Announcing PAKCON II (2005)!

From: Ayaz Ahmed Khan (
Date: 04/17/05

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                    A-N-N-O-U-N-C-I-N-G P-A-K-C-O-N -- II
                  Pakistan's Underground Hacking Convention

    [ +-THEME-+ ]

    We are proud to present PAKCON II, an underground hacking convention
    held annually in Pakistan.

    In an age where information is treasure and the treasure house is the
    virtual network, security is the first casualty. You are at risk if
    your priorities falter. Face the threats, learn the defenses, try it
    yourself and be safe. Pak Con lets you witness the virtual contest

    [ +-SCENE-+ ]

    PAKCON II has been planned with focus on introducing the importance of
    security in enterprise-level computing and the latest trends in
    fortifying enterprise networks against external and internal
    threats. A hacking competition always takes place at PAKCON along with
    a series of talks presented by renowned national and international
    speakers at both amateur and advance levels.

    [ +-PAKCON-+ ]

    PAKCON is an underground hacking convention, the first initiative of
    its kind in the history of the Pakistan IT scene. Pak Con is the
    brainchild of a group of capable security professionals who have
    employed their genius and aptitude to provide their extensive and
    comprehensive experience of information security in the form of a
    wide-ranging convention on information security. We at Pak Con aim to
    highlight issues related to information security and the problems
    faced by IT professionals. Our objective is to examine flaws with new
    and current technologies, finding their solutions, covering unique and
    interesting developments in all areas such as network security, system
    security, application security, web security, database hacking,
    trojans, worms, exploits, laws, privacy issues, wireless security,
    firmware hacking, hardware hacking, embedded systems hacking, credit
    card and financial instrument technologies, surveillance, honeypots,
    honeynets, firewalls, IDS, information warfare, and similar fields.

    Pak Con has been formed with a mission to bring Pakistan at par with
    any developed nation of the world focusing on research and application
    of computer security components. Pak Con is geared towards hackers,
    programmers, phreaks, administrators, engineers, open source
    advocates, military, reporters, and anyone interested in discovering
    what's going on in the information security scene today. This list
    is, by no means intended to limit the enrollment of IT professionals;
    we would also like to have the involvement of the business, legal and
    allied sectors to participate in formulating effective cyber laws and
    trade policies to make Pakistan's name synonymous with advanced
    research in the IT world.

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    WHO: If you know what you are doing with your computer, or if you
    don't know and would like to know more about what you can do with it,
    then you are who we want to meet.

    WHAT: A convention where you can meet and party with security
    professionals, consultants, hackers, phreakers, coders, virus writers,
    and a whole bunch of freaks who know only how to party all night.

    WHEN: October, 2005

    WHERE: Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan

    For complete up-to-the-minute information visit

    [ +-BRIEFINGS-+ ]

    There will be a single track with 8 different talks, over 2 days
    comprised of renowned information and computer security professionals.

    [ +-TRAININGS-+ ]

    There will be a single track with 2-4 different trainings, over 2 days
    comprised of renowned information and computer security professionals.


    Six teams will compete for twelve hours in a vulnerable
    environment. Teams with offensive skills can win this game. They will
    have to keep their systems operational to qualify, but 0wn their
    opponents to score. Visit the website for more information regarding
    this exciting event.


    The goal for the teams/individuals will be to detect maximum number of
    Wi-Fi wireless access points (AP) in a given area. They are welcome to
    bring their wardriving equipment. Visit the website for more
    information regarding this exciting event.

    [ +-WIFI CONTEST-+ ]

    The teams/individuals will get a chance to show off their skills by
    boosting up their Wi-Fi connection. The goal of this contest will be
    to achieve the greatest connect distance between two 802.11b stations
    through innovative engineering and antenna design. Visit the website
    for more information regarding this exciting event.

    [ +-PGP Keysigning-+ ]

    A key signing party is a get-together of people who use the PGP
    encryption system with the purpose of allowing those people to sign
    each others keys. Key signing parties serve to extend the web of
    trust to a great degree. Key signing parties also serve as great
    opportunities to discuss the political and social issues surrounding
    strong cryptography, individual liberties, individual sovereignty, and
    even implementing encryption technologies or perhaps future work on
    free encryption software.

    [ +-GEEK PARTY-+ ]

    We believe that geeks also deserve some fun. In fact we are not geeks
    but smart people who know what to do and how to do it and those who do
    not label us as 'geeks'. So, despite the hectic schedule of two
    activity-filled days, we will try to have a little time for ourselves
    with music, traditional beverages and a casual environment to unwind
    ourselves. This will be a strictly restricted event with only
    invitational or pre-registered entry.

    [ +-COST-+ ]

    Cost schedule, mode of payment and transaction procedure for PAKCON II
    has been put up on the website. All charges are in Pak Rupees. We will
    not be accepting any personal checks for any event related charges.
    Payments via cashiers checks or bank drafts are to be made in the name
    of Pak Con.

    People who do not have to pay are speakers, invitees, event staff, and

    - --
    Ayaz Ahmed Khan

       "It's sweet to be remembered, but it's often cheaper
                        to be forgotten."

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