DEF CON 21 Un-Invites Feds Over NSA Spying

from the why-can't-we-be-friends? dept

The fallout over the NSA leaks has been wide and varied, as you’d expect. Pissed off foreign nations are looking to offer leaker Edward Snowden asylum in a manner that almost seems punitive. College kids are giving NSA recruiters the proverbial business on campuses. And even if there is still some support for the invasive program, or otherwise apathy towards it, generally the public has been giving the spy agency a verbal middle finger.

Now we can add DEF CON, the enormously popular hackers conference, to the list of displeased parties. As a result of the recent revelations, DEF CON founder Jeff Moss has indicated that the feds are not welcome at the upcoming DEF CON 21.

“When it comes to sharing and socialising with feds, recent revelations have made many in the community uncomfortable about this relationship,” Moss said. “Therefore, I think it would be best for everyone involved if the feds call a time-out and not attend DEF CON this year.”

This may be a bigger deal than it would first appear. A great deal tends to come out of these conferences, which are built on an open dialogue about security and research with the hacker culture. It should also be noted that the feds have provided serious contributions to the conference in the past.

Alas, when you undertake to treat everyone like an enemy, you should expect to be treated likewise. A shame.

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Anonymous Coward says:

No one likes being lied to

…Our community operates in the spirit of openness, verified trust, and mutual respect.

When it comes to sharing and socializing with feds, recent revelations have made many in the community uncomfortable about this relationship. Therefore, I think it would be best for everyone involved if the feds call a “time-out” and not attend DEF CON this year.

This will give everybody time to think about how we got here, and what comes next.

General Alexander flat out lied to them at the conference last year ( telling them that the government does not collect data on millions of Americans).

Anonymous Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

More likely they will have several agents inside, as well as traps for all IP addresses and cell towers, and the public landlines, and the hotel landlines, you know, just everything.

Oh…they don’t need to do all that work anymore, they just need to set the correct search criteria in the data they need a warrant to look at…err

The attendees should be circumspect in what they talk about there.

Retard event alert says:

and even though i can afford ot go i never will

and even though i can afford to go i never will.

lol you got to be looking for a job FOR the nsa to want to go to that stupid event….like they try and pretend like its NOT a fed fund raiser?
ya fucking right…
trust not in ratting on thy self and they shall exist far longer into the future…you might as well jump up and down and say take pictures.

Anonymous Coward says:

You know, DT’s (DefCon’s owner) wording was that of that the feds should call a time out. I get the feeling maybe this was for the feds who are bound to get jeers there with all the shit going on, and not for the public. I imagine the hacking community is feeling really hostile toward the NSA right now (like much of America.)

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