the audience is full of IT security professionals of all ages who are genuinely interested in making the IT world a safer place.
On March 1, 2005, an online memorial was written by a Mr. Priest (a regular attendee at DefCon) regarding a friend he met at DefCon 5. This memorial piece provides insight into the long-lasting friendships that develop at the annual hacker convention. PriestÂ’s deceased friendÂ’s name was Josh Cohen. On February 22 Mr. Cohen, who was piloting his Glasair, told Air Traffic Control that he had a view of Â“the Crescent City airportÂ” and that he was stopping radar service to switch to the local airport frequency for his final approach. The last radar contact indicated he was about 400 feet above ground level. The crashed plane was found on February 23, 2005. Noting that Cohen would be sorely missed, Priest reminded others in the hacker community that Josh was the guy with the RTD bus who served as hotel liaison at DefCon 5.