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Each Village, as it’s name may imply, specializes in a topic or aspect of security or computers.

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Adversary Village – ADV


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Adversary Village is a community initiative which primarily focuses on adversary simulation, purple teaming, and adversary tradecraft. The village covers adversary emulation, threat/APT/ransomware emulation, breach and adversarial attack simulation, supply chain security, adversary tactics, research on nation-state sponsored threat-actors, adversary intelligence, life, adversarial mindset, adversary philosophy and hacker survival skills.

The goal of the Adversary Village is to build an open security community for the researchers and organizations, who are putting together new means, methodologies towards the simulation and emulation of adversary tactics and purple teaming.

Subsequent to feedback from past editions, Adversary Village shall focus on hosting hands-on deep technical workshops, live demonstrations, panel discussions and a ton of other hands-on activities on adversarial attack simulation/emulation, adversary tactics and hacker survival skills. Adversary Village would have the following hands-on activities for this year at DEF CON;

Adversary simulator and purple teaming hands-on booth: Adversary Simulator booth is a volunteer assisted activity, which has hands-on adversary emulation plans and exercises specific to a wide variety of threat-actors; these are meant to provide the participants with a better understanding of adversarial attack emulation. The booth will be hosting a simulated environment meant to recreate enterprise infrastructure, operational technology environment, which serves targets for various attack simulations.

The hands-on simulator booth also hosts an activity, which would need the participants to generate their own adversary emulation plans to assess the efficacy of the defense systems based on publicly available cyber threat intelligence.

Choose-your-own adversary adventure game: Adversary adventure is a story-scenario based, interactive, choose-your-own adventure model interactive game. This is a gamified version of table-top exercises which is presented to the participants as they can choose to play as an attacker, post exploitation OR a Defender who is defending against an attacker group-threat actor OR even play as a CISO who is dealing with an adversarial situation such as a ransomware incident.

Hands-on deep technical workshops:
Adversary Village will feature a limited number of deep technical workshops focused on advanced adversary tradecraft and techniques.

Adversary Wars CTF:
Adversary Village will be hosting a CTF named “Adversary Wars”, where the participants will have to pose as adversaries and replicate adversarial actions against each element of a “target” organization. Adversary Wars would have real world simulation of CTF scenarios and challenges, where the participants can perform various attacks and learn new attack vectors, TTPs, techniques, etc. To visualize the CTF environment, the contest area will feature a miniature model of the city made using interlocking-plastic-bricks. The breached components OR organization buildings will be physically marked in the city model as the CTF progresses.

Just like in previous years, winning teams in the CTF competition can expect fantastic prizes. Additionally, there will be complimentary hoodies (yes, the iconic adversary village hoodies), free t-shirts, cool stickers, village coins, badges, and various other swag for the village participants.

Links:
    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@AdversaryVillage
    Website – https://adversaryvillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248652
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248651
    Twitter (@AdversaryVillag) – https://twitter.com/AdversaryVillag



Aerospace Village – ASV


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The aviation and space industries, security researchers, and the public share a common goal: safe, reliable, and trustworthy aviation and space operations. For too long, negative perceptions and fractured trust on all sides have held back collaboration between the aviation, space, and security researcher communities that has advanced safety, reliability, and security of other industries. As the traditional domains of aviation safety and cybersecurity increasingly overlap, more effective collaboration between stakeholders ensures we will be safer, sooner, together.

Through the Aerospace Village, the security research community invites industry leaders, researchers and academia interested in aviation and space security, safety, and resilience to attend, understand, collaborate together to achieve our common goals. Empathy and understanding build common ground, while acts and words likely to increase division between these two communities undermine these efforts. The Aerospace Village welcomes those who seek to improve aviation and space security, safety, and resilience through positive, productive collaboration among all ecosystem stakeholders.

Our Goal

The Aerospace Village is a volunteer team of hackers, pilots, and policy advisors who come from the public and private sectors. We believe the flying public deserves safe, reliable, and trustworthy air travel which is highly dependent on secure aviation and space operations.

Our Mission

  • Create, sustain, and grow an inclusive community focused on aerospace cybersecurity;
  • Inspire the next generation of aerospace cybersecurity leaders;
  • Promote and develop aerospace cybersecurity expertise and knowledge.

The Aerospace Village will do this by:

  • Building connections, trust, and understanding among all Village participants.
  • Developing aerospace security skills among DEF CON attendees through workshops and hands-on activities.
  • Promoting constructive dialog through talks and interaction.
Links:
    Website – https://www.aerospacevillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248645
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248644
    Twitter (@secureaerospace) – https://twitter.com/secureaerospace



AppSec Village – APV


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Come immerse yourself in everything the world of application security has to offer. Whether you are a red, blue, or purple teamer, come learn from the best of the best to exploit software vulnerabilities and secure software. Software is everywhere, and Application Security vulnerabilities are lurking around every corner, making the software attack surface attractive for abuse. If you are just an AppSec n00b or launch deserialization attacks for fun and profit, you will find something to tickle your interest at the AppSec Village.

