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Hack3rCon marks third year

By Emily Griffith

Most people might associate the word "hacker" with computer programming and rewiring. Cyber security enthusiasts have something else in mind.  

This year at the Charleston House Ramada Inn, Hack3rCon will enjoy its third year as an online security conference based in West Virginia.

The event is organized by 304Geeks, and is sponsored by several other companies such as Digital Trust, Rapid7 and Suddenlink Communications. Hundreds from all over the United States will come for the weekend of informational activities.  

This year's theme is preparedness with topics like "Doomsday Eve."

Organizers want to raise awareness of cyber safety and security. Lectures and workshops will be held over the three-day convention. Twenty speakers and instructors will present online safety tips this year.

Today's events include keynote speaker Larry Pesce. With experience in the computer industry for the last 15 years, as well as being the co-host for the PaulDotCom Security Weekly podcast, Pesce will lecture on "Hacking Survival."

Want to learn how to compute during the post-apocalypse? Then this speaker is the one for you. Other events happening Friday include vendor and exhibition halls, Hardware Hacking Village and a special viewing of the film "REBOOT." The convention will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.

Saturday's schedule contains a keynote lecture on "Finding the MacGyver in You." There will also be a "Zombie Neighborhood Watch Party" at 10 p.m. Saturday's activities will be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"Building a pad that will survive the times," an informational session on how to prepare your family for lack of funds, and "Wielding Katana: A Pentesters Portable Pal" will both be going on as part of Sunday's schedule. Hack3rCon will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Free workshops will also be provided.  "Network Monitoring and Analysis," "Bash 101 for Pentesters," "Key Impressioning," and "Intro to Exploit Development" will all be included at no expense.  

Hack3rCon is not just work and no play; contests will be held and prizes can be won.  "Capture the Flag" and "Key Impressioning" will be played Friday and Saturday.  

"Capture the Flag" may be played individually or with teams. The "Key Impressioning" contest is to see who can open a lock with the use of a key blank.

Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment, or it is provided. Brian Martin will be teaching the basics of key impressioning.

There is also something for those interested in sponsoring Hack3rCon. Packages starting at $500 and going up to $3,000 are available for those who wish to have their company added to all the cyber action.  

Hack3rCon hopes to get the Charleston community involved with cyber security information. The convention provides an engaging and supportive environment for participants.

Hack3rCon takes place the same weekend as CharCon, a gaming and role-playing convention that occurs in Charleston annually. CharCon will be at the Charleston Town Center today through Sunday. 


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