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The IoT Village at DEF CON

  • Caesar's Las Vegas, NV 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV, 89109 United States (map)
  • Twitter: @iotvillage
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  • Date: July 27-30
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Cost: Prices for this year's DEF CON haven't been set yet; last year it was $240, cash only, at the door.


DEF CON is a notorious conference that began within the underground hacker community but has now grown into an important gathering of security pros that still keeps its alternative edge, with attendees aiming to crack systems and reveal vulnerabilities in real time. The IoT Village is a sort of conference within the conference at DEF CON, organized by security consulting and research firm Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

Attendees at last year's IoT Village found 47 exploits in 23 devices. One attendee bragged, "I can shut down the equivalent of a small to mid-sized power generation facility ... I can use that device as a Trojan within a target's network to spy on them. It looks very likely that I can remotely physically damage a solar array using this manufacturer's device."

Who should attend? In the words of ISE, it's for anyone who's a "security researcher, a device manufacturer, a member of the law enforcement community, or anyone else with even a passing interest" in addressing challenges around IoT security.