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Hackers hit Las Vegas: Black Hat and DefCon


Remember when Obi-Wan Kenobi described Mos Eisley as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy?” That could apply to Las Vegas 365 days a year, but never more than during DefCon and Black Hat, when the most talented, ambitious and downright mischievous hackers convene to celebrate their exploits in the desert. Join us we batten down the Wi-Fi and venture into the seedy underbelly of Internet security.


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