Welcome to Summercon.ORG

Summercon is one of the oldest hacker conventions, and the longest running such conference in America. It helped set a precedent for more modern "cons" such as H.O.P.E. and DEF CON, although it has remained smaller and more personal. Summercon has been hosted in cities such as Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., Austin, Las Vegas, and Amsterdam.

NEWS

The Schedule has been posted!

April 27th, 2017

We have posted the tentative schedule!

Time slots may shift slightly as we get closer to the conference. But for now, not too shabby, aye?

The Spirit of the 90s alive in Brooklyn

April 17th, 2017

The days of summer are upon us, only 10 more weeks until SummerCon!

Speaker Updates!

Today, we are very pleased to announce that Sophia D'Antoine from Trail of Bits, along with Ryan Stortz, will be joining our 2017 Summercon crew.

The spirit of the 90s is alive and well in Brooklyn! Sophia and Ryan will be showing off the tools and techniques of today, that solve the problems that only existed in the 90s and are still alive in DEFCON CTF. Get ready for some l33t h4x!

For our final speaker update, let's give a big welcome to Marion Marschalek!

Marion, a malware reverse engineer, will be taking apart a compiler induced call graph – be ready for a deep dive. The basic theorem goes, that the design of a malicious application is resource intensive, thus is likely to stay the same throughout different pieces of malware written by the same authors. Marion, will be exploring this, and how this can exploited in detail.

For more information on all of our presentations and amazing speakers, check out the Presentations page!

Sold Out!

March 30th, 2017

SummerCon 2017 has sold out! We still have volunteer opportunities available for those interested.

Speaker Updates!

We're are super excited to have Geoff Chappell and Sarah Zatko will be joining us this year!

For the programmers coming to Summercon, we think you'll be interested in hearing Geoff's talk, A Programmer's Perspective on Reverse Engineering. He'll be going over not only how to find the bugs, but how to avoid them.

Finally, we're are very lucky to have Sarah Zatko, Chief Scientist at the Cyber Independent Testing Lab (CITL), presenting this year.

There have been many changes, advances, and findings in security analysis this past year. Sarah will be covering highlights from CITL's research findings, and give us her analysis on the current state of security products.

We'll keep you posted on more updates coming soon!

zapZap! bangBang!

March 29th, 2017

Have you ever thought about defeating the secure boot with an EMP? Well you're in luck!

Dr. Ang Cui and Rick Housley will be joining us at Summercon this year and they will be doing exactly that.

This presentation is the first published EMFI-based attack against a commercial secure-boot implementation within any modern 1Ghz+ processor.

Dr. Cui and Rick Housley will demonstrate the feasibility of using COTS SDR to track the control-flow of software executing in a 1Ghz+ processor in real-time. Our sensing and analysis techniques side-step a number of hard physical and computational limitations by using a probabilistic control-flow tracking engine. This approach allowed us to accurately detect and trigger on the execution of specific code blocks during boot of the target device with basic-block granularity from up to 1 ft away.

"We beat secure boot with an EMP."

Yeah... wow.

We hope you already got your ticket.

Check here for more info about their presentation, zapZap! bangBang!.

Speaker Updates!

March 20th, 2017 *Updated*

We're happy to announce that Ben Gras and Mikhail Davidov will be a part of the 2017 Summercon line-up!

Ben will be presenting on an ASLR-breaking side channel in JavaScript. Checkout the Speakers section for his bio and the Presentations section for some more info on his talk.

Mikhail will be giving us our reverse engineering fix with his talk on Reverse Engineering the Linear DX Wireless Security System. Checkout his bio here and more information about his talk here.

More announcements coming soon!

Tickets are going fast, get yours NOW.

We've Got Dates!

March 8th, 2017

This year Summercon will be held on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th. We're also very excited to be back at the Littlefield in Brooklyn again this year! See the Conference page for more details.

Early birds get your tickets NOW!

Tickets are officially on sale for Summercon 2017: HERE

We're Back!

March 7th, 2017

The Summercon wheels are back in motion!

Let's get this show on the road. We've wiped the slate clean to prepare for the 2017 conference. Everything will be announced in the coming weeks (and months) so check back for important updates.