For first time ever, feds asked to sit out DefCon hacker conference
Call for a “time out” underscores tensions over breadth of NSA spy program.
by Dan Goodin – July 11 2013
“…tensions seemed to mount between feds and more civil liberties-focused DefCon attendees following the 9-11 attacks of 2001. In recent weeks, amid leaks by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden exposing a spying program many say is intrusive and unconstitutional, things have reached a breaking point, some hackers said..
“While not new, I feel a mood in the hacker community that has resurged to levels I’ve not seen in years,” Kyle R. Maxwell, a security analyst for one of the telecoms recently implicated in the NSA dragnet, wrote in a blog post reacting to Wednesday evening’s announcement. “The Snowden affair really only brought to the fore problems that seemed to worsen during the Bush administration, then got quiet when many people felt that perhaps things will change under President Obama. Clearly, that was not the case by any stretch of the imagination.”