Defcon 12 wireless contest report

Wednesday, 25 August 2004, 12:56 PM EST

It is Saturday, July 31, approaching one in the afternoon. The Defcon 12 Running Man contest is about to begin. Five teams gather in the Alexis Park Hotel's Athena room, which the Defcon Goons have repurposed as the Contest Room. The teams' purpose: to find California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sort of. Actually, they'll look for his face scowling from the poster for his 1987 movie, The Running Man. But it'll be impossible to find without radio directional equipment, because the poster isn't physical. It's on an Apache Web server hosted on a mobile WiFi device, intentionally dampened to low power and concealed on someone in or around the grounds of the Alexis Park. That mysterious someone is today's Running Man. The teams have 60 minutes to find him, her, or it.

By Scott Pinzon, Corey Nachreiner, and Steve Fallin at Watchguard.

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