At the 20th Annual DefCon conference in Las Vegas, Keith Alexander, a four-star general and National Security Agency(NSA) director appealed to his audience. He said that cyber hackers and the US government should cooperate in producing new security techniques for the Internet.
DefCon in military parlance means defense condition. But, the meaning is altogether different in hacker language. It is a convention for hackers who attend different gaming events such as hacking into computers and networks.
The group, heralded as an elite conglomeration of hackers, has been meeting every summer since 1993. This summer the conference was held July 25-29 in Las Vegas. The organizer of the group is the founder of Black Hat, Jeff Moss, who also is known as The Dark Tangent.
Alexander appealed to his audience. “In this room, this room right here is the talent our nation needs to secure cyberspace,” Alexander said.
The NSA director told his listeners that, “We’re the ones who built this Internet.” He then referred to the early days of the network when DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) played a central role. Today “we’re the ones who have to keep it secure,” he said.
One of NSA’s areas of expertise is electronic intelligence and protecting the government as well as the people from cyber-attacks.
DefCon was expected to attract a record number of 16,000 conference attendees this year. They came in their usual attire of tee shirts and jeans. Alexander followed suit.
Source: Gant Daily
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