Everything old is new again: A look at historic cons and their transition to a digital world


Stephanie "Snow" Carruthers

Speaker Bio

Stephanie “Snow” Carruthers is a Social Engineering specialist at IBM’s X-Force Red. At DEF CON 22 she won a black badge for the Social Engineering Capture the Flag (SECTF) and was on the winning team for SAINTCON’S Vault Physical Security challenge, which won the team a black badge. Stephanie has performed a variety of Red Team and Social Engineering assessments for clients ranging from start-ups, Fortune 100 companies, to government agencies.


What does a pig in a poke, pigeon drops, and salting have in common? They are just a few of old school confidence tricks (cons) used from the late middle ages to more recently which swindled marks out of money. In this presentation Stephanie will cover how some famous historic cons were used in their day, and how they are now being transitioned into today’s digital world.