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Security Researcher Attacked While At Conference

Soulskill posted about 10 months ago | from the raising-awareness-of-unacceptable-behavior dept.

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New submitter fineous fingers writes "U.S. computer security researcher Georgia Weidman has revealed on her blog that a fellow speaker at the Confidence security conference in Krakow, Poland attempted to rape her. The attack occurred in her hotel room in the early morning hours of 28 May. Luckily, Georgia was able to fend her attacker off by clocking him in the head with a coffee mug. I was personally at this conference, but was staying at a different hotel and found out about it after the fact. It was Georgia herself that told me after she gave her fantastic talk on Leveraging Mobile Devices on Pentests. That she was able to give a flawless presentation later that day and had the courage to talk about the attack on her blog shows how awesome she really is."

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Innocent until blogged about (1, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 10 months ago | (#44079727)

He denies it. She presented no evidence. He presented none either, even though he is under no obligation to. No charges files. Her word against his.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079751)

you mean beside the photos she tweeted of her injuries?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079763)

And how does that prove HE injured her?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 10 months ago | (#44079787)

Didn't see them on her blog. Do you have links? Is there any evidence that the person she alleges injured her actually did it? Were these images submitted to the police?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (4, Informative)

fineous fingers (927189) | about 10 months ago | (#44079855)

Look at his left eye: http://lh6.ggpht.com/-Vgd8jBxq8oo/Ua9HT0nPpuI/AAAAAAAAQ1k/oc6uKE5J9Bs/s800/_0272_confidence__M.jpg [ggpht.com] This was taken on the afternoon of the second day of the conference. The attack happened on the early morning of the first day. fingers

Re:Innocent until blogged about (5, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 10 months ago | (#44079955)

Okay, so at least now we have something to substantiate her claims. Shame this couldn't have been part of the summary.

I have no idea why I was modded down as a troll, all I did was point out that in the absence of evidence everyone is innocent until proven guilty and TFA contained no such evidence.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (-1, Troll)

roninmagus (721889) | about 10 months ago | (#44080093)

That doesn't "substantiate her claims." That substantiates that one person was injured, and so was another. Could have been a fistfight, could have been anything. Still her word versus his as to the cause of the fight, unless there is visual/audio evidence or other witnesses.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (4, Insightful)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about 10 months ago | (#44080127)

Why did he steal her property on the way out though? That doesn't fit.

I'm leaning very much towards her end of things at this stage. Rape is about power, taking her phone and passport as he left very much fits the profile.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080047)

He must have been really drunk, because she's uglier than Rosie O'Donnell !

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079817)

said photos:
https://twitter.com/georgiaweidman/status/347338666122829824/photo/1
https://twitter.com/georgiaweidman/status/347333049752645633/photo/1

Re:Innocent until blogged about (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079755)

And what if he did try to rape her? Aren't women just sex objects to be used & abused by us men, anyway? Of course they are. I can't believe that this filthy sow has the audacity to act as if she shouldn't be treated as the sex object that she is! I'm going to vomit!

Re:Innocent until blogged about (4, Interesting)

lubaciousd (912505) | about 10 months ago | (#44079761)

If you were going to make a court case out of it, posting your evidence to a blog immediately might hurt your case more than help it. It's true that this is a very public accusation without much to substantiate it, but I don't think it's completely unreasonable to want to warn people without hurting your own chances for justice in your particular case. That public shaming requires both an unsubstantiated claim and people who take that as fact.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (2)

jcr (53032) | about 10 months ago | (#44079781)

She presented no evidence.

Say what? According to the account she wrote on her blog, she had a black eye. Something physical went down. Has the guy she's accused written up any rebuttal to her charges?

-jcr

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0, Troll)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 10 months ago | (#44079865)

I find every time they go running to the Internet instead of the cops to be suspect frankly, as I can accuse anybody of anything and so can you. Like that old bit "Have you stopped beating women?" once you accuse someone you can destroy them in the court of public opinion.

Did he do it? Is she making it up? Who the hell knows, THAT IS WHAT THE COPS ARE FOR, to collect evidence and figuring out WTF went down. With the Internet no evidence is needed, no investigation, just "that one did it" is ALL that is needed. I don't know, maybe its just me, but I'm old enough to remember McMartin and how quickly the court of public opinion can crucify somebody only to later turn out to be bullshit so the whole thing makes me REALLY uncomfortable. if he did what she said she should have been on the phone to the cops not 10 minutes later, why wasn't she?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080021)

There are libel laws that cover this and plenty of prior cases. Slashdot itself might be skating on thin ice here, have their lawyers greenlighted this?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080083)

>> Have you stopped beating women?

I never started.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 10 months ago | (#44080111)

Why are you avoiding the question? It's a yes or no answer.

Re: Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080139)

Your question presumes suppositions not in evidence here.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080085)

i find not reading the internet to be suspect frankly. If you had, she went to the cops, and her personal belongings from her room were recovered from him, the hallway of the floor he was staying on, and his room by hotel staff later on. The police were a letdown, though the US Embassy was much more compassionate they too were ultimately unhelpful.

Not everywhere works like the USA and arrests you the second someone accuses you of rape or violence. Sometimes they don't even do much of anything at all because the problem, meaning you the accuser who is also a foreigner only here for a conference, will be going away shortly.

So what do you do then, smartguy?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080137)

She did go to the cops (and hotel staff/security, conference staff, and the US Consulate). She was in a foreign country and they didn't do shit. So that's it? You just shut up and let him go at that point?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (5, Informative)

Idarubicin (579475) | about 10 months ago | (#44080155)

I find every time they go running to the Internet instead of the cops to be suspect frankly, as I can accuse anybody of anything and so can you. .... if he did what she said she should have been on the phone to the cops not 10 minutes later, why wasn't she?

I don't know if you're illiterate, lazy, or just an ass -- but had you read the linked post, you would know that the very first thing she tried to do was contact the police, and she stuck at it for hours until she was able to get them to show up. Turns out, this can be difficult to accomplish late at night, in a foreign country where you don't speak the language, in a former Eastern Bloc country.

She was unable to get an outside line from her hotel room phone. The hotel desk clerk claimed not to understand English well enough to place the call when asked. Her own cell phone had been damaged in the attack; she eventually was able to have a friend contact the U.S. embassy, who were able to - finally - reach the Polish police.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (-1, Troll)

Squiddie (1942230) | about 10 months ago | (#44079957)

Even if it is true that something physical went down. That still does not mean he tried to rape her, or that he started it. Nobody knows what happened because currently it's just her word against his. There is no proper evidence to look at and no trial. For all we know, she assaulted him. She really should have gone to the proper authorities. Just because she's a woman, does not mean we should believe her. There are legal procedures for that.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080163)

She did; they didn't take her seriously. They did find a bunch of her things in his room, though; a dude who would steal a passport, iPad, and cell phone is trying to cover up something.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

mysidia (191772) | about 10 months ago | (#44080165)

it's just her word against his

It's interesting that you said 'her word against his' instead of 'his word against hers'

Does this express a bias in favor of his point of view; his word against hers, that there was no attempted assault, burglary, or rape?

Contrary to the physical damage to the both of them.

There is some evidence of attempted wrongdoing; or battery, at least, due to the physical wounds, and her missing stuff that was miraculously found to be in his possession.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 10 months ago | (#44079977)

He has, if you Google his name (posted on her blog) he wrote a blog entry denying it. Not a very convincing entry, but then again I really had to dig deep to find any photos of her on her Twitter feed. If you go with the court of public opinion rather than the police you kinda need to lay out your evidence a bit better.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080211)

Google search of the alleged person's name turns up blog.gont.com.ar [gont.com.ar] Is this the blog you are referring to?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080023)

Not to mention the stolen items that were later found in his hotel room. However blaise the police may be about it since neither is Polish, surely a report from them on theft would work wonders as well.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080121)

He doesn't need a rebuttal. The burden is on the prosecution, so to speak.

it would be easy to gather the evidence (0)

decora (1710862) | about 10 months ago | (#44079827)

except for the international nature of the conference, they could look at the guys hands, etc, and substantiate the claims of the accuser.

from what she said, he attempeted to kill her. i would not blame her for blasting his fucking head and splattering it all over the room.

i know this is slahsdot, where the fucking shit bag Hans Reiser got defended even after he told the bodies where to dig up the disfigured corpse of his dead wife, but i dont fucking care. fuck slashdot and all the rapists and murderers who think they are too cool for justice.

when it comes down to your nerd rage rape fantasy veruses my dead body in a gutter, if someone attacks me and triees to kill me, im going to decpaitate them and stick their head on a fucking pole in front of the nearest tech convention and not feel bad about it. someone in the IT community needs to get the fucking message, and reasoned argument doesnt seem to persuade them.

