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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re:No partiot enough? (40 comments)

...or it was turned down because other people submitted better, more technical, talks, that included actual data and demonstrations
(All three of which are what the Defcon CFP team actually look for in a talk, if you want to know how their minds work)

about 4 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re:Exposes All The Lies (40 comments)

You're an idiot.

Jeff hasn't been a part of Black Hat for years now, and the last connections between BlackHat and Defcon were broken last year. ,there's nothing about 'silencing' this guy, he's just another one of the many hundreds of CFP submissions that don't make it to the top of the pile.
and No, it's loaded with *quotes*, not facts.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re:Disagree /w DEF CON decision. (40 comments)

so you've personally seen the other 600 submissions for Defcon this year, and can unequivocally say that this deserved to be at the top of the pack?

No. this dude is just making a song and dance about being one of the 550 people who get a rejection letter every year.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re:Harsh, but necessary (40 comments)

exactly, this was just rejected.

not like he couldn't still submit it to Skytalks, we don't record those talks either, so he's got a lot more scope to speak off the record there too.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re: Black market baby powder - Banks? (40 comments)

speaking from experience, it comes down to this. the people with a critical eye to all this stuff (like me) don't have access to the big picture. I can only speak to the stuff I've worked on personally, and it doesn't add to what people are telling us.

Conversely, the people who *do* have access to the bigger picture stuff, have no vested interest in giving us the unfiltered truth (or any truth at all), so although they're in a position to know that's actually happening a little more clearly, we have no reason to believe that they're telling us anywhere near the truth of the matter

(remember, Mandiant told us the Chinese Sky Is Falling for *years* before they finally decided to 'show their work' with the APT1 document, until that point, their whole proof was "Trust us, we see more than you do". The government wonks take the same approach.)

about 4 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re:it was rejected for obvious reasons. (40 comments)

yes, because the vendor booths selling TShirts, make up the bulk of Defcon funding.

you've never actually been to Defcon, have ya.
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about 4 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

databeast Re:Black market baby powder - Banks? (40 comments)

yeah, I got the same feeling too, the meat of the presentation seems to be stuff that those of us that do this for a living have know for years (there is no head of the dragon, but there are a lot of snakes out there). Kudos to someone standing against the warhawk cyberwar types, but the whole preso, while interesting, seemed more like a book pimping session, wrapped up in a lot of pandering to people's existing knowledge.

about 4 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

databeast Re:EMC's employment agreement is ridiculous (97 comments)

my lawyer pointed out the date of publication on the employment IP agreement. April 1st, asking if it was intentional.

EMC's legal council did not appreciate the humor.

about 5 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

databeast EMC's employment agreement is ridiculous (97 comments)

Ex employee here, my lawyer pretty much laughed at the incredible reach of EMC's employment agreement, which effectively states that "If at any time, any point in the future, you publish an idea, which we believe you may have originally thought of while working for us, even though you never used it, wrote it down, or discussed it with anyone during your employment; you agree to immediately turn over all rights to said idea, including buying out the rights from any co-creators, at your own expense".

about 5 months ago
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databeast Valuable Whitespace... (2 comments)

Beta is just recognizing our value as cherished site readers, by giving us more of that delicious empty space, tasty thumbnail images, and comforting large-type fonts, for the consumer on the go who doesn't have time for focusing on tiny letters in today's busy world.

about 8 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

databeast Two Different Companies (248 comments)

As symbolic as this is, It's worth pointing out that the RSA Conference and RSA Security are two separate corporate entities (and I worked with both, producing RSA Security's own booth content at RSA Conference 2011). They do however, all funnel back up to EMC (y'know.. the world's largest storage systems corporation).

about 9 months ago
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Netflix, Youtube Surpass 50% Mark of Internet Traffic

databeast Re:Less People - Fewer People (249 comments)

It's not like this is one of the cases where the, the wrong version flows well enough to let it slip ("12 items or less"), it even reads awkwardly. You'd think the writer would have stopped to go 'wait, that doesn't sound right' at the very least.

about 10 months ago
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

databeast Re:How Does One Become an Editor? (372 comments)

Everyone is an editor on wikipedia, many edits are entirely anonymous (IP address only).

what you're talking about is an Admin.

about a year ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

databeast Re:Stallman would have something to say about this (488 comments)

please tell me this is some attempt at sarcasm, and you aren't actually that ignorant?

Many states (such as the one I reside in) specifically ban the registration of firearms in their state constitution.

about 10 months ago
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Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

databeast Re:Responsible Disclosure is Dead (97 comments)

Welcome to the self-hatred that is working in the infosec business - any illusions we held about trying to improve the state of things for the greater good fell away many years ago when people started realizing that there was no profit in working towards making ourselves obsolete - casualties be damned. When it comes to computers, you're either responsible for your own OPSEC 24/7, or you accept that your systems will be interfered with in perpetuity. Nobody is looking out for you, least of all the infosec business.

about a year ago
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Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

databeast Re:WTF? (97 comments)

certainly, if a government does it, it's not unlawful... and there's the rub. If interference and espionage with another nation's information systems are acts of aggression, will be ever see some updating of geneva/hague convention notions towards this? They both mention spies, but largely in the protection and treatment of them in habeus corpus situations... Do we even need such an updating? there is plenty of material on the legality of peacetime espionage, yet the sabotage issue remains murky as ever.

about a year ago
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Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

databeast Re:So if 'cyberWar' is actually a thing... (97 comments)

no, it was referencing the irony of something. You really aren't very good at this comprehension thing are you, so I think I'll take my leave of this thread now and give you some space for you and your bugbears to spend some time alone.

about a year ago
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Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

databeast Re:So if 'cyberWar' is actually a thing... (97 comments)

yet you remain blissfully unaware of my using it as a mechanism of irony to illustrate that if people are going to insist upon the term cyber -*war*, that perhaps some of the same perceptions and controls should apply to it equally? At least my brand of pedantry doesn't cause me to lose sight of the entire discussion as I crawl up my own asshole in sophistry.

Tl:Dr - "Whoosh!"

about a year ago
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Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

databeast Re:0-day exploit = NSA coded backdoor (97 comments)

If these developers are so good at consciously creating vulns, you'd think they'd be better at NOT creating them too, now wouldn't you? After all, software shouldn't require /hundreds/ of these backdoors, just a handful that were constructed carefully enough.. They certainly shouldn't be getting discovered by independent researchers without all these necessary criminal and Military Industrial connections you describe.

Reality does not support your hypothesis here I'm afraid, I think your tinfoil hat might have been backdoored...

about a year ago
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Business Is Booming In the 'Zero-Day' Game

databeast Re:In a way (97 comments)

Sad I blew mod points to comment on this article, but this reply deserves modding up. Your point about the redundancy of the term 'ethical hacker' is something I wrote about on Bloomberg last year (and was promptly libeled by Richard Stiennon in his column a day later)..

about a year ago

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