Software runs the world. Everything from IoT, medical devices, the power grid, smart cars, and voting apps – all have software behind them. Such a variety of topics will be reflected in our cadre of guest speakers representing all backgrounds and walks of life.

AppSec Village welcomes all travelers to choose from talks and workshops by expert community members, an all-AppSec-focused CTF, contests that challenge your mind and your skillz, and more. Bring your thirst for knowledge and passion for breaking things, and your visit to AppSec Village will be thrilling!​

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    Website – https://www.appsecvillage.com/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248677
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248676
    Twitter (@AppSec_Village) – https://twitter.com/AppSec_Village



Artificial Intelligence Village – AIV


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AI Village is focused on teaching you what you need to know to both defend and break AI. Come learn how ChatGPT, StableDiffusion, malware detectors, ML firewalls, and other AI based products work and how to break them. We have a talks track with world class ML security professionals talking about what they’ve seen and done in the industry. This year we’ve expanded the demo area into 8 stations with demos designed to get you up to speed with the underlying technology fast and hands on. Finally, we’re running workshops in the morning on dedicated hardware and for the afternoon a generative red team event where you can assess open source models and defenses.​

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    Website – https://aivillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248649
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248648



Artificial Intelligence Cyber Challenge – AIxCC


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The Artificial Intelligence Cyber Challenge (AIxCC) is a two-year competition and educational experience asking the best and brightest in AI and cybersecurity to defend the software on which the world relies. AIxCC will ask competitors to design novel AI systems to secure this critical code and will award a cumulative $29.5 million in prizes to teams with the best systems, including $7 million in prizes to small businesses to empower entrepreneurial innovation during the initial phase of AIxCC.

AIxCC will bring together leading AI companies that will work with DARPA to make their cutting-edge technology and expertise available for challenge competitors. These companies will collaborate with DARPA to enable competitors to develop state-of-the-art cybersecurity systems. AIxCC is collaborating closely with the open-source community to guide teams in creating AI systems capable of addressing vital cybersecurity issues, such as the security of critical infrastructure and software supply chains. Most software, and thus most of the code needing protection, is open-source software, often developed by community-driven volunteers. Further, open-source software comprises most of the code running on critical infrastructure in the United States today, including the electricity and telecommunications sectors.

AIxCC competitions will occur at one of the world’s top cybersecurity conferences, DEF CON. The semifinal competition will be at DEF CON 2024, and the final competition at DEF CON 2025, where the top prize will be $4 million.​

Links:
    Website – https://aicyberchallenge.com/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248673
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248672
    Twitter (@DARPA) – https://twitter.com/DARPA



Bio Hacking Village – BHV


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Dive into the Future at the Biohacking Village: Welcome to the Intersection of Biology and Technology

Are you ready to explore the next frontier where technology meets biology? The Biohacking Village at DEF CON invites hackers, cybersecurity experts, biologists, and tech enthusiasts to delve into the exhilarating world of biohacking. This is your unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a revolution that’s redefining the boundaries of biology, technology, and human potential.

Why the Biohacking Village?

  • Uncover the Unknown: Embark on a journey to explore how hacking skills can unlock new potentials in biotechnology. Discover the secrets of DNA hacking, medical device exploitation, and more.
  • Challenge Your Skills: Put your hacking abilities to the test in an entirely new domain. From breaking into sophisticated bioinformatics databases to uncovering vulnerabilities in the latest medical devices, challenge yourself like never before.
  • A Hub of Innovation: Witness groundbreaking demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by pioneers in biotechnology and cybersecurity. The Biohacking Village is your chance to see the future as it unfolds.
  • Collaborate and Create: Join a diverse community of hackers, scientists, healthcare professionals, and ethicists. Collaborate on projects that push the boundaries of what’s possible in health, security, and technology.
  • Ethical Hacking for the Greater Good: Use your skills to make a real-world impact. Contribute to projects focusing on improving public health, securing medical data, and enhancing the safety of biomedical devices.

What Awaits You?

  • Innovative Talks & Panels: Engage with thought leaders discussing everything from CRISPR gene editing to the cybersecurity of implantable devices.
  • Hands-on Workshops: Learn new skills in biohacking, from DIY biology to the art of securing complex bio-systems.
  • Live Demonstrations: Experience cutting-edge technology in action, including live hacking of medical devices and bioinformatics systems.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded individuals and industry leaders who share your passion for technology and innovation.

Join the Vanguard of Biocybersecurity

At the Biohacking Village, we’re not just spectators; we’re active participants shaping the future. Whether you’re a seasoned hacker or just curious about the intersection of biology and technology, there’s something for everyone. Be a part of a community that’s breaking new ground and redefining the possibilities of technology and biology.

Embrace your curiosity, unleash your potential, and join us at the Biohacking Village – where the future of biohacking and cybersecurity converges.

