24 hours in Serbia at Balkan hacker conference BalCCon

24 hours in Serbia at Balkan hacker conference BalCCon

Summary: This weekend the Balkan Computer Congress BalCCon: First Contact is putting Balkan hackers center stage with international hackers at the first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

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  • Serbian hacker culture

    As seen in this traditional Serbian restaurant where the first assembly of early arrivals for the conference met for local food and drink, its culture has a rich and storied (and tragic) history. Much of the country is poor and still recovering from the brutal 1999 NATO bombings - which put Serbian hackers in the news for the first time when they took out NATO's servers with a weeklong DDoS in a push back to stop the bombings.

    Novi Sad, where BalCCon is having its first hacker Congress, was punished beyond the pale in NATO's aggression. This made for a determined hacker population that had no out-of-the-box computing like many other hacker cultures, and shapes the views of Balkan hackers to make them like no other hacker population on Earth.

    But like most hackers, generalizing does them a disservice, and at BalCCon we've seen the gamut, from Linux evangelists and hacktivists to science hackers,  hackers-for-good - and, of course, black hats with 'crew' names.

    Much of Novi Sad is "under repair" - this house matches all the ones on its block, just across the street from where a 5-star hotel is, and half a block another is being constructed:

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    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

  • First Balkan Hacker Conference

    BalCCon's co-organizer Jelena Georgijevic explained that while there have been a few hacking-related gatherings and interest in establishing a Balkan Hackerspaces culture (there is only currently one Hackerspace in Belgrade), this event is the first official, large-scale hacker conference in the region.

    In the interest of reflecting the talks, workshops, hardware hacking, skill sharing and community growing for hackers of all interests and intents as seen in conferences such as Germany's CCC, America's Defcon and Holland's Ohm, in the past 24 hours BalCCon has offered the start of all these things, and more.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

  • Balkan computer history on display

    At BalCCon, there is a large area where vintage, still-working computers and various boxes are on display. A table of sweet, historic, computers has been set up so attendees can play retro video games on them - which has been going on nonstop.

    Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.

Topics: Security, Government, Linux

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