Aug 5, 2008 | 9
In a move that could backfire, according to one security expert, Apple pulled out of a prominent hackers' convention taking place this week in Las Vegas.
Apple abruptly canceled what would have been its first appearance at Black Hat, an annual event in Las Vegas that features presentations from the world's most preeminent security researchers – a.k.a. hackers – according to Computerworld. Speakers typically highlight security shortcomings in a number of different technologies, including operating systems, e-mail and the Internet itself. Taking one's lumps at Black Hat is a rite* of passage in a technology's security evolution, as companies like Microsoft and networking equipment maker Cisco will attest.
Jul 18, 2008 | 1
Computer programmers, researchers and students descended on New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania today for the HOPE conference, a forum for all things related to security, including a healthy dose of sessions devoted to breaking security. This year's conference is dubbed the "Last HOPE" because the Hotel Pennsylvania is shutting down. Apparently there aren't any other suitable venues in the whole of Manhattan for dozens of computer whizzes with a penchant for mischief, such as jamming cell phone signals and locking elevator doors. The hotel was a cheap gig for the conference organizers and willing to put up with these high-tech shenanigans.
Turns out, hackers (they don't like to be called "hackers" because it's a cliché and implies they're breaking the law, even though much of what they do is perfectly legal) have lots of questions about how the law applies to their work. This is particularly true when it comes to "botnets," legions of computers that have been turned into obedient zombies and are used by criminals to attack other computers.
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