Hackers of the world, unite! In Vegas because, where else?

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Hackers of the world, unite! In Vegas because, where else?

World’s biggest cybersecurity conference started in 1997, when it was just a ‘hacker summer camp’ for geeks

Margi Murphy

It is 41ºC on the Las Vegas strip. Tourists amble along the sweltering boulevard, lined with giant hotels, neon signs and gaudy architecture.

Amid the usual crowds of holidaymakers and gamblers, this week more than 19,000 hackers have descended on the City of Sin to celebrate another year of “keeping the world safe”.

Black Hat, the world’s biggest annual cybersecurity conference, opened its doors in 1997 and has since grown from an obscure “hacker summer camp” for geeks into a vast and increasingly mainstream event sponsored by blue-chip companies such as Cisco and Accenture...

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