DEF CON 29
August 5-8, 2021 taking place across multiple internet services and in Las Vegas. See the DEF CON website for up to date information.
Join us for another DEF CON adventure and enjoy some hardware hacking shenanigans!
Keep up to date with the DEF CON website
Keep an eye on our Twitter feed to stay up to date with announcements as they come out!
DEF CON 29 HHV Challenges and More
DEF CON 29 is in the books, but if you missed the HHV CTF, the challenges are now available to download from our site. Check out the DC29 HHV Challenge Page for challenges, writeups, and details from the weekends hardware hacking focused CTF.
DEF CON 29 Kali HHV live CD torrents are live!
With DEF CON 29 quickly approaching, we’ve locked in to place our official Kali HHV live images and have begun distribution via bittorrent. If you are unfamilar or unaware of this, we’ve forked Offensive Security’s Kali Linux image builder. We used this opportunity to cram as much hardware hacking goodness that we could in to a DVD sized image. This allows us to give out and use our own live CD that has nearly all of the hardware hacking tools one could need during DEF CON. And, since it’s based on the existing Kali Linux framework, it has all of the features one would expect from a security focused live CD.
De-layered PCB Display
Ever wondered how multi-layer PCBs fit together? Ever been curious about how PCBs are reverse engineered? In this project, we’ve torn down two different PCB designs to demonstrate a destructive method for de-layering multi-layer PCBs for further analysis, as well as encapsulating them for display.
Converting UPS 2844 to stock Zebra LP-2844 firmware
The Zebra 2844 is your bog standard no frills thermal label printer that was produced for more than 8 years. I cannot be sure of exactly how it went down, but I do believe that UPS would subsidize these printers re-branded as “UPS 2844.” Using their custom firmware would limit use to their tools and drivers (sort of, it’s complicated). It was in their interest to not let the Average Joe put the stock firmware on the device if they were giving them away or selling at a reduced price. This is how to restore a UPS 2844 to the stock firmware followed by a breakdown of the full thought process.
DC26 HHV Challenge Write-up
Thank you to everyone who participated, or is still participating, in this year’s challenge. This was my first year creating and running the HHV challenge, and as a result, I’ve learned a lot and I hope to bring it even better next year! Huge shout out to Chris Dubsky for being the first (and only) person to solve the challenge at DEF CON. If you weren’t able to participate, but still want to, the files are available on our Github. SPOILER ALERT Below is a write-up of the challenges and solutions. Don’t read past this point if you are still attempting (or want to attempt) the challenges without help/solutions.
We want your feedback from your DEF CON 26 HHV experience
With DEF CON 26 at an end, we want to know what you thought. What did you like about it, what didn’t work for you, and any suggestions you might have for the future.
Re-created instructions for DEF CON Jack kit; now beginner friendly.
Many a trinkets have been popping up at DEF CON. However over the last few years a constant figure has been the DEF CON Jack kit. This neat little kit is available directly from the DEF CON Swag booth. It is in the shape of the iconic smiley face and crossbones, with RGB LED eyes that change color based on ambient temperature.
Robo Sumo is Back!
We are proud to be hosting another round of Robo Sumo this year. We have posted the rules for this year.
Special Announcement for DEF CON 26!
The culture of hacking is always changing; the people, the mindset, even the clothes. The DEF CON Hardware Hacking Village was established for DC16 and celebrated its 10th anniversary at DC25. While we have strived to provide the best resource for everyone, we feel that we have fallen behind in the last few years. This is mostly due to the strained resource of the HHV, the majestic soldering iron. Even though we maintain a large amount of irons, it has not been enough to keep up with demand. While soldering is an important skill, the hardware hacker’s tool belt contains more than the soldering iron and the HHV’s goal is to teach and provide this broad spectrum of tools. To accommodate this, the HHV is branching in to two independent groups.