Def Con, held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the main hacker convention. The gathering includes panel discussion on topics such as embedded-systems hacking, viruses, and enemy profiling. The convention also features games in which teams of participants compete to break into each other's computer system. Despite the scattered presences of convicted computer felons, the conference looks more like a friendly computer industry convention for teenagers, computer nerds, and computer professionals. Indeed, as Internet World notes, "the community gathered at Def Con has matured into a force in mainstream culture and computing. Its community has played a key role in developing technologies such as sniffer software and firewalls and has inspired a generation of kids to pursue careers in computer security."
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Last revised April 16, 2000