Ruxcon: a security conference with a difference

Wednesday, 23 April 2003, 12:56 PM EST

It was the first time the unique event had been held, but hopefully, it won't be the last. Although primarily promoted through word of mouth and limited press coverage, it still managed to attract around 300 attendees.

Vaguely modelled on the annual Defcon conference in the US, which has become the world’s loudest and proudest hacker get-together, Ruxcon was established to offer presentations and workshops on "offensive and defensive" security techniques, in a relaxed and social environment.

It certainly wasn’t a corporate affair; the event had a very informal flavour--I didn't see a single suit.

Some notable activities included "capture the flag" hacking competitions, where entrants compete to compromise a system on a local area network, chili eating contests, and a pool tournament.

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