Sunday, August 11, 2013

US Government War On Hackers Backfires + Q&A with the Men (and Women) in Black

from the what-did-they-expect? dept

Techdirt has noted the increasing demonization of hackers (not to be confused with crackers that break into systems for criminal purposes), for example by trying to add an extra layer of punishment on other crimes if they were done "on a computer." High-profile victims of this approach include Bradley Manning, Aaron Swartz, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown and of course Edward Snowden.

A Reuters story reports, that crass attempt to intimidate an entire community in case anyone there might use computers to embarrass the US government or reveal its wrongdoings is now starting to backfire.


As the NSA is now finding out, those same hackers are increasingly angry with the legal assault on both them and their basic freedoms.


A letter circulating at Def Con and signed by some of the most prominent academics in computer security said the law was chilling research in the public interest by allowing prosecutors and victim companies to argue that violations of electronic "terms of service" constitute unauthorized intrusions.

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There are currently 70 cyber jobs available at the NSA


From DEF CON 20 (2012) - [What a difference a year makes! - c]

[Don't miss the questions at 24:08 and 51:50.]

Back at DC9 a brave MIB from the CIA received clearance and volunteered to answer any and all DC attendee's questions with no restrictions as honestly as he could. After that experience it's only taken us 10 years to get several someone's to come back and do it again!

This will be your chance to meet and ask any question you want of the so called Men (and Women) in Black. Representatives from the NRO, CIA, NSA, DIA, and US Military will field any and all questions you have on any topic you want. However you may not like the answers.

We promise there will be no extreme renditions, water boarding, assassinations, or mind control unless you really truly deserve it.

For more information visit:
To download the video visit:
Playlist DEFCON 20:


It's a matter of time.

"In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson