Back in 1999, DefCon attendees were viewed with great suspicion by employers. When a manager of the NSA or a big company became known at the conference, he was overrun by attendees trying to give him their resume, but were mostly denied. Whenever I described any knowledge of hacking methods, the response was always fear. So I stopped going into detail, even when the job is computer security. These days though, people (without a record) who know how hacking is done and how to defend against it, are actively recruited.
DefCon: The good, the bad and ‘the Feds’
Ah, DefCon, my favorite convention. I should have gone this year. It’s a celebration of determination, independence, intellectual accomplishment, and constant learning.
My brother and I went to DefCon in 1999. I managed to talk my way into the Press Room and got full press credentials with access to special areas — I’d hacked the hacker’s conference. I did have to wait 20 minutes for my brother to get through the regular line though. I later sold my DefCon press credentials on eBay for $14. Shoulda kept them.