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Old 11th July 2013
J65nko J65nko is offline
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Default Defcon Un-invites Feds From Conference

From http://www.securityweek.com/defcon-u...eds-conference

Conference organizers have uninvited U.S. government employees due to tensions tied to revelations about electronic surveillance activities by the NSA. In a blog post, Defcon founder Jeff Moss, who also goes by the alias Dark Tangent, stated that traditionally the conference has been an "open nexus of hacker culture, a place where seasoned pros, hackers, academics and feds can meet" and share ideas on neutral territory. However, recent events have endangered that.

"When it comes to sharing and socializing with feds, recent revelations have made many in the community uncomfortable about this relationship," he wrote. "Therefore, I think it would be best for everyone involved if the feds call a "time-out" and not attend DEF CON this year. This will give everybody time to think about how we got here, and what comes next."
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Old 13th July 2013
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I think it would have been best to keep the invite open to the Feds. Severing the lines of communications won't make things better.

OTOH, you can't predict any kind of doxing or retribution from the hacker community by some psyched up hacker coming in contact with an "enemy combatant"
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