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Hacker Conference Asks Federal Agents to Keep Out

 In a brief posting on the official DEF CON website last night (July 10), DEF CON founder Jeff "The Dark Tangent" Moss asked that federal law-enforcement and intelligence personnel stay away this year.

"For over two decades, DEF CON has been an open nexus of hacker culture, a place where seasoned pros, hackers, academics and feds can meet, share ideas and party on neutral territory," Moss wrote. "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," he 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."

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Comment by Ed Price
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When is damage done by governments worse than damage done by anyone else? Probably most of the time. Why? Because governments are manned by people. And the shrewdest of criminals realize that they can gain a whole lot more by being the government rather than fighting it.

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