Hackers and trackers mixing and mingling

The middle aged G men who wear crisp suits and consort with teenage hackers sporting purple hair can make the two conferences that will converge in Las Vegas this week look like a scene from a science fiction movie.

In fact, the gatherings are the most important in the world of computer security, drawing a "Who's Who" list of leaders from companies like Microsoft and Cisco Systems, government agencies including the FBI and underground groups that act as a neighborhood watch for the Internet.

The motley band of researchers, U.S. agents and cyber hobbyists come to learn how to fortify networks against the latest attacks, share research on new vulnerabilities and recruit people in a field where competition for talent is growing increasingly fierce. Hackers and trackers mixing and mingling - Technology - International Herald Tribune

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