Spot the not-Fed: A day at AvengerCon, the Army’s answer to hacker conferences

Spot the not-Fed: A day at AvengerCon, the Army’s answer to hacker conferences

Enlarge / Participants in AvengerCon III, held at the McGill Training Center at Fort Meade, Maryland, on November 27 take part in a lock pick village put on by TOOOL (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers). (credit: US Army)

FORT MEADE, Maryland—Late last year, I was invited to a relatively new hacker event in Maryland. Chris Eagle, a well-known researcher in the field of malware analysis and author of The IDA Pro Book, keynoted it. There were a number of really good talks at all levels of expertise, a couple of “Capture the Flag” (CTF) hacking challenges, and all the other typical hallmarks of a well-run hacker conference.

But this event, AvengerCon III, proved to be distinct in a number of ways from the BSides conferences and other events I’ve attended. The first difference was that keynote: Eagle, a senior lecturer at the Navy Postgraduate School, shared some news about

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