Re: it would be easy to gather the evidence (0, Flamebait)

smaddox (928261) | about 10 months ago | (#44079853)

But why blog about it? Why not just go to the police?

Re: it would be easy to gather the evidence (5, Informative)

fineous fingers (927189) | about 10 months ago | (#44079863)

She did go to the police. Neither person involved was Polish so they were not interested. Fingers

Re:it would be easy to gather the evidence (-1, Redundant)

Yahma (1004476) | about 10 months ago | (#44079913)

Nerd rage rape fantasy? Give me a break... if someone tried to rape/kill you, the first thing you do is go report it to the police. The fact she didn't file a police report and instead decided to "blog" about it is very odd. I'm not saying it didn't happen; however, why not file a police report if things happened as reported on her blog?

Re:it would be easy to gather the evidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079961)

She did file a police report, the police werent interested.

Re:it would be easy to gather the evidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079981)

she did... RTFA, idiot.

Re:it would be easy to gather the evidence (4, Informative)

SB9876 (723368) | about 10 months ago | (#44080027)

RTFA, dumbass. She did report it but the Polish police declined to file a report.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (5, Informative)

fineous fingers (927189) | about 10 months ago | (#44079847)

He denies it. She presented no evidence. He presented none either, even though he is under no obligation to. No charges files. Her word against his.

Of course he denies it what is he going to say? "Yes I am a sexual predator"? There was plenty of evidence that something went down. There were bruises on both of their faces. Many of her items (that Gont took) were found in his room even after he denied having them. Polish Law Enforcement WAS contacted but decided not to take any action.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079861)

Polish Law Enforcement WAS contacted but decided not to take any action.

So you're saying he's innocent.
Ok.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (4, Informative)

icebike (68054) | about 10 months ago | (#44079921)

Of course he denies it what is he going to say? "Yes I am a sexual predator"? There was plenty of evidence that something went down. There were bruises on both of their faces. Many of her items (that Gont took) were found in his room even after he denied having them. Polish Law Enforcement WAS contacted but decided not to take any action.

Probably Polish LEOs decided that since she let him in her room in the wee hours of the morning, there is no way to determine what happened from there on.
Hence, the case devolves into a she said he said, and if she won't file official charges, and stay there long enough to see it through, they will decline to make an arrest. Its up to her to file formal charges.

Re: Innocent until blogged about (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079933)

Sure, all that *sounds* bad, but she was probably asking for it by wearing a short skirt and attending a convention.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079937)

If he is truly innocent, what is he supposed to do? Not deny it?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 10 months ago | (#44080001)

Okay, but where is this evidence? Others in the comments have now linked to it, but she didn't.

All I was saying is that she went with the court of public opinion but didn't provide any evidence in her blog post. Now there is some it is possible for us to evaluate the situation, as she apparently wants us to do. It certainly looks like she was telling the truth, but you wouldn't have known it if you were not already following the whole saga in social media.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

fineous fingers (927189) | about 10 months ago | (#44080087)

She didn't link to it because initially she didn't want to name him. Enough visitors on her blog demanded his name so eventually she did. I'm not sure if she had seen Gont's picture on the Confidence web site. I didn't want to bring it to her attention since I thought it might upset her even more. If you want to see the picture again on their site its number 215 out of 277 here: http://2013.confidence.org.pl/pictures [confidence.org.pl] Fingers

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080005)

That's the thing that bugs me. If I was clubbed on the head with a coffee mug, I wouldn't stay around collecting miscellaneous electronics and a shoe.

