🦄 Tech

Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Gain Momentum at DEFCON

Las Vegas, NV – This year, for the first time, a space was dedicated to blockchain and cryptocurrency at DEFCON 26. The Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Open Security Village (BCOS Village) was created in an effort to grow the community and make “blockchain technology & cryptocurrencies…

🦄 LGBTQ+

Queercon Brings Together LGBTQ InfoSec Community at DEFCON

Las Vegas, NV – Over the past 15 years, Queercon has grown from a social group to a complete con-within-a-con at the yearly DEFCON hacking conference. Queercon has grown into the largest social network of LGBTQ hackers from around the world, and offers a space…

🦄 Labor

Sex Work After SESTA/FOSTA: A Discussion With Maggie Mayhem at DEFCON

Las Vegas, NV – According to sex workers’ rights activist Maggie Mayhem, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), and FOSTA, have created a more dangerous environment for sex workers in the United States, driving them back onto the street.

A November 2017 research paper …

🦄 Social Control, Tech

Biohacker Stores Encrypted Data in DNA

Las Vegas, NV – Unicorn Riot sat down with self-described “biohacker” John Dunlap to discuss how recent advances in genetic sequencing and modification technology has allowed him to experiment with storing encrypted data in DNA. Dunlap described how biologically hiding encrypted data could help people…

🦄 Social Control

Pwning Targets Through Social Engineering at DEFCON

Las Vegas, NV – Social engineering (SE) is defined as “any act that influences a person to take an action that may or may not be in their best interest”, according to the website social-engineer.org.

The art of social engineering can be used for a…