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Defcon 2012 - an inside look

From Defcon 2012, probably the biggest hacker conferences of the year, we'll take you on a tour of some of the more interesting sights at this year's show. You'll see hacker ware, fake iPads, mysterious machines, schwag and much more.
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By Violet Blue, Contributor on
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 A Defcon attendee shows off a version of a Pony Express bag.

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The Open Organization of Lockpickers has a strong presence this year.

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A selection of books for sale.

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The NSA brought a conversation piece for their table.

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A Blue Box for sale

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Another Blue Box for sale.

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Defcon shirts.

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Black Hat, Grey Hat, candy to sweeten the sting.

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Defcon shirt.

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Custom engraving and more on the show floor.

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Outdoor Wi-Fi kits.

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"Keep Calm and Hack Naked."

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Charity hackers.

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The NSA's signage, on the corner between their table and the EFF's table.

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The EFF table.

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Hardware bits and more.

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Hacker schwag, for those who advertise.

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Defcon art schwag.

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For baby hackers.

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Hubs for sale.

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Fake iPads for sale.

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The ACLU's table with anti-NSA handouts.

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ACLU table staff is having a good time.

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The back room behind the expo had interesting table centerpieces.

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Defcon's Lockpick Village was a hands-on learning environment and always busy. It also was where the male-female gender ratio neared 50-50.

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Lockpick Village staff showing how to escape handcuffs in seconds with a simple shim.

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Defcon's floor art holds clues for the many crypto puzzles and adventures for attendees.

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NinjaTel; the mobile cell network for exclusive phones that are actually passes for the most coveted party at Defcon, Ninja Party.

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An example of Defcon 2012 badges; it's difficult to find the same one twice.

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