In Person


August 10 – 13, 2023
Caesars Forum, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Las Vegas, and The LINQ Hotel + Experience
Event details
August 10 – 13, 2023
Caesars Forum, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Las Vegas, and The LINQ Hotel + Experience
Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas, NV 89109

Event summary

Marking its 31st year, the DEF CON hacker convention is one of the world’s most prominent computer security conferences. This annual event serves as a forum for the latest innovations in software, computer architecture, hardware modification, conference badges and more, with speakers covering a wide range of computer and hacking issues – and challenges. Computer security specialists, journalists, lawyers, federal government personnel, researchers, students and hackers all attend the convention for the educational and idea-sharing atmosphere and opportunities.

Details and registration

Featured agenda item

Sunday, August 13 | 2:00 – 3:15 pm PDT

Hacker Mock Trial

Mari Dugas, a cyber/data/privacy associate at Cooley, will be featured in this session alongside Harvard Law School JD candidate Emma Plankey and Atlantic Council fellow Winnona DeSombre, who’s also a Georgetown University Law Center JD candidate and Harvard Kennedy School Master of Public Policy candidate.

Attendees can serve as members of the jury as lawyers prosecute and defend a hacker (live on the stand) in two fictional scenarios. One scenario involves a federal criminal trial against a researcher deploying a guerrilla patch at scale, while the second scenario involves a civil suit against a company that produces offensive security tooling that has been misappropriated by bad actors. This session will provide a fun, casual way for hackers to think about their own risk posture, as well as provide insights into how lawyers are considering legal liability in tip-of-the-spear infosec conduct.

For more information, please email Amanda Meier.

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