DEF CON acquires Notacon and FTS Conventures

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April 1, 2009

In a surprise move, DEF CON Communications, Inc., acquired FTS Conventures, owners and organizers of Cleveland’s Notacon (pronounced “Not A Con”) conference. DEF CON is previously known for “acquiring” the Detroit area’s former “Rubi-Con” event back in 2003.

The acquisition was made in a closed-doors meeting between DEF CON’s Jeff Moss and FTS Conventures primaries, including Paul “Froggy” Schneider, Jodie “Tyger” Schneider and Brandon “Kaospunk” Knight. Due to the state of the economy and other mitigating factors, the sale was done quickly and quietly. In the end, a final sum of $13.37 exchanged hands. Tyger was quoted as saying, “This is great! I no longer have to worry how much we tend to lose year after year!” “I will miss all of the great people and projects, though,” she added. Froggy and Kaospunk were not quoted, but could be heard muttering under their breath about who will get the extra pennies once the $13.37 was split three ways.

Details for Notacon’s future are uncertain, which is difficult for those who have pledged to attend this years event. DEF CON’s Moss has hinted already at a last minute move of the event to Las Vegas’ Alexis Park Resort Hotel, “for old times sake.” “The rust colored orange decor they have going on just drives me wild,” Moss said. Another source was quoted, “Who the heck wants to go to Cleveland? I don’t even know where Cleveland is, to be very honest, I think it’s near Canada or something. Anyway, I honestly don’t think there are many hackers there anyway… are there?”

Those registered for the event were told already that their current registrations would be good at the “new” Notacon, although their hotel reservations and travel plan changes would not be the responsibility of DEF CON. A DEF CON source was quoted as saying, “Tough patooties.”

Current Notacon presenters were informed today that their presentations could be given at next year’s Notacon, but that this year’s slate of presenters would be filled by a pre-selected list of speakers including members of GOBBLES and the 4chan community.

Questions and concerns about these recent changes should be directed to the appropriate parties within DEF CON Communications Inc.

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