Or maybe this guy is a criminal mastermind and did it to make her story have an incredulous turn.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (5, Insightful)

Entropius (188861) | about 10 months ago | (#44079891)

"Innocent until proven guilty" applies only in court. Nobody is advocating throwing this guy in jail without a fair trial.

But she has the right to blog about being attacked, and I have the right to believe her based on my experience (that people with stories like that generally aren't making them up).

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079949)

(that people with stories like that generally aren't making them up)

It's thanks to people like you that people are able to ruin other people's lives by accusing them of wrongdoing even if they are never convicted of anything.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079989)

Won't somebody think of the rapists!

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079987)

Plus the fact he stole her phone, passport, and shoe?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080183)

What kind of rapist steals a bunch of stuff? And after he had his face smashed in? Or was this from the previous night he was in her room?

Re:Innocent until blogged about (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 10 months ago | (#44080135)

Reportedly, he denies it. She presented no evidence. He presented none either, even though he is under no obligation to. No charges files. Her word against his.

Reportedly, he was in her room. They were both injured.

Reportedly, He took her stuff (passport, iPad).

Strong circumstantial evidence.

I understand, the evidence isn't strong enough to throw him in jail; however, it's not merely his word against hers.

Re:Innocent until blogged about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080149)

Many times evidence is hard to get in cases like this, so often times it boils down to his word against hers.

Just the nature of things. I tend to believe the woman.

that's old school (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079729)

Rape is the original brute force attack.

whistleblower (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079749)

was he running a whistle-bower website by any chance?

pentesting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079753)

jokes start in 3...2...1...

DUH! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079777)

'The attack occurred in her hotel room in the early morning hours of 28 May'
So she invited him into her room late at night while she was alone?!?
We have a winner! DING! DING! DING!

Re:DUH! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079869)

Seriously, what a cock teaser.
However. he got what he deserved for hitting on a dyke.

Swag attack! (4, Funny)

iluvcapra (782887) | about 10 months ago | (#44079783)

Luckily, Georgia was able to fend her attacker off by clocking him in the head with a coffee mug.

Let none denigrate the usefulness of humble convention swag again.

Can we take this somewhere else? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079793)

like offline?

A very brave woman (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079795)

Thank you Georgia for your brave heart and your humanist approach. As a male I feel ashamed that such a male exists among us.

Re:A very brave woman (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079929)

NO no no, there is no reason why you should feel ashamed for anything anyone else did.
It is as bad as people trying to make all white Americans feel bad because some shitty people kept slaves a couple hundred years ago, and pushed the natives off their land. If you personally did not do something bad, or through inaction allow something bad to happen, you have nothing to be ashamed of.

Re:A very brave woman (5, Insightful)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about 10 months ago | (#44079975)

As a male I feel ashamed that such a male exists among us.

That's muddle-headed thinking. Be proud or ashamed of your own actions, not those of strangers.

Re:A very brave woman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080055)

Thank you Steve for your logical mind and your direct approach. As a Slashdotter I feel ashamed that such a white knight exists among us.

Re:A very brave woman (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about 10 months ago | (#44080215)

You genuinely feel shame that there is a bad guy on the planet? You must be completely wrought with shame to the point of not being able to function in society knowing just how many men (and women!) are bad people!

i would have killed him. (0, Flamebait)

decora (1710862) | about 10 months ago | (#44079797)

if someone tried to rape me it wouldnt be a fucking coffee mug. it would be his head against the corner of a table, over and over and over, until his blood spurted out all over my shirt. then id cut off his dick and mail it to his mother.

i commend her for her restraint.

Re:i would have killed him. (1)

redmid17 (1217076) | about 10 months ago | (#44079859)

It's doubtful that'd you'd have the necessary strength to do so, but I applaud the aggression. Rapists are the worst sort of scum

Re:i would have killed him. (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 10 months ago | (#44079877)

how are you going to get the address of his mother when he is dead? Moreover, how are you going to prove attempted rape to the authorities?

Re:i would have killed him. (0)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 10 months ago | (#44079895)

Alright Lorena, you've had your 15 minutes so if you want more you'll have to do something with or to a Kardashian. Until then please go sit over there, away from the sharp objects.

