DEF CON 21 - Doing Bad Things to 'Good' Security Appliances
pseagrenat July 07,2015 I am not the least bit surprised to hear this story, which is a good one. I cannot think of any employee who is willing to put hard work and effort into any job, and then not have a problem when they are pulled away and restricted from the work they created. I also appreciated how he explained that not all hackers are bad and evil and they can help others in research, presentations, and the identification and remediation of security issues and vulnerabilities. I am not condoning either view, but it is interesting to hear from someone who has experience from two opposing sides of the fence.
tlawlessat July 09,2015 Great speaker and awesome discussion on a wide variety of topics. The underlying theme here is that there must be a willingness from both the government and the hacker community to collaborate with each other to further their similar but different missions. The game-theory issue with government contracts could definitely be an issue though I'm not aware of any government contractor that's been accused of intentionally not protecting data for financial gain. At the end of the day we all have to put our country first!
mrgodfrey3at July 14,2015 Anyone who discloses classified materials should be prepared to suffer the consequences. The speaker brings up some interesting points regarding the disclosure of secret data and the ethical conflict about such actions. He includes various philosophies regarding this topic.
Beggsseat November 24,2015 I really enjoyed Mudge's talk as his desire to open the lines of communication, in his examples between the government and the hackers, really applies to all of us. It is the open dialogue that makes things clearer, rather than fear-induced exclusion. The four stories he authentically told contained lessons for all of us on communication, who is your audience, who else might be reading the communication, etc. He is an example of the effectiveness of two worlds interacting as the hacker from the Loft to working at DARPA. His willingness to be genuine puts a human face to WikiLeaks, Anonymous, Game Theory and his plea. The plea being that the hacker community needs to reach out and educate the government and the government needs to attend conferences, interact with participants, do their homework, understand the subject, before attempting to speak at these conferences. It was also apparent from the tributes at the end that Mudge has been a significant contributor in his field and has earned the respect of others. Well done!
zsesayat November 27,2015 His story is interesting and I like the passion in that too. He was really determine on pursuing whatever goal he has made. Funny when he had to introduce himself again to the guy that cannot remember him. I like the way he reminds him. I wonder is he wasn't calling him a different and unique name, if he would have been able to remind him of himself