Upstate South Carolina’s DEF CON group.


DC864 started in the fall of 2018 by co-founders Ben Acord (Overcast) and Eric Hart (Kal). The group provides learning opportunities, resources, and camaraderie for anyone interested in digital privacy and information security.

All ages and skill levels welcome. We are open to the public. No dues, no fees.

We support digital freedom: free expression, security, privacy, creativity, and access to knowledge. We are happy to join with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as members of its Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA).

All blog posts are the opinions of the respective author and do not represent those of any employer.

Current community leads are: Jazzy_J, LukeTech, Kal, and Overcast.

Meeting Schedule

The monthly meeting is held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6 PM ET. The schedule is on the Resources page and on Meetup. Meetings are hybrid, both virtual and in-person. The location is typically the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville but occasionally we meet at the Pelham Rd Library. The location is always included in the meeting announcement on the blog here, MeetUp, and LinkedIn. The first portion of the meeting is streamed on Discord and possibly recorded if the speaker permits. If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming meeting reach out in the Discord General channel to start the process.

  • Villages meet after the main presentation.
    • Projects: Open mic, anyone can take five minutes to share a project, hobby, or something they’ve learned. We are a very diverse group with many interests. Creativity welcome.
    • Career Village Moderated by &drew. We also have a fairly extensive resource for job seekers.
    • Lockpick Village Have you ever wanted to learn how to pick a lock? This is the place to learn locksport. We’ll have tools and locks available for practice. Moderated by Saint Bill.
    • Blue Team Village is a hang out for those interested in defense and detection (i.e. security operations center analysts, incident response, vulnerability management, threat hunting, threat intelligence, etc.). Moderated by guard80.
    • Red Team Village is for those interested in penetration testing or security research and has an active OSCP & PNPT study group. Moderated by rbrins.

Continue the Conversation

Discord Community (Click to Join) – Great discussions and where we host virtual meeting events.
MeetUp: DEFCON864 – RSVP encouraged as it helps us plan seating.
LinkedIn: DEF CON Greenville / DC864
X / Twitter: DEFCON864 – Occasionally
YouTube: DC864 Group – We post videos (sometimes) to help newcomers get a feel for how our meetings flow.
Email: DEFCON864info [AT] gmail [DOT] com


Cybersecurity, privacy, penetration testing, application security, locksport, incident response, threat hunting, threat intelligence, malware analysis, reverse engineering, capture the flag (CTF), career planning, and maker projects. Anything of interest to our members involving technology intersecting with life.


  1. DC864 provides a platform that is open to anyone who wishes to meet, regardless of who they are or what walks of life they come from. Harassment of any sorts, including sexual harassment, or harassment based on someone’s race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, skills/experience, etc. will not be tolerated. Anyone found to be harassing others, or have affiliations to hate groups, may be warned or removed from the group. TL;DR: Don’t be rude.
  2. Respect the privacy of others. Seek permission before photographing other individuals at meetings. If the subject asks, please delete any videos or photos you may have of them at a meeting. In the event that the DC864 is providing “Off the Record” accommodations for a speaker in advance, electronic recording of any sorts is strictly prohibited. During the talk, mobile devices must be stowed in your pocket or bag. Anyone suspected of recording will be asked to leave.
  3. The DC864 does not, nor does DEF CON® Groups, condone illegal activities. Some of the members of DC864 have worked against criminal actors in their careers. You DO NOT want to pop up on their radar. For your own sake, do not come to meet ups looking to hack other people or organizations.
  4. Academic/professional dishonesty is prohibited. Do not use the meetups or provided platforms to cheat on contests or coursework. Assistance and writeups are awesome. Removing the learning experience is not. Cheating will always get you “pwned” at the technical interview.
  5. Law Enforcement encouraged to contribute and participate in DC864 activities, given that they are open and honest about their affiliation and intentions.
  6. This Code of Conduct is not the exclusive rules of the group, but are guidelines as to how persons who take part in the DC864 are expected to conduct themselves. Persons may be banned for reasons that go beyond this Code of Conduct if they are found to be disruptive to how the group operates, or if their behavior poses a hazard to others.

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