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Black Hat, DEFCON Founder Named CSO of ICANN 41

ancientribe writes "Jeff Moss, aka 'The Dark Tangent,' and founder of the Black Hat security conference and DEFCON, the world's largest hacker conference, has been named VP and CSO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Moss will take on the position of Black Hat Conference Chair, where he will continue to play a key role in the development of conference and training content."
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Black Hat, DEFCON Founder Named CSO of ICANN

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  • by demonbug ( 309515 ) on Friday April 29, 2011 @07:06PM (#35980712) Journal

    ICANN haz Black Hat?

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Icegryphon ( 715550 )

      ICANN haz Black Hat?

      Sir, If I had mod points, you would of had some of them.

      • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

        by gman003 ( 1693318 )
        Would HAVE. </grammarnazi>
        • Would HAVE. </grammarnazi>

          And if I had some mod points you would have some too.

          Of the -1 Off Topic variety. :)

        • The reason people do this is because the word 'have'and the word 'of' have exactly the same pronunciation when unstressed. They both are realized with a schwa vowel and a voiced labiodental fricative /v/. It's not an arbitrary mistake, and interestingly the merger of the two words in this environment doesn't hamper vocal communication.

          • This is not, however, vocal communication. This is textual communication, and there is not one glyph common to "have" and "of". Thus, in textual communication, it is indeed counterproductive and WRONG. My initial attempts to parse the sentence in question resulted in failure - it was only when I considered how it would be spoken that I realized his intent.

            This linguistic confusion is especially wrong coming from someone who, at the very least, is a hobbyist programmer (I checked Icegryphon's post history,
          • "Have" does not sound like "of", even when unstressed. What is being confused is "would've" vs "would of", the former obviously being a contraction of "would have".

          • So why is it so common to read "would of" but rare to read any of:
            - would huff
            - wood of
            - wood have
            - woo dove ...?

  • "the development of conference and training content"


    Who did he piss off?

    • He's a blackhat. It's his job to piss everyone off.

    • by strat ( 39913 )

      It would be a mistake to confuse a founder of a company who later sells it with some hired hand. There's no shame in moving on to different things or diversifying your interests after a "favorable exit" (to use a term of art from the VC world).

  • by zAPPzAPP ( 1207370 ) on Friday April 29, 2011 @07:13PM (#35980776)

    .. a vulnerability in the process for finding new ICANN VPs has recently been discovered.
    Any exploits for this are currently unknown.

  • Finally (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Gallomimia ( 1415613 ) on Friday April 29, 2011 @07:20PM (#35980824) Homepage
    ...someone who knows the the fuck they are doing in a regulatory position for the internet.
    • Now we just need to see if the ones who do NOT know what the fuck they are doing will let him work his magic...
    • ICANN's always been about Intellectual Property, not the Internet Protocol. So they DO have some idea about what job they're doing and how it works, it's just not what you or I wanted to have them doing. And they spent a long time making sure community involvement in their policy-making didn't happen (such as Karl Auerbach's membership on their board), because internet users were not the community they were working for.

      And yeah, I'm glad they hired him.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 29, 2011 @07:27PM (#35980884)


  • He always was politically astute.

  • I think Jeff will do well, and told him as much. He's walking into an inherently political environment, and he has demonstrated his ability to be diplomatic in groups of mixed stakeholders. Perhaps more importantly, he isn't beholden to any one particular vendor, regulator or constituency, which is important if you ever have to make difficult decisions in the public eye.

  • Jeff has been doing this shit since 1992.

    Back in 1992, did you care enough about computer security to organize a worldwide fucking conference on the topic?

    If the answer is no, and I know it is, shut the fuck up and let the man enjoy it.

    My first time was DefCon V in 1997.and that was also the day that I learned that there were people that were actually doing the shit that I had been thinking about.

    Free Kevin! Viva Las Dark Tangent!

    • Sir, I don't mean to bring you down but Kevin's been free for over 11 years. Jeff seems to be a great guy, I'm sure he'll do very well.
    • by synaptic ( 4599 )

      There were plenty of conventions before defcon (e.g. HoHoCon, SummerCon, CCC, etc)

      Get off my lawn..

  • Remember the dark side is the fun side of the force, go get drunk smoke something and pick a fight with a Storm Trooper http://www.fluxradio.org/vader.mp3 [fluxradio.org] ha ha ha

  • Absolutely no peer-review before a presenter is accepted. The result? The presentations consist mostly of attention-seeking morons who present half-hoaxes and half-misleading garbage as "a new class of attacks", etc. etc. I would not hire that guy even to bring me coffee.

  • Moving from a position managing a room full of loudmouth self-aggrandisers with an inflated sense of their own technical ability to...

Loose bits sink chips.