Links:
    Website – https://villageb.io/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248655
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248654



Blacks in Cybersecurity – BICV


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The Blacks In Cybersecurity (B.I.C.) Village seeks to bring culturally diverse perspectives to the holistic Cybersecurity community; by way of a series of talks and a capture the flag event. In providing these activities, we hope to help highlight Black experiences, innovations in the field, Black culture and educate the community about Black history. The B.I.C. Village attracts and retains the presence of Hackers from the United States, Africa, Caribbean and Europe (so far) that are a part of the African Diaspora. This often underrepresented and misrepresented community harbors the drive, determination and stick-to-itiveness that is congruent to the Hacker Spirit yet, statistically lacks the proper resources to pursue careers or engage their perspectives on security topics and research.

Through the exposure and information provided by B.I.C. Village, we believe that we can normalize the discussion of deficiency or prejudices in Cybersecurity education/development for minority communities. We also believe this effort can be translated to allow for more diverse hobbyists and professionals to engage and contribute.​

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    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@blacksincyber
    Mastodon (infosec.exchange) – https://infosec.exchange/@blacksincyber
    Website – http://www.blacksincyberconf.com/bic-village
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248661
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248660



Blue Team Village – BTV


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Welcome to the other side of the hacking mirror. Blue Team Village (BTV) is both a place and a community built for and by people who defend computer systems, networks, and people against cyber attacks. It’s a place to gather, talk, share, and learn from each other about the latest tools, technologies, and tactics that our community can use to detect attackers and prevent them from achieving their goals.

Project Obsidian – BTV’s Home-Grown Content

The Blue Team Village’s Project Obsidian is an immersive, defensive cybersecurity learning experience that provides attendees with the opportunity to gain knowledge of Incident Response (IR), Digital Forensics (DF), Malware Analysis, Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), and Cyber Threat Hunting (CTH). Deep dive into technical topics through workshops and exercises that provide practical hands-on experience across each discipline. Project Obsidian workshops provide cybersecurity training that will enable attendees to develop skills needed to be successful in their current and/or future role.

Two of the most valuable takeaways are how to strategically approach a task and the operational processes that support the objectives behind each task. Knowing ‘how’ to do something is only part of the challenge. Knowing ‘when’ and ‘why’ to perform certain tasks adds necessary context to develop the full story of defensive cybersecurity.​

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    Mastodon (@blueteamvillage@defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@blueteamvillage
    Website – https://blueteamvillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248658
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248657
    Twitter (@BlueTeamVillage) – https://twitter.com/BlueTeamVillage



Bug Bounty Village – BBV


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The global bug bounty community has witnessed exponential growth, with thousands of members actively engaged in the field. This thriving ecosystem now represents a legitimate and sought-after profession for hackers and cybersecurity specialists. It’s time to acknowledge and celebrate this evolution by introducing a dedicated Bug Bounty Village at DEFCON, where hunters, learners, and enthusiasts can converge, interact with top-tier hackers, attend insightful talks, and immerse themselves in hands-on activities.

Our Bug Bounty Village promises to be a focal point for DEFCON attendees. It will feature exclusive talks by some of the world’s foremost bug bounty hunters, who will unveil their groundbreaking techniques and share real-world vulnerabilities discovered through their exploits. Furthermore, representatives from leading global companies with established bug bounty programs will provide invaluable insights, guidance, and recommendations for both aspiring hunters and organizations keen on launching their bug bounty initiatives.

Inclusive Learning & Community Engagement:

Our village aims to cater to all levels of expertise, from beginners taking their first steps in bug hunting to seasoned professionals looking to enhance their skills. We will conduct a series of workshops that cover a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from fundamental concepts for newcomers to advanced techniques tailored to the most experienced hackers in the field. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into practical exercises and learn to utilize tools like Portswigger Burp Proxy effectively.

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    Website – https://bugbountydefcon.com/
    Organizer YouTube (bountytalks) – https://www.youtube.com/c/bountytalks
    Organizer YouTube (infinitelogins) – https://www.youtube.com/c/infinitelogins
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248953
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248952
    Twitter (@BugBountyDEFCON) – https://twitter.com/BugBountyDEFCON
    Twitter (@arl_rose) – https://twitter.com/arl_rose
    Twitter (@infinitelogins) – https://twitter.com/infinitelogins



Car Hacking Village – CHV


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For 10 years, we’ve been rocking the automotive security scene, and this time, we’re cranking up the excitement. Dive into hands-on challenges, snag cool badges, and tackle exercises that’ll take your learning to a whole new level! Let’s make this defcon the most unforgettable yet!​

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    Website – https://www.carhackingvillage.com
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248680
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248679
    Twitter (@CarHackVillage) – https://twitter.com/CarHackVillage



Cloud Village – CLV


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With the industry’s rapid growth in cloud infrastructure, the presence of an open platform to discuss and showcase cloud research becomes a necessity. Cloud village is an open platform for researchers interested in the area of cloud security. We plan to organise talks, tool demos, CTF and workshops around Cloud Security and advancements.

Our CTF will be a jeopardy style 2.5 days contest where participants will have to solve challenges around Cloud infrastructure, security, recon, etc. These challenges will cover different cloud platforms including AWS, GCP, Azure, Alibaba, Digital Ocean, etc. We will also reward our top 3 teams with awards.​

Links:
    Website – https://cloud-village.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248683
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248682
    Twitter (@cloudvillage_dc) – https://twitter.com/cloudvillage_dc



Crypto Privacy Village – CPV


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Launched in 2014, Crypto & Privacy Village (CPV) is a community-run village centred on privacy and cryptography that aims to educate and inform the general public, students, educators, hackers, security and privacy professionals, and policymakers. We provide a unique hybrid space that features talks; chill space for relaxing with friends, doing CTFs, and cross industry networking; the Gold Bug Challenge and desk for hints and support; privacy-related art installations; and an information desk for questions about privacy and cryptography. Come talk with us about facial recognition technology, privacy enhancing clothing, or crypto backdoor laws!​

Links:
    Mastodon (@cryptovillage@defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@cryptovillage
    Website – https://cryptovillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248686
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248685



Data Duplication Village – DDV


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The Data Duplication Village has all the updated bits and bytes available from infocon.org packed up into nice, neat packages. If you’re looking for a copy of all the things, we’ve got what you need to fill up all your storage including a few nice hash tables and all of the DefCon talks. Add to that just about every other security con talk known to hacker-kind! Our village provides a “free-to-you” service of direct access to terabytes of useful data to help build those hacking skills and talk with other storage enthusiasts.

Check the schedule and/or dcddv.org for the most up-to-date information.

HOW IT WORKS

The DDV provides a core set of drive duplicators and data content options. We accept 8TB and larger drives on a first come, first served basis and duplicate ’till we can no longer see straight. Bring in your blank SATA3 drives – check them in early – to get the data you want. Come back in about 24 hours to pick up your data-packed drive. Space allowing, we’ll accept drives all the way through until Saturday morning – but remember, it’s FIFO – get those drives in early!

WHAT YOU GET

We’re working on more content right up until the last minute so keep checking on dcddv.org for the latest. This year, we’re adding new data to duplicate! Humans will be able to choose from the following data sources for duplication:

  1. Infocon.org Archive – 6TB archive of all the past hacking convention videos that DT could find, built on last years collection and always adding more for your data consuming appetite.
  2. Rainbow tables 1 of 3 – 6TB from freerainbowtables.com, the Lanman, MSQLSHA1, and NTLM hash tables plus freerainbowtables.com tools
  3. Rainbow tables 2 of 3 – 6TB from freerainbowtables.com, the A5/1 GSM, and MD5 tables plus freerainbowtables.com tools
  4. Vx Underground Archive – 6TB archive of the latest papers, samples, and code from Vx Underground
  5. Rainbow tables 3 of 3 – 8TB of New NTLM-9 hash tables and a copy of the Infocon.org mirrors
Links:
    Website – https://dcddv.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248950
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248949



DEF CON Groups VR – DCGVR

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Embedded Systems Village – ESV


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Embedded systems exist at the intersection of hardware and software, built to accomplish a specific task. Often these disciplines are dealt with individually, but understanding the custom relationships between hardware and software is key to performing security research on these devices.

Embedded Systems Village advances the security of embedded systems by hosting hands-on hacking workshops, showcasing new security research demos, and organizing exciting hacking contests to educate attendees and manufacturers on the approach hackers use to attack these devices. Attendees will leave the village with an understanding of how to reduce complex, exotic devices to their underlying embedded components and to extract the information required to use the tools and techniques taught at other villages where embedded systems are on display.

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    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248664
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248663



Ham Radio Village – HRV


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Ham radio is the original group of electronic hackers, starting long before computers, circuit chips, or even transistors. Continuing this pioneer spirit, Ham Radio Village is here to support advancement of the hobby with a cybersecurity slant. Everything we do today involves wireless communications of some sort, and a basic knowledge of how radio works is crucial. In the HRV, you can learn hand-on with topics such as how to legally use a radio to send commands to a satellite, communicating around the globe when no other methods exist, and how to send and receive real-time location data without relying on any cellular networks. You can put your skills to the test by trying to find the hidden transmitters in the Ham Radio Fox Hunt contest, as well as transmitting memes over the airwaves to defcon attendees. We provide license testing services for those looking to become licensed or upgrade their license class, as well as guidance on how to hack on the medium to achieve the best results and have the most fun!​​

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    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@HamRadioVillage
    Website – https://hamvillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248667
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248666



Hardware Hacking and Solder Skills Villages – HHV


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Every day our lives become more connected to consumer hardware. Every day the approved uses of that hardware are reduced, while the real capabilities expand. Come discover hardware hacking tricks and tips regain some of that capacity, and make your own use for things! We have interactive demos to help you learn new skills. We have challenges to compete against fellow attendees. We have some tools to help with your fever dream modifications. Come share what you know and learn something new.​

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    Website – https://ddhhv.org/
    Mastodon (@DC_HHV@defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@DC_HHV
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248670
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248669



Industrial Control Systems Village – ICSV


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**Mission**. ICS Village is a non-profit organization with the purpose of providing education and awareness of Industrial Control System security.

