Cyber Security

Organizers of major hacking conferences in Asia put them on hold due to Coronavirus outbreak

Organizers of Black Hat Asia and DEF CON China security conferences announced that they put the events on hold due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Bad news for cybersecuritypassionates and experts, organizers of Black Hat Asia and DEF CON China security conferences announced last week that they have put the events on hold due to the Coronavirusoutbreak.

The announcements come after the organizations of another important tech even, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, announced that the meeting has been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The organizerof the Black Hat Asia conference announced that they have decided to postpone the event in the fall this year to protect the health and safety of the attendees.

“After careful consideration of the health and safety of our attendees and partners, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Black Hat Asia 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. We understand the inconvenience this may cause and will follow up directly with all of those who are scheduled to attend and exhibit to determine appropriate next steps.” reads the notice published on the official website of the conference.

“Please know we are planning to host Black Hat Asia 2020 in the fall this year.”

The event was scheduled between March 31- April 3 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore,where authorities raised the risk assessment DORSCON Orange, which means that the disease is severe and spreads easily from person to person.

It is not clear if the organizers will refund people that bought the tickets and will not be able to participate in the fall.

Organizers of another important cyber security conference, DEF CON China 2.0 (initially planned between 17-19 April in Beijing), already announced at the end of January the decision to postpone the event due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“In light of global precautions being announced to combat the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve decided to postpone DEF CON China 2.0. We regret inconveniencing any of you. Know that we are committed to holding the event once it’s safe to do so.” reads a post on the event’s forum.

“If you want a refund on purchased tickets, please submit a refund request to your ticket broker. If you’d rather that we hold your reservation for our new dates, you don’t have to do anything and we’ll keep your tickets on file.”

The organizers accept refund requests from participants that have bought the tickets for the event.

Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Coronavirus outbreak, hacking)

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