The head of the NSA faces a tough audience as he appeals to hackers and security professionals at Black Hat 2013 to help the U.S. government build better spying tools.
Futurist author Neal Stephenson regaled a bleary-eyed but enthusiastic Black Hat crowd with behind-the-scenes tales of baking science into his fiction and the struggles in creating a first-person video game sword-fighting system.
They went from everyday people to overnight Web stars, all thanks to a newfangled site called YouTube. Some are still at it. Others moved on to new, related ventures.
The day before it begins, a thousand or so people are working through the kinks of an expanded version of the annual security conference.
Having paid attendees vote on upcoming conference speakers is just one of the online improvements Black Hat hopes to make during 2008.
AT CES 2008, CNET takes Sony Ericsson's three new cell phones for a test drive.
Over the past 11 years, the conference has grown from a gathering of security professionals to a large Vegas-style conference.
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