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Defcon To Feds: Take A Hike

As the fallout of the Snowdon revelations over NSA surveillance activities continues to fester, the hackers at the annual Defcon conference are indicating they don't want to see any Feds there this year, thank you very much. The conference is an annual tradition for hackers and security professionals, and typically has a discrete presence of "plainclothes" NSA types, gathering information and sometimes recruiting. However, this year the organizers are less than enthusiastic about that idea.
In an interview with Reuters, [conference founder Jeff Moss] elaborates on the rejection, "The community is digesting things that the Feds have had a decade to understand and come to terms with.  A little bit of time and distance can be a healthy thing, especially when emotions are running high.  [But] we are not going on a witch hunt or checking IDs and kicking people out."

That's a rough shake for the feds, who mostly attend dressed in plain clothes, who long used the conference as a stomping ground for recruits.  Defcon is one of the largest conferences in the world for hackers and security professionals.  The 21st annual Defcon is being held Aug. 1-4 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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