BY TIM BARKER
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
I just got back from the 2009 Cyber Crime Conference. The conference is
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and is geared toward law
Spent one afternoon listening to a pair of well-known hackers who
reminded me just how much of an advantage some of these guys have over
the ordinary folks who inhabit the Internet.
The first was Jeff Moss (known as Dark Tangent), the founder of DEF CON,
one of the oldest computer hacker conferences. The second was Johnny
Long with Hackers for Charity, a group that supports the education of
kids in East Africa.
Moss spent a lot of time going over the history of hacking -- and to be
clear, Moss and others argue that the term has been misused by the media
as a generic reference for computer criminals. He says hackers,
historically, have been about the quest for hidden knowledge, with a
look-but-don't-touch approach to that knowledge.
By the end of his hour-long presentation, I have to say I was pretty
well convinced that there's not much you can hide from people with so
much desire to simply prove they can do what someone else says they
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