By Robert Vamosi
Security - News.com
August 6, 2008
LAS VEGAS -- On the eve of this year's Black Hat Briefings, officials
disputed a researcher's claim that his talk had to be canceled. They say
the talk never even existed.
Last Thursday, researcher Charles Edge told Brian Krebs of the
Washington Post that a talk on a previously disclosed flaw within the
encryption for Apple FileVault had to be canceled because of a signed
agreement with Apple.
The story had the individuals at Black Hat who handle the Call for
Papers -- the process by which a researcher submits a request to make a
presentation and then waits to hear back from the
conference--scrambling. Edge, who goes by the nickname "Krypted," is a
well-known Apple security researcher who has previously presented at
both Black Hat and its sister conference Defcon.
But on Tuesday, two different Black Hat officials confirmed to CNET News
that Edge never submitted a paper for this year's conference.
Charles Edge did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and
this story will be updated as necessary.
Meanwhile, a Black Hat spokesperson confirmed that a panel discussion
titled "Meet the Apple Security Experts" was canceled by its moderator.
The panel still appears in the printed schedule for the conference; the
cancellation came too late to change the printing. All other references
have been removed.
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