What the Hack

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What The Hack was an outdoor hacker conference held in Liempde, The Netherlands between the 28th and 31st of July, 2005. It has been the most recent event in a sequence that began with the Galactic Hacker Party in 1989, followed by Hacking at the End of the Universe in 1993, Hacking in Progress in 1997 and Hackers At Large in 2001. Organised by Stichting HAL2001, a not-for-profit organization.

The organising name was "HEX 2005" (referring to the 16th anniversary of the event, as well as an acronym for Hacking Extreme), however, it was later renamed to "WTH 2005".

Over 2000 hackers visited the event to participate in an exchange on several technical, social and philosophical matters of importance to the technically inclined community. Visitors from all over the world arrived at the Camp Ground including groups of such diversity as OpenBSD developers, the German Chaos Computer Club, members of the 2600: The Hacker Quarterly hackergroup, and numerous smaller groups and organisations in addition.

While planning the event, there were several issues with the local government attempting to cancel the event because of "the risk for public security".

Several smaller events were embedded in or inspired by this event like the Hacktrain, which was planned to travel there, as well as the local radio station, and the smaller Police village which featured specialists from their IT Department, as well as interested government parties. Peg DHCP (RFC 2322) was used during the event to allocate IP addresses. The method had been first devised and used at Hacking In Progress.

Lectures and events included:

  • Reverse engineering Microsoft .NET
  • Cyborgs: Practical Experimentation
  • Attacks on Digital Passports
  • Using Linux for Embedded Devices
  • Doing a WiFi Long-Shot
  • Symbian Security
  • Do We Run Out of Oil?
  • How to Lower Electricity Consumption in Your Home
  • The Politics of Psychedelic Research

Followed by Hacking at Random (2009).