  • Connecting public, industry, media, policymakers, and others directly with ICS systems and experts.
  • Providing educational tools and materials to increase understanding among media, policymakers, and general population.
  • Providing access to ICS for security researchers to learn and test.
  • Hands on instruction for industry to defend ICS systems.

**Exhibits**. Interactive simulated ICS environments that provide safe yet realistic examples to preserve safe, secure, and reliable operations. We bring real components such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Remote Telemetry Units (RTU), and actuators, to simulate a realistic environment throughout different industrial sectors. Visitors can connect their laptops to assess these ICS devices with common security scanners, network sniffers to sniff the industrial traffic, and more! We will also have space dedicated to Maritime technology as well as Escape Rooms ran by Idaho National Labs and CISA. In addition to talks, hands-on demos/hacking, and escape rooms we are collaborating with BioHacking Village to demonstrate how Industrial Control Systems are used in Health Care.

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    Website – https://www.icsvillage.com/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248689
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248688



Internet Of Things Village – IOTV


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[Hack all the things](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZCmqMz1Wvo) at IoT Village!

IoT Village advocates for advancing security in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry through bringing researchers and industry together. IoT Village hosts talks by expert security researchers, interactive hacking labs, live bug hunting in the latest IoT tech, and competitive IoT hacking contests, including our 4 time black badge DEF CON CTF. Over the years, IoT Village has served as a platform to showcase and uncover hundreds of new vulnerabilities, giving attendees from around the globe the opportunity to learn about the most innovative techniques to both hack and secure IoT. IoT Village is organized by security consulting and research firm, [Independent Security Evaluators (ISE)](https://www.ise.io/).

Follow both ISE (@ISEsecurity) and IoT Village (@IoTvillage) on Twitter for updates on talks, contests, and giveaways.

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    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@IoTVillage/
    Website – https://iotvillage.org/defcon.html
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248692
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248691
    Twitter (@iotvillage) – https://twitter.com/iotvillage
    Twitter (@ISEsecurity) – https://twitter.com/ISEsecurity



Lock Pick Village – LPV


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Want to tinker with locks and tools the likes of which you’ve only seen in movies featuring secret agents, daring heists, or covert entry teams?

Then come on by the Lockpick Village, run by The Open Organization Of Lockpickers, where you will have the opportunity to learn hands-on how the fundamental hardware of physical security operates and how it can be compromised.

The Lockpick Village is a physical security demonstration and participation area. Visitors can learn about the vulnerabilities of various locking devices, techniques used to exploit these vulnerabilities, and practice on locks of various levels of difficultly to try it themselves.

Experts will be on hand to demonstrate and plenty of trial locks, pick tools, and other devices will be available for you to handle. By exploring the faults and flaws in many popular lock designs, you can not only learn about the fun hobby of sport-picking, but also gain a much stronger knowledge about the best methods and practices for protecting your own property.

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    Website – https://www.toool.us/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248928
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248927
    Twitter (@toool) – https://twitter.com/toool



Packet Hacking Village – PHV


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The Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON provides a community learning experience for people of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals. While DEF CON is made up of dozens of small community-of-interest villages, we are one of the largest and most well known. We host practical training, network forensics and analysis games, and the renowned Capture The Packet event, which has been a Black Badge contest over 10 times and draws world-class hackers from around the world. Our mission has always been simple: to teach people good internet safety practices, and to provide an atmosphere that encourages everyone to explore and learn.

We provide a welcoming environment for hackers of all skill levels and backgrounds to network, learn new things, and be active participants in DEF CON. Our famous “Wall of Sheep” provides a fun and interactive take on internet security and privacy, while our contests Packet Inspector, Packet Detective, and Capture The Packet serve as a zero-to-hero pathway for individuals to learn network security, packet analysis, and delve into advanced security topics. Every year we strive to bring something new and innovative to DEF CON, whether it’s never-seen-before talks or creative games to teach and test skills.

Depending on what talks, contests, and events participants select, they can expect to learn any/all of the following:

Basic Internet security and privacy, network cable construction, honeypot setup and operation, regex, Linux training, packet interception and decoding, network analysis, sniffing, and forensics, reverse engineering, file forensics, system forensics, cryptography analysis, and more to be determined by the talks and workshops that we accept.

The Packet Hacking Village and Wall of Sheep have been a part of DEF CON since DEF CON 9, and we are proud to provide education and training to the hacker community at no cost.

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    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wallofsheep
    Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/wallofsheep/
    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnL9S5Wv_dNvO381slSA06w
    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@wallofsheep
    Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/wallofsheep/
    Tumblr – https://wallofsheep.tumblr.com/
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    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248889
    Twitter (@wallofsheep) – https://twitter.com/wallofsheep



Password Village – PWV

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Payment Village – PYV


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Come to the Payment Village to learn about payment technologies, their history, and how hackers bypass security and fraud mechanisms to cash out! Payment technologies play a crucial role in our daily lives, yet many of us lack an understanding of how they work. We invite you to explore the history of payments and to learn how modern-day payments work. The village is jam-packed with hands-on experiences and exciting challenges!

