Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON 30

The Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON 30 will be in-person only. Our village hours:

  • Friday, August 12th: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday, August 13th: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday, August 14th: 10:00 - 13:00

All times are in PDT. Schedules are subject to change.

DEF CON 30 Map

Events and Contests

Packet Inspector

The perfect introduction to network analysis, sniffing, and forensics. Do you want to understand the techniques people use to tap into a network, steal passwords and listen to conversations? Packet Inspector is the place to develop these skills! For well over a decade, the Wall of Sheep has shown people how important it is to use end-to-end encryption to keep sensitive information like passwords private. Using a license of the world famous Capture The Packet engine from Aries Security, we have created a unique way to teach hands-on skills in a controlled real-time environment.

Packet Detective

Looking to upgrade your skills or see how you would fare in Capture The Packet? Come check out what Packet Detective has to offer! A step up in difficulty from Packet Inspector, Packet Detective will put your network hunting abilities to the test with real-world scenarios at the intermediate level. Take the next step in your journey towards network mastery in a friendly environment still focused on learning and take another step closer to preparing yourself for the competitive environment of Capture The Packet.

Capture The Packet

Come compete in the world's most challenging cyber defense competition based on the Aries Security Cyber Range. Tear through the challenges, traverse a hostile enterprise class network, and diligently analyze what is found in order to make it out unscathed. Not only glory, but prizes await those that emerge victorious from this upgraded labyrinth, so only the best prepared and battle hardened will escape the crucible.

CTP times

CTP prizes

Walkthrough Workshops (WTW)


Don't know how to make a network cable and want to learn? Has it been years? Or do you think you're a pro? Come see if you can... make the best cable at con by cut/wire/crimp.


You are the world's greatest hacker. You find vulnerable machine open to SSH and brute force the root credentials easily! Hooray! But wait, are you actually on a vulnerable machine full of secrets, or a honeypot logging your every keystroke?

In this half hour workshop, you'll get your very own Cowrie honeypot ( running on Ubuntu, and learn how to modify it, administer it, and watch the logs for hackers in action!

This workshop is great for both advanced Linux users who want to learn a new skill or those who have never used Linux before! We'll give you command-by-command instructions along with helpful guidance and starting points if you want to go off and do something cool.

Linux Trainer

Knowing how to use the Linux command line is a critical skill for any good security practitioner. This trainer will have 10+ problems covering some of the most fundamental Linux commands. This trainer is for people new to field and for those who want to hone their Linux command line-fu.

NetworkOS: Be The Cloud

The NetworkOS workshop will take you into the mysterious world which underpins modern computing and allows people to talk across the globe. This of course being the network itself. In this workshop you will familiarize yourself with the command line of network devices. Step by step, you will configure devices to talk to each other, share information about the computers connected to them, and relay their network information and traffic between each other. No experience needed, know how to type and copy/paste.

Regular Expressions (RegEx) Trainer

Regular Expressions or RegEX are used everywhere! If you aspire to be a Pentester, Threat Hunter, Programmer, Network Engineer, DevOps or really anything in technology today, RegEx is a skill all the greats have and the majority of the industry are terrible at. Come learn or brush up on your RegEx skills in on our live trainer.


Thursday, August 11th Friday, August 12th Saturday, August 13th Sunday, August 14th

PHV will be doing load/unload and setup all day.

Feel free to come around and say hello. If we have gear, there will be beats.

Funktribe Canyon kampf
11:00 phreakocious Y&T kampf
12:00 tense x phreak Deep Therapy Athlex
13:00 Tense Future Miss Jackalope Closing Ceremony
14:00 Y&T icetre normal
15:00 Hanz Dwight phreakocious
16:00 DotOrNot tavoo
17:00 heckseven + pals T A N

DJ Bios

phreakocious (@phreakocious,

I press enter!

tense future (@tensefutur3,

sync & destroy

Yesterday & Tomorrow (Y&T) (

I'd like to buy a vowel.

Athlex (@brokenjetpack,

oontz oontz oontz

Canyon (@canyon289, file:///dev/null)

"Published a book and stuff. math is cool" is what someone thinks I would write in my bio.

Deep Therapy (@therapy_life,

oontz oontz oontz

DotOrNot (@dotornot2,

Are you the police? No Ma'am, we're DJs


Hanz Dwight (

One time in 2018, he got a noise complaint for playing music in the middle of the Mojave desert.

heckseven, eg0n, bbartokk, Iggs Boson (,

synth freaks, massive beats, plywood boxes, spicy grooves

Icetre Normal (@IcetreNormal,

"When I eat fire, you shouldn't think about how I'm doing it; I really do get burned. You should think about -why-..." -Penn Jillette

kampf (@nerd_show,

With over a decade of experience as a college radio DJ at KWCR on Nerd Show, kampf has waded long and deep through the muddied waters of electronic music, casting his rod time and again to obtain, then share the eclectic, the compelling, the sounds off the beaten path and those lesser know varieties or species. Resident DJ for the DEF CON Chillout Lounge and for DEF CON Radio on Spinning vinyl for WoS/Packet Hacking Village since DEF CON 20!

Miss Jackalope (@djjackalope,

Miss Jackalope is DEF CON's resident community DJ. She has a weekly Twitch show and a legendary Jackalope Army merch store. She plays drum and bass and bass house and is known for ceiling destruction! Happy to be back at the PHV!

tavoo (,

Devoted disciple of the darker electronic sounds. Specializing in murky shades of Techno, D&B, and everything in-between.

Terrestrial Access Network (T A N)

crunchy kicks and bleeps and bloops from outer space