August 6, 2010 | By Aaron Jue

Thank You From EFF

On behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we would like to thank all of you who contributed and supported our work at the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences in Las Vegas last week. In particular we would like to acknowledge Jeff Moss and the Black Hat and DEF CON organizers for their ongoing support of EFF each year.

The EFF members - first time donors and long time members alike - continue to impress us with their generosity. Thanks to all of you who attended our talks, gave kind words of support, joined EFF at our membership table, donated "just because," or used your own ingenuity to fundraise in our honor. This of course includes all of the Defcon 18 Getaway Contest participants (who raised nearly $10,000 together!), our contest sponsors: Tenable Network Security, iSEC Partners, and IOActive, as well as our prize donors: DEF CON, Vegas 2.0, iSEC Partners, and Ninja Networks.

The community support was stronger than ever this year. Cheers to the Vegas 2.0 crew for hosting an amazing sixth annual Summit party as an EFF fundraiser. Headlined by Dual Core and the MiniBosses, the Summit rocked the Top of the Riv and raised a record-high total of donations at the door and from the on-stage auctions. Thank you to BSidesLasVegas for collecting for EFF and congratulation on another great event! Our gratitude to stealth for bringing back Hackers and Guns and for his years of support (going back to the Dunk Tank!). Big ups to everyone who got a Mohawk-Con buzz to benefit EFF, including our own Kellie Brownell! We are grateful to these groups and the many others who found creative ways to help EFF. We are happy to report that together we raised far more money this year for EFF in Las Vegas than we ever have before!

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And the computer security community's much appreciated support keeps coming! We will soon auction the waffle iron used and signed by the DEF CON Comedy Jam III Security Fail panel, as well as a Ninja Networks "Pirate #1" boss badge from this year's party. We will also be auctioning a limited edition DEF CON skateboard deck signed by security luminaries including the Dark Tangent, Dan Kaminsky, Dead Addict, Moxie Marlinspike, Kevin Mitnick, Joe "Kingpin" Grand, Miss Jackalope, Dual Core, and many, many more! Details to come. Check out the deck here (kittehs not inkludid):

EFF is a small non-profit that has developed an exceptionally strong voice over its 20 year history. Most funding comes from you, EFF's loyal individual members, giving what you can every year (and sometimes more often!) to ensure that we can fund our activism and our work in the courts and in rulemaking. Regardless of whether you gave $5 or $5,000, it's the grassroots support from you and events like The Next HOPE, Shmoo Con, Black Hat, Security B-Sides, and DEF CON that allows EFF to stay strong and continue defending digital rights. Thank you.

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