Re:i would have killed him. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079941)

ur da rapeking!

Re:i would have killed him. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079999)

You're so violent. Maybe a good raping will fix that.

Re:i would have killed him. (1, Insightful)

Virtucon (127420) | about 10 months ago | (#44080025)

Been drinking a bit too much caffeine today?

While this alleged incident is reprehensible, I don't think it warrants going John Wayne Bobbit [wikipedia.org] on the perp. It's no excuse for the behavior however I do wonder why from the blog posting there's this:

Note: There will be no names named here. The perpetrator is not named. Likewise the heroes of the story who probably saved me from going to jail and at the very least comforted me when it felt like the floor was going to fall through are left unnamed. That said if you want to know the names I am willing to discuss it privately.

Okay, this raises a few questions, no names mentioned, no charges filed and I guess maybe the Police were involved or not but... shit, the blog posting reads more like "The Vagina Monologues" and goes wandering around. It may make a great chapter in an upcoming novel but I'm not discounting what she's saying either, it just doesn't ring true when you won't say "Look, this MF named Mr. ______ tried to rape me. And these other folks ______ _______ saw it." Look, if you're assaulted go to the authorities, file charges and name names. If this guy is a bad apple and he needs to be called out otherwise this is an incident that *maybe* happened and without at least some other folks stepping forward and saying "yeah, I saw it" or "yeah, he raped me" then these can be considered hearsay or fiction. If you're going to put it in a Blog, put the names down for Christ sake.. Shit last year two guys making jokes were lambasted [theblaze.com] as being chauvinists all across the Internet for something that is magnitudes less significant than this supposed incident. You know what, I call that offensive but it's also free speech.

Now, I'm not condoning violence against women, especially Rape but let's also not forget how lynchings start and recently the infamous case of DSK [wikipedia.org] and how that all fell apart. Yeah DSK was(or is) a womanizer and probably didn't deserve all the BS he received, or maybe he did: including losing his position with the World Bank. I kind of put these kinds of stories in along with what Roseann Barr did a few years ago with "Repressed Memories." [wordpress.com]

So please put the chainsaw down and look objectively at what this person and their story and certainly cheer for her standing up to this guy but don't start eviscerating every guy out there.
 

Re:i would have killed him. (2)

jkflying (2190798) | about 10 months ago | (#44080177)

You took the time to write that whole thing, but didn't even RTFA? She reported it to the police, and they weren't interested because neither were locals.

So, basically, your entire post is irrelevant.

actually you are condoning violence (1)

decora (1710862) | about 10 months ago | (#44080207)

its called "self defense", to kill someone who is trying to kill you.

this man was trying to kill her. he beat her in the face. she had no idea how many times he would do it, or how far he would go.

she defended herself.

you are saying that she shouldnt have.

its life or death situation. you protect your own life, not the life of a scumbag criminal sociopath.

Re:i would have killed him. (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | about 10 months ago | (#44080045)

Heh, your comment reminds me of those Internet Tough Guys. No offence, but say that again after actually going through the situation.

What the hell, Slashdot?! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080059)

I come here to /. to read about computers, software, and technology in general.

Yet what do I actually encounter? Some article about a bunch of drama that allegedly took place at some obscure conference in eastern Europe a month ago.

But what's worse is reading through comments and encountering one like this one from "decora". Why is a comment talking about violently killing somebody, then butchering the victim's genitals, and finally mailing them to the victim's mother modded up to "5, Insightful"?

Come on. That's the kind of crap I expect to see modded up at a place like reddit. And that's exactly why I don't visit reddit, but come here instead. We shouldn't have to encounter nonsense submissions like this one, nor utterly stupid (if not outright disgusting) comments modded up so highly.

Can /. please go back to focusing on technology, rather than junk like this?

Re:i would have killed him. (4, Insightful)

burningcpu (1234256) | about 10 months ago | (#44080073)

No one really knows how they'd handle such a situation until they are in it. Past thoughts and declarations might predispose an untrained person to a certain action, but when a harsh reality comes suddenly and unexpectedly it's all about instinct and fight or flight responses.

