Photos show the cultural difference between Black Hat and Defcon hacker events

Thousands of security professionals, hackers, federal agents and media descended on Las Vegas this week to attend the Black Hat and Defcon conferences. The two conferences exhibit the extremes of hacker and security culture, with federal agents and major corporations descending on Black Hat in large numbers and mohawk-styled hackers and Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyers attending Defcon. It’s like the difference between law enforcement and pranksterism, where both have the object of protecting freedom.

Black Hat’s spotlight falls on McAfee’s Dmitri Alperovitch for uncovering cyber spying

As soon as Dmitri Alperovitch walked into a hotel suite at McAfee’s reception at the Black Hat security conference, he was surrounded by reporters from the New York Times, Reuters, and other publications. It was the logical end to a long day that began with a blog post by Alperovitch about Operation Shady RAT, a cyber-spying campaign that Alperovitch said was the “biggest transfer of wealth in terms of intellectual property in human history.”