The founder of Def Con, the world's largest hacker conference, has requested that government employees do not attend.
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One of the world’s largest hacker conferences, Def Con, requested that government employees do not attend this year’s annual conference, citing discomfort with federal officials in the wake of National Security Agency revelations.
“It would be best for everyone involved if the feds call a ‘time-out’ and not attend Def Con this year,” writes Def Con’s founder, Jeff Moss. The statement was signed with Mr. Moss's hacker nickname: The Dark Tangent.
The Def Con conference takes place in Las Vegas, and has hosted dialogue among a wide variety of individuals and groups ranging from private hackers to representatives from security companies, as well as federal agents.
About 15,000 people are expected at the Def Con conference, which costs $180 per person. The conference runs from August 1-3.
Traditionally, there has been a general acknowledgement that not all federal government employees who attend the Def Con conference do so openly, and a jovial “Spot the Fed” competition has become commonplace at the Def Con conference.