DEFCON is inviting the kids back again this year for the second edition of DEFCON Kids, and this time, there’s zero-days involved.
The not-for-profit conference is dedicated to teaching kids about white-hat hacking, security, privacy and hardware skills. The learning starts at DEFCONKids.org, where they define a white-hat as “someone who enjoys thinking of innovative new ways to make, break and use anything to create a better world.”
The activities are broken down into classroom, workstation, contest and field trip sessions. You can find a detailed schedule here.
The premiere contest is ‘CyFi’s Zero Day Contest.’ CyFi is an eleven year old hacker that discovered the Time Traveler bug in various mobile platforms last year. The vulnerability, which remains largely unpatched, gives users the ability to manipulate the clocks on various devices. You can read more about the vulnerability and the contest, in which winners can take home as much as $1000 and an iPad, here.
Launched last year, ‘DEFCON kids’ was one of the most widely publicized aspects of DEFCON.
The event will run from July 27 to 29 at the Rio Hotel and Casino and presenters include Chris Anderson, the Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine, science fiction author Cory Doctorow, the famed hardware hacker Joe Grand, and Marcia Hoffman, a lawyer from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The event is being sponsored by AllClear ID, the Department of Defense, Hackid, AT&T, Max Kelly, the EFF and the National Security Agency.