The issue we are struggling with, and the basis of our decision, is that we feel strongly that DEF CON has always presented a neutral ground that encouraged open communication among the community, despite the industry background and diversity of motives to attend," Security research Kevin Johson wrote. "We believe the exclusion of the "feds" this year does the exact opposite at a critical time.
darthcamaro writes: Earlier today it,
/. had a story about DEF CON's position on not allowing U.S. Federal agents attend the annual hacking conference. We're now starting to see the backlash from the hacker community itself with at least two well respected hackers pulling out of the DEF CON speaking sessions so far.