More hackers disclosing their identities

Some have traded anonymity for public roles as cybersecurity experts while others use their real names due to corporate demands

Defcon, one of the world's largest hacking conferences, was held last month in Las Vegas. New pressures are reshaping the hacker community's attitudes towards privacy and anonymity.
Defcon, one of the world's largest hacking conferences, was held last month in Las Vegas. New pressures are reshaping the hacker community's attitudes towards privacy and anonymity.PHOTO: NYTIMES

LAS VEGAS • Even hackers cannot avoid privacy bugs entirely.

Ask any hacker who has been around long enough and there is a good chance you will hear a story about the first time his identity was publicly disclosed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2018, with the headline 'More hackers disclosing their identities'. Subscribe