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BLOG: Defcon: Website woes unrelated to our beef with feds

Paul McNamara | July 12, 2013
Hacker conference tells federal agents they’re not welcome this year.

Defcon's Jeff (The Dark Tangent) Moss yesterday wrote a blog post informing federal agencies that their employees will not be welcome at this year's security conference — as they have been for 20 years running — because of the ongoing controversy over government surveillance programs.

Also yesterday, Defcon's website was down at times, drowsy at others. In fact, even this morning it was initially inaccessible to me.

Twitter users needed no time to connect these dots, as surely the website was under attack from someone or other dissatisfied with Defcon's snubbing of the feds.

Not so, says Defcon:


And lest you suspect the veracity of that denial, here's what Defcon had tweeted earlier in the day, before that blog post by Moss:


That's their story and it won't convince everyone.


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