Hackers wardrive into wireless

Tuesday, 22 July 2003, 8:02 PM EST

August in Las Vegas is always hot, but the airwaves will be burning when DEFCON kicks off August 1-3, 2003, at the Alexis Park Hotel.

Eleven years and still kicking, DEFCON is the world's most notorious computer hacker convention. Presentations range from philosophical discussions on hacking to detailed information on the latest security holes in desktop computer operating systems. A remarkable mix of security professionals, talented amateurs (who sometimes know more than the professionals), and government officials turn out to exchange information on the latest security techniques.

With the proliferation of 802.11b 2.4 GHz technology, Wi-Fi has emerged as a hot topic at DEFCON. A number of wireless events are scheduled to take place at the conference, including a contest to demonstrate the longest-distance 2.4 GHz link, a search for WiFi hot spots across Vegas, and plenty of 802.11b security presentations.

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