With a focus on advancing careers of younger security pros, Boston Bsides tries to bring in big-name keynote speakers so attendees get to interact with them up close. This year the two keynotes.
One was Peiter Zatko, also better known as Mudge. He was a key member of the hacker group L0pht and wrote the password breaking software L0phtCrack. Later he oversaw cybersecurity research at DARPA and worked at Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects division. He spoke about how attackers and vendors selling defenses can wind up in perverse relationships where they perpetuate a standoff rather than close avenues of attack.
The other was Gabriella Coleman, a professor of Scientific & Technological Literacy at McGill University. She spoke about the group Anonymous, whether it ought to be considered a terrorist group and an apparent effort to paint it as such by governments. She’s written a book on the subject called Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous.
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