SoÂ begins another New Year and with it brings another year of conferences.Â One of the largerÂ eventsÂ to bring in the New Year is alwaysÂ ShmooCon which takes place this February 5th-7th in Washington DC. With the thirdÂ and final round of tickets being sold outÂ again in record time,Â those of you lucky enough to snag a barcode this timeÂ aroundÂ look to be in for yet another amazing conference.
Speaking of that final round of ticket salesâ€¦ Those of you thatÂ attempted toÂ reserve a ticketÂ during the last roundÂ mightÂ haveÂ noticed yet another â€˜challengeâ€™Â to get that golden ticket to this yearâ€™sÂ event. Round three brought in a server withÂ muchÂ more availabilityÂ than the previous two roundsÂ andÂ aÂ webpage that was responsive the entire time.Â So what actually happenedÂ then?
TheÂ round threeÂ â€˜challengeâ€™Â had to doÂ with the link that brought you to the first step of the registration process. Clicking on the link brought you to a page greeting you with aÂ â€˜403 Forbiddenâ€™Â error stating â€˜You donâ€™t have access to /cart/ on this serverâ€™.Â However, ifÂ you looked a bit closer at the URLÂ while dusting off your web application hackingÂ skills;Â you might have noticed thatÂ it wasnâ€™t totally complete. The missing link was to manually enter in â€˜reserve.cgiâ€™ to the end of the URL.Â Once the URL wasÂ manually madeÂ valid you were then able to go through the rest of the registrationÂ steps, enter in your Captcha and complete the process.Â The issue was caught and corrected by the site admins, but since the remaining tickets sold out in 15 minutes or so, it still left some in the dark.Â Better luck next year!!
If you wereÂ however,Â one of theÂ few that were able toÂ snag a ticket to ShmooCon 2010, this yearâ€™s speaker panel packs a solid line up and will not disappoint. With presentations covering everything from examining the risks of social networking toÂ how to build your very own Predator UAV spy drone, ShmooCon bringsÂ inthe bestÂ minds from the security,Â hackerÂ andÂ makerÂ communities together for a three day event not to be missed.Â This yearâ€™s event is broken up into various â€˜tracksâ€™ across the long weekend, with a single track of speed talksÂ (One Track Mind)Â kicking offÂ on Friday the 5th. The next two days consist of various presentations falling into the other three aptly named tracks:Â Break It!, Build It! and Bring It On!Â ThecompleteÂ list of all of the speakers and presentations for this yearâ€™s eventÂ can be foundÂ here.Â ShmooCon also would not be complete without the various events and contests like â€˜Hacker Arcadeâ€™ and â€˜Hack-Or-Haloâ€™ which return this year yet again along with the â€˜Team Fortress 2 LAN Partyâ€™.
SoÂ bring your ShmooBalls and launchersÂ for what looks to be another great conferenceÂ to kick off 2010. If you still donâ€™t have a ticket to ShmooCon, do what you can to get there!Â Â A few tickets have been popping up on E-Bay and Pauldotcom.com has a threadÂ goingÂ in the forumsÂ about a ticket exchange.Â Check them out!Â They may cost you, but the experience of ShmooCon should not be missed given the opportunity to make it!
Also, be sure to check out the next episode of the SecuraBit podcastÂ streaming live on Wednesday, January 13th where we will be having the man himself, Bruce Potter on the show to discuss the upcoming conference and all things Shmoo!
Blog post by:Â SeanÂ Hausauer