I've been enough dangerous situations to know that I'm neither a courageous man nor a coward, but simply a man. I saved a roofied woman from being raped by a group of strangers and have a heavily scared face to remind me of my moment of courage. On the other hand, I ran like hell when skinheads raided my friend's party with baseball bats and knives. I have the memory of standing over my friend's hospital bed as he was nursed back to health to remind me of my moment of cowardice.

The lady from the article is alive and was able to free herself from her attacker. That is what matters.

Re:i would have killed him. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080075)

This isn't a movie you idiot. You hit him with what's available and get out. The size and strength difference between you and 99% of the male population puts you at a huge disadvantage and being overly aggressive is a good way to get yourself beat to death.

Re:i would have killed him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080081)

Ah genital mutilation and murder. Never change rad-fem, never change.

Bias (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079819)

"U.S. computer security researcher Georgia Weidman has claimed on her blog that a fellow speaker at the Confidence security conference in Krakow, Poland attempted to rape her. The alleged attack occurred in her hotel room in the early morning hours of 28 May. Luckily, Georgia claims she was able to fend her attacker off by clocking him in the head with a coffee mug. I was personally at this conference, but was staying at a different hotel and found out about it after the fact. It was Georgia herself that told me after she gave her fantastic talk on Leveraging Mobile Devices on Pentests. That she was able to give a flawless presentation later that day and had the stupidity to talk about the attack on her blog shows how ignorant of the law she really is."

Fixed for accuracy.

Re:Bias (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079907)

There should never be a penalty for telling the truth, if she is. She lived through the event; she doesn't have to say 'alleged', because she knows. She is either telling the truth or lying, and either way, there's no need to add pseudo-legal clarifications to her speech.

There may be not enough evidence to convict the alleged attacker; but being declared legally innocent does not mean innocent in truth... just as being convicted is not 100% proof somebody is truly guilty. I have no qualms calling O. J. Simpson a murderer, despite his acquittal. I don't know enough about this case to make a firm conclusion... although I want to point out that there are many cultures out there *cough* Eastern Europe *cough* where rape is not nearly as culturally condemned as it is in civilized regions.

Re:Bias (2)

foma84 (2079302) | about 10 months ago | (#44079945)

From victim of assault to stupid and ignorant. You claim to remove Bias, then subtly introducing yours.
How ignorant of empathy are you, Anon?

False Rape Accusation (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079825)

Women do it all the time. It's one way they deal with the regret of being a slut.

He wasn't trying to *rape* her (0, Flamebait)

WOOFYGOOFY (1334993) | about 10 months ago | (#44079871)

A whole new meaning to the term ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079893)

... penetration testing.

It is Java! Go Java! (5, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 10 months ago | (#44079911)

Luckily, Georgia was able to fend her attacker off by clocking him in the head with a coffee mug.

See? Java skill will always come in handy for the code warriors in every unexpected situation.

Fat, Ugly, and Doesn't put out (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079923)

First thing: This was in Poland. So of course everything is backwards and I'm sure he would have bought you a drink and asked you out afterwards.

Next: Try using a mirror and then consider you sometimes need to just keep what you can get.

Well it appears to be a legitimate rape attempt. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44079943)

But she was drunk and she did invite him in so where on the rape scale should this be? Would any fright wingers care to fill in the blanks?
0 being not rape
1
2
3
4 ...
9 being legitimate rape.

Re:Well it appears to be a legitimate rape attempt (1, Insightful)

Oligonicella (659917) | about 10 months ago | (#44080113)

Ask Whoopie. I hear she's an expert on what is and isn't really "rape rape".

Re:Well it appears to be a legitimate rape attempt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080129)

Can't be more than 0 since his plow did not enter her field.

Victim wonderful, awesome, flawless (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080089)

That did it for me. I mean, alright, something baaad hmkay goes down. Fine, deal with it. But then getting all soppy? Uh, no thanks. Getting victimised doesn't make your work suddenly super duper extra good. Keep those things separate, please.

Unrelatedly, having lived in a house full of polish people I would be happy to never have to do that again. Yuck.

Disappointing (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#44080151)

The lack of sympathy in these comments is as awful as the blog post.

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