By Elinor Mills
Security - News.com
August 8, 2008
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LAS VEGAS -- At the Defcon hacker conference, which opened on Friday,
some of the biggest buzz was in the press room.
Three journalists who allegedly sniffed the network in the press room
were ejected from Defcon's sister event, the Black Hat security
conference, on Thursday. On Friday, the journalists, with Global
Security Magazine in France, asked to hold a news conference at Defcon
to tell their side of the story. But when the hour arrived, the men were
nowhere to be seen.
A press liaison for Defcon said the men, Marc Brami, Dominique Jouniot,
and Mauro Israel, had called and canceled shortly before the scheduled
An FBI agent who was at the event to speak on the "Meet the Feds" panel
said he had sent the information about the case to the local FBI office
in Las Vegas.
"Because of the nature of this, involving (citizens) from another
country, it might be sent to the Computer Crime and Intellectual
Property Department at the Justice Department," James Finch, assistant
director for the FBI's cyberdivision, told CNET News. "I would assume
that we'd bring it to the State Department, too."
While the brouhaha was the topic of conversation in the press room, a
world of software and hardware hacking and events was unfolding in the
Riviera conference center all around.
In one popular two-hour session security researchers explained how to
make a fake key out of a credit card that can open certain types of
Medeco M3 locks.
Other sessions focused on the security issues with social networks,
exploiting Google gadgets, and medical identity theft, among many other
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