NSA chief to talk at hackers' conference in Vegas

Jul 31, 2013 by Ken Ritter

Hackers will be in the audience when the head of the U.S. National Security Agency makes a scheduled speech before an annual conference at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander has been unapologetic in recent public appearances about the methods the NSA uses to, in his words, connect the dots and go after bad guys who aim to kill people.

But he'll face a skeptical and tech-savvy audience in his keynote comments Wednesday at the annual Black Hat conference at Caesars Palace.

Alexander acknowledges the ongoing debate about federal collecting telephone and Internet information.

But he says the issue is stopping terrorist attacks.

He has insisted that it's "flat not true" the is listening to people's phone calls and reading their emails.

Explore further: Spy program gathered Americans' Internet records

3.7 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US spy master courts top hackers at Def Con

Jul 27, 2012

US spy master Keith Alexander on Friday courted hackers at an infamous Def Con gathering rife with software tricksters wary of police and ferociously protective of privacy.

Spy program gathered Americans' Internet records

Jun 27, 2013

(AP)—The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol ...

US spy chief: Plot against Wall Street foiled

Jun 18, 2013

The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare ...

US NSA chief backs cybersecurity law

Jul 10, 2012

The head of the powerful National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said the US must adopt a law to protect the country from cyberattacks while insisting that it would respect privacy.

Computer hackers and defenders mix in Las Vegas

Jul 24, 2012

Rival factions from the Internet security world will mix warily this week at a pair of Las Vegas conferences gathering computer security experts and software savants who make sport of hacking them.

Recommended for you

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

Apr 18, 2014

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

Apr 18, 2014

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

White House updating online privacy policy

Apr 18, 2014

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

TCS, Mitsubishi to create new Japan IT services firm

India's biggest outsourcing firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Japan's Mitsubishi Corp said Monday they are teaming up to create a Japanese software services provider with annual revenues of $600 million.

Finnish inventor rethinks design of the axe

(Phys.org) —Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä is the man behind the Vipukirves Leveraxe, which is a precision tool for splitting firewood. He designed the tool to make the job easier and more efficient, with ...

Atom probe assisted dating of oldest piece of earth

(Phys.org) —It's a scientific axiom: big claims require extra-solid evidence. So there were skeptics in 2001 when University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience professor John Valley dated an ancient crystal ...