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US spies not wanted at infamous hacker meet

Published on Jul 12, 2013 6:41 AM
 
A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw, in this Feb 28, 2013 file picture illustration. Revelations about a US Internet surveillance program have chilled the relationship between federal authorities and an infamous Def Con hacker gathering. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Revelations about a US Internet surveillance program have chilled the relationship between federal authorities and an infamous Def Con hacker gathering.

Federal investigators, referred to as "feds", are being asked not to attend the annual Def Con conference set to take place in Las Vegas the first week of August.

"Our community operates in the spirit of openness, verified trust, and mutual respect," Def Con founder Jeff Moss, known by the hacker name Dark Tangent, said in a message displayed Thursday at the event's website.

"When it comes to sharing and socializing with feds, recent revelations have made many in the community uncomfortable about this relationship," he continued.

 
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