Unsure where to start? Sign up for one of our workshops to get going. Do you have adept problem-solving skills? Pick up a Payment Village credit card and take part in our card hacking challenge! Looking for a unique challenge and want to get physical? Try our scavenger hunt. Bigger and better than last year! Try your hand at our cash-grab machines with real money. Catch as much money as you can to decipher the clues and solve the challenges.

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    Website – https://www.paymentvillage.org/
    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/PaymentVillage
    Telegram – https://t.me/paymentvillage
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248893
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248892
    Twitter (@paymentvillage) – https://twitter.com/paymentvillage



Physical Security Village – PSV


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The Physical Security Village explores the world of door hardware bypasses and techniques generally outside of the realm of cyber-security and lockpicking. Come learn some of these lock bypasses, how to fix them, and have the opportunity to try them out for yourself.

We’ll be covering the basics, like the under-the-door-tool and latch slipping attacks, as well as an in depth look at more complicated bypasses. Learn about elevator hacking, defeating alarm systems and surveillance cameras, and cut-away and display models of common hardware to show how it works on the inside.

We are one of the easiest villages to get started in – read the instruction sheets we have or scan a QR code to learn the techniques, or ask any of our volunteers in the green shirts if you have questions! Looking for a challenge? Show us you can use lock bypass to escape from a pair of standard handcuffs in under 30 seconds and receive a prize!

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    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@physsec
    Website – https://physsec.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248896
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248895



Policy Village – PLV


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The DEF CON community understands that creating a safer digital society requires collaboration between security and policy experts. Policy @ DEF CON provides a space for representatives of all areas of security to come together to educate and engage each other.

Tech policy is being written as we speak and we believe that including diverse expert voices will improve outcomes and help to bridge gaps between technical and policy practitioners. Senior government officials, nonprofit and private sector experts, security researchers, hackers, academics and technologists from around the world all come together at Policy @ DEF CON.

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    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/@defconpolicy
    Website – https://defcon.org/policy/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248899
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248898
    Twitter (@defconpolicy) – https://twitter.com/defconpolicy



Quantum Village – QTV


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Attention Quantum Hackers – Quantum Village is Back for DEF CON 32! Come and explore and discover new technologies to hack – this year, we are focusing on quantum tech and society; from how to hack quantum networks to how ‘thinking quantum’ could change the world. We have a plethora of new activities, open to all levels, for hackers to come and learn quantum technologies – workshops, some talks, interactive demonstrations, and real quantum hardware! We also have the return of our infamous Quantum-CTF – pitch your wits against the Quantum Quizmasters and earn points for glory! Come and learn more about this exciting emerging field of technology and science, and become a QUANTUM HACKER!

We are very excited to bring back Quantum Village after our standing-room only success these last two years! This year we want to focus on looking at the parallels between how classical computing developed and became distributed and interconnected through LANs and WANs and later social networks, and how quantum computing is looking to do the same with the ‘quantum internet’, and what it means to have a ‘social quantum network’. To this end we are working with some quantum infrastructure companies to have a real quantum network present at the event and ready for people to hack, e.g. via messing with the fibre lines we plan on distributing throughout the village.

We also want to use this analogy to get participants to ask questions about how quantum technologies can, should, and may fit into society at large, building on our ‘Quantum Life’ sessions in previous years that have lead to some really engaging discussions and thought provoking debates – all of which we would continue to build upon.

We also want to provide a bigger, more expansive Quantum CTF competition within the village that we would like to build our own hardware (e.g. badges) to present both as part of the challenge.

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    Website – https://quantumvillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248902
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248901
    Twitter (@quantum_village) – https://twitter.com/quantum_village



Radio Frequency Village – RFV


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After 17 years of evolution, from the WiFi Village, to the Wireless Village, RF Hackers Sanctuary presents: The Radio Frequency Village at DEFCON 32. The Radio Frequency Village is an environment where people come to learn about the security of radio frequency (RF) transmissions, which includes wireless technology, applications of software defined radio (SDR), Bluetooth (BT), Zigbee, WiFi, Z-wave, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Infrared (IR) and other protocols within the usable RF spectrum. As a security community we have grown beyond WiFi, and even beyond Bluetooth and Zigbee. The RF Village includes talks on all manner of radio frequency command and control as well as communication systems. While everyone knows about the WiFi and Bluetooth attack surfaces, most of us rely on many additional technologies every day. RF Hackers Sanctuary is supported by a group of experts in the area of information security as it relates to RF technologies. RF Hackers Sanctuary’s common purpose is to provide an environment in which participants may explore these technologies with a focus on improving their skills through offense and defense. These learning environments are provided in the form of guest speakers, panels, and Radio Frequency Capture the Flag games, to promote learning on cutting edge topics as it relates to radio communications. We promise to still provide free WiFi.

Co-located with the RF Village is the RF Capture the Flag. Come for the talks, stay for the practice and the competition.

Who runs this thing?

RF Hackers Sanctuary is a group of all volunteers with expertise in radio security and various other related fields. We are the original creators of the WiFi Capture the Flag, Wireless Capture the Flag, and RF Capture the Flag. We are the original founders of the WiFi Village, Wireless Village, and RF Village. Often imitated, never duplicated.

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    Website – https://rfhackers.com/
    Discord – https://discordapp.com/invite/JjPQhKy
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248905
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248904
    Twitter (@rfhackers) – https://twitter.com/rfhackers
    Twitter (@rf_ctf) – https://twitter.com/rf_ctf



Recon Village – RCV


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Recon Village is an Open Space with Talks, Live Demos, Workshops, Discussions, CTFs, etc., with a common focus on Reconnaissance. The core objective of this village is to spread awareness about the importance of reconnaissance and open-source intelligence (OSINT) and demonstrate how even a small piece of information about a target can cause catastrophic damage to individuals and organizations. As recon is a vital phase for infosec as well as investigations, folks should have this skill set in their arsenal. People should check out Recon Village, as they get to learn novel point/recon techniques, play hands-on CTF, participate in Live Recon, and, most of all, have fun. At RV, we keep things simple, and the focus is on generating quality content using talks, workshops, CTF, live hacking, hackathons, etc. This year, we are launching a new hands-on event, i.e. Live Recon Contest, where we will challenge participants to perform recon on organization (pre-approved) – live and compete against each other to find as many as recon flags. This will include gauging skills like domain discovery, subdomain enumerations, GitHub Dorking, Metadata Extraction, data harvesting, social media profiling, threat intel mining, correlations and aggregations, and a lot more.

Also, to reduce the barrier to entry, we are going to host 101 Hands-on OSINT & Recon Workshops where people can learn and practice some new skills.

Similar to the previous years, there will be Awesome rewards for the winners, along with free t-shirts, stickers, village coins, and other schwag which attendees can grab and show off. We will be making changes to our badge as well. P.S. We will not be selling it, though.

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    Website – https://reconvillage.org/
    YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/reconvillage
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248908
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248907
    Twitter (@reconvillage) – https://twitter.com/reconvillage



Red Team Village – RTV


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The Red Team Village is focused on training the art of critical thinking, collaboration, and strategy in offensive security. The RTV brings together information security professionals to share new tactics and techniques in offensive security. Attendees may spend all three days engaged in introductory workshops or challenge themselves in an immersive Capture the Flag competition to put their newly obtained skills to the test.

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    Website – https://redteamvillage.io/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248911
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248910
    Twitter (@RedTeamVillage_) – https://twitter.com/RedTeamVillage_



Social Engineering Village – SEV


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Hours
Friday: 08:30 – 18:00 Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00 Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
Location
The Social Engineering Community Village will be in the LVCC West Hall rooms W317-319

Welcome to the Social Engineering Community! The SEC village focuses purely on the human aspect of security, Social Engineering, to enable people of all ages and backgrounds interested in the subject matter to have a venue to learn, discuss, and practice this craft.

This year, over three days at DEF CON, you can expect the following events to take place in the village:

  • Vishing Competition (#SECVC): This edge-of-your-seat competition is where prior selected teams (who have already put WEEKS of work into the competition) place live phone calls inside a soundproof booth in front of SEC audience members to elicit as many objectives as possible. The highest score wins! This competition takes place only on Friday.
  • Youth Challenge: Anyone 18 and under is invited to compete and learn about more than just Social Engineering; our challenges include areas in cryptography, network security, defusing intergalactic implosion bombs, and more. Can you stop the universe from imploding into what we’re assuming is probably another universe but much smaller? We hope so! Otherwise, even the dolphins will have to find a new home.
  • Cold Calls: This event lets DEF CON attendees sign up in the village (first come, first serve style) to place live phone calls inside the soundproof booth. We provide the target and phone number, then give a few objectives (easy, medium, and hard), and start a countdown timer to see if they have the skills to get information from a stranger with no preparation. There is nothing to prepare for, just bring yourself!
  • New: This year, we may have a couple more surprises up our sleeves – stay tuned and check out our website as it gets closer to DEF CON with our daily schedule!
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    Website – https://www.se.community/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248914
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248913



Tamper Evident Village – TEV


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“Tamper-evident” refers to a physical security technology that provides evidence of tampering (access, damage, repair, or replacement) to determine authenticity or integrity of a container or object(s). In practical terms, this can be a piece of tape that closes an envelope, a plastic detainer that secures a hasp, or an ink used to identify a legitimate document. Tamper-evident technologies are often confused with “tamper resistant” or “tamper proof” technologies which attempt to prevent tampering in the first place. Referred to individually as “seals,” many tamper technologies are easy to destroy, but a destroyed (or missing) seal would provide evidence of tampering! The goal of the TEV is to teach attendees how these technologies work and how many can be tampered with without leaving evidence.

The Tamper-Evident Village includes the following contests and events:

  • The Box; an electronic tamper challenge. An extremely realistic explosive with traps, alarms, and a timer ticking down. One mistake and BOOM, you’re dead. Make every second count! Sign ups on-site when the TEV begins.
  • Tamper-Evident King of the Hill; a full-featured tamper challenge. Tamper single items at your leisure and attempt to beat the current best. There can be only ONE! No sign ups required, play on-site when the TEV begins.
  • Badge Counterfeiting Contest; submit your best forgery of a DEF CON human badge. Other target badges are also available for those looking for more counterfeit fun!
  • For your viewing pleasure, collections of high-security tamper-evident seals from around the world.
  • Presentations & demonstrations on various aspects of tamper-evident seals and methods to defeat them.
  • Hands-on fun with adhesive seals, mechanical seals, envelopes, and evidence bags.​
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    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248917
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248916



Telecom Village – TCV


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The Telecom Village is a platform for anyone with an interest in both the offensive and defensive facets of telecom security. The village is where a variety of events, including talks, CTFs, and discussions centred on telecom security, take place. The Telecom Village’s primary focus would be on Telecom Security. We plan to host multiple hands-on events as part of the village to give participants an overview security specific challenges in a Telcom Network. This includes: CTFs in telecom signaling security and another one in Private 5G and select set of mini workshops and panels, spread across two days.

This Year we are planning to cover the following points Live4G/5G(SA) with Commercial BTS, internals and of a SIM Card, Simulating 4G/5G in a portal portable computing device, fundamentals of VoLTE/VoNR and its Attack vectors, MBSS for Telecom Security etc.

Telecom Security is an extremely focused and relatively closed domain within the Industry. We hope to bring this to a larger audience, ensure that they have a source which could act as a structure to facilitate learning and development in the sector. We will see larger adoption of Private 5G network across the globe and industries, which will come with it’s own set of unique challenges. We hope this village will play a key role is development and identification of key talents/projects which will help in tackling security challenges that plagues the telecom sector.

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    Website – https://telecomvillage.com/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248919
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248918
    Twitter (@TelecomVillage) – https://twitter.com/TelecomVillage



Voting Village – VMV


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The Voting Village is an interactive educational environment that provides the public with the unique opportunity to have hands-on experience with our current election infrastructure. Attendees will be able to interact with multiple different types of voting systems, all of which are currently in use across the country today. Hackers will have the opportunity to test how secure these voting systems truly are, and will report to the Voting Village Lead’s any vulnerabilities they find. The Voting Village explores all aspects of election security and works to promote a more secure democracy.

Attendees of Voting Village will also have access to Harri Hursti, the world’s premier hacker and leading election and cyber security expert who has successfully hacked voting machines on multiple occasions. Aside from Harri, attendees will have access to other experts as well as the option of joining us for our speaker track (TALKS) that will take place every day except for the last Sunday of DEF CON. Our speaker track represents the most relevant government agencies and the top media outlets. Additionally, there will be multiple showings of Harri’s HBO documentary, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections. We will also have two Capture The Flags (CONTESTS) taking place throughout DEF CON.

Due to it being a presidential election year, the focus on elections is going to be extremely heightened. Having an open research environment like the Voting Village helps offset the misinformation and disinformation that is rampant leading up to a presidential election. The Voting Village not only addresses election infrastructure related issues but also focuses on information integrity as a critical element of our election system. Our talks given by the most reputable subject matter experts cover all of these election related topics.

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    Website – https://votingvillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248922
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248921
    Twitter (@VotingVillageDC) – https://twitter.com/VotingVillageDC



XR Village – XRV


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Talks, playground for using XR tech, open bug hunt, bug bounty workshop, tech & art performances, VR gaming, and cross conference AR “Pokemon Go!” style collection experience. Federal agencies CISA and national laboratories Idaho & Pacific Northwest will be hosting interactive demos and an escape room in our space. They will be in collaboration with the ICS Village.

Workshop / Open Bug Hunt Pwn-a-Palooza (Collab with Hardware Hacking Village, Red Team Village)

The event is an open bug hunt with components of hardware hacking, XR rooted devices for workshop tie-in (VR headsets, glasses) and we are working with other villages and seeking support from industry pros to better direct the expectation of the hunt. We would like to offer prizing.

Playground

Open area for exploring emerging and existing XR tech; gaming, haptics, deconstructed devices to play with.

AR hunt / collection game

Collect village “stickers” throughout the con a la Pokemon Go! Style AR overlay that interacts with all the other villages at DEF CON. Think red mowhawks from Red Team Village, a viking from Adversary Village, a goat from OWASP, etc.

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    Mastodon (defcon.social) – https://defcon.social/xrvillage
    Website – https://www.xrvillage.org/
    Discuss (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248925
    Sub-forum (DEF CON Forums) – https://forum.defcon.org/node/248924