Packet Hacking Village

The Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON 26 will be located in the Neopolitan Ballroom and Milano VIII at Caesars Palace.

Capture The Packet (CTP)

The time for those of hardened mettle is drawing near; are you prepared to battle? Compete in the world’s most challenging cyber defense competition based on the Aries Security Cyber Range . In order to triumph over your competitors, contestants must be well rounded, like the samurai. 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.

The Dark Tangent has asked that we extend your time in the labyrinth and this has caused the difficulty of challenges to be amplified, so only the best prepared and battle hardened will escape the crucible. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook (links below) to get notifications for dates and times your team will compete, as well as what prizes will be awarded.

Wall Of Sheep

An interactive look at what could happen if you let your guard down when connecting to any public network, Wall of Sheep passively monitors the DEF CON network looking for traffic utilizing insecure protocols. Drop by, hang out, and see for yourself just how easy it can be! Most importantly, we strive to educate the “sheep” we catch, and anyone else interested in protecting themselves in the future. We will be hosting several ‘Network Sniffing 101’ training sessions using Wireshark, Ettercap, dsniff, and other traffic analyzers.

Wall of Sheep DJ Community - WoSDJCo

Come chill with us while we play all your favorite Deep, underground house, techno, breaks, and DnB beats mixed live all weekend by your fellow hacker DJs. We will provide the soundtrack for all your epic PHV hax, just like we do every year. Schedule of DJs available at:

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 Investigator, 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.

NEW FOR 2018: Packet Inspector

Taking the place of Packet Detective as your 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.

Join us in the Packet Hacking Village to start your quest towards getting a black belt in Packet-Fu.

NEW FOR 2018: Walkthrough Workshops - Learn to build Honey Pots

The Packet Hacking Village brings yet another Def Con premiere: Walkthrough Workshops, where you will go on a self-guided journey to building your own honey pot, taking it live and hopefully trapping some unsuspecting users. Fear not though, like with all our other training events, we will have helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand to assist you along the way!

PHV Talks

Back for a sixth year, we continue to accept presentations focusing on practice and process while emphasizing defense. Speakers will present talks and training on research, tools, techniques, and design, with a goal of providing skills that can be immediately applied during and after the conference. Our audience ranges from those who are new to security, to the most seasoned practitioners in the security industry. Expect talks on a wide variety of topics for all skill levels. Updated schedule available at:

PHV Workshops

A returning favorite from last year, we have hands-on labs and training sessions from an amazing line-up of instructors covering beginner to advanced level material. See our website for updated schedules. Updated schedule available at: