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Serbian hacker culture
As seen in this traditional Serbian restaurant where the first assembly of early arrivals for the conference met for local food and drink, its culture has a rich and storied (and tragic) history. Much of the country is poor and still recovering from the brutal 1999 NATO bombings - which put Serbian hackers in the news for the first time when they took out NATO's servers with a weeklong DDoS in a push back to stop the bombings.
Novi Sad, where BalCCon is having its first hacker Congress, was punished beyond the pale in NATO's aggression. This made for a determined hacker population that had no out-of-the-box computing like many other hacker cultures, and shapes the views of Balkan hackers to make them like no other hacker population on Earth.
But like most hackers, generalizing does them a disservice, and at BalCCon we've seen the gamut, from Linux evangelists and hacktivists to science hackers, hackers-for-good - and, of course, black hats with 'crew' names.
Much of Novi Sad is "under repair" - this house matches all the ones on its block, just across the street from where a 5-star hotel is, and half a block another is being constructed:
Read more about BalCCon in Darknets, wargames and Raspberry Pi at first-ever Balkan hacker conference.