A DEF CON postscript: Said the FBI agent to the taxi driver

My response to sending press and media to #DefconI think one of the differences between Black Hat and DEF CON is that each have a different relationship to their heroes.

The first night of Black Hat parties – all fairly corporate, though relaxed affairs with hackers of all stripes – I found myself at a VIP party talking to one of the key cogs in Black Hat’s clockwork. This person told me they were absolutely, 100% convinced that there weren’t any real ‘black hats’ at Black Hat. Not anymore. It was all sales, marketing and salespeople.

I politely disagreed, and suggested they go to different parties.

Black Hat is hacking scrubbed of its sense of wonder. And sadly, it mirrors the times we’re in.

Read Violet Blue’s full post @ ZDNet.

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