Annual Black Hat and DefCon security conferences shifted online due to COVID-19

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Annual Black Hat and Def Con security conferences to be held online due to coronavirus pandemic

It’s not just parliaments and companies that are hit by the dreaded coronavirus pandemic. Even hackers are affected. The annual Black Hat and Def Con security conferences will not be held in Las Vegas this year. Def Con and Black Hat announced today that their upcoming security conferences be an all-virtual event.

The Black Hat and Def Con conferences are held annually in Las Vegas and are attended by hackers and security researchers who showcase their exploits to other security researchers, media, tech companies, governments and other attendees.

The Black Hat 2020 was scheduled to be held from August 1st to 6th, and Def Con 28 was to follow on August 7th to 9th. Both the conferences took the decision due to the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.

“We have been continuously reviewing the best ways to serve the information security community over the past few months as the global health situation continues to develop. While we will not be meeting in person, we are moving forward with a plan to transform Black Hat USA into an all-virtual event in order to best serve our community,” Black Hat stated in an announcement.

Def Con, who has a running joke every year that their conference is being canceled, have actually gone through with it and has now entered “Safe Mode with Networking” as they switch to an online conference.

“Even though our in-person Las Vegas event is canceled, we will run DEF CON 28 Safe Mode August 7-9 (Friday through Sunday) with 101 orientation Thursday – all of it remote. We will use the DEF CON Forums to coordinate all the various ways you to participate. That is where everyone can announce their plans, do signups, post pictures, and videos and get people involved,” Def Con also announced.

Def Con planned on using their Discord server to organize the virtual conference while Black Hat has not confirmed the mode of the